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.

Planning a family using sperm donation:
a letter from Walter to would-be sperm donation Dads

Dear would-be DI Dad

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Noodle Granny tells it how it is… How does it feel to be the mother of an infertile man and grandmother to donor conceived children?

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Horrible, Absolutely Horrible. In October 2011 the HFEA announced a new compensation scheme for egg and sperm donation, to come into force in April 2012.

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Some of you have met Sam, my DI conceived oldest son aged 16, who has started coming with me to the Network Meetings. In the past he has joined me in being a speaker but he usually helps out with the library and book stall.

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Susannah (or Zannah as she prefers to be known) daughter of DCN founders Olivia Montuschi and Walter Merricks was interviewed in 2007 by email for the first book to be written for parents and professionals about donor conception in Germany.

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Stuart describes the challenging path to donor conception parenthood

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In 1975 Graham was diagnosed as having testicular cancer and had one testicle removed. In the 1990’s, after numerous tests, he and his wife were told they had ‘undiagnosed infertility’.

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Lee's journey from infertility to parenthood                                           

Written for his clinic Newsletter

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November 2007: This very moving post from the Fertility Friends web forum is reprinted here with the permission of the writer.

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Alex, and her sisters, Helen and Charlotte told their wonderful story at the Bristol meeting this summer, for clarity this version as if by Charlotte.