Personal Stories

We are very grateful to all those who have taken the time to write about their personal experiences of donor conception and issues relating to it. These stories are invaluable in helping to share common feelings around complex issues. Reading about how others have dealt with things is often very reassuring.

Use the drop-down options to search for particular story types. And if you would like to contribute your own story, please do get in touch with us.

This is Paul's account of his struggle to face up to have zero sperm and then what happened.

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The experience of infertility does not end with the birth of a donor conceived child.

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A new member talks about how he confronted his fears when he and partner came to their first DC Network meeting.

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Essay from a Member of the Donor Sibling Registry

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With Father's Day on the horizon my thoughts stray to the man whose gift allowed my children to come into being. This man is not the doctor or mid wife that delivered them. This man is their sperm donor.

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by Janice Stevens Botsford, Michigan, USA

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In 1945 my father, a surgeon in the United States, arranged for my mother to undergo this procedure at the University of Chicago Medical School. After the second world war DI was introduced as a new technique.

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Bill Cordray is an American now in his sixties who was told he was donor conceived when he was 37.

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By Ellie, age 10 and three-quarters

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