If you are an academic researcher interested in carrying out a study relating to donor conception and would like to find out about recruiting through DCN membership, please visit this page.
If you are interested in taking part in current research:
New research requests are posted here when we are approached by researchers in the field. Your views and contribution to research can help build a body of information which can benefit individuals and families such as yours.
DCN has a research committee which reviews all the research requests to the Network to ensure that it is conducted appropriately and fits in with our members. Contact DCN if you have any questions on the procedure by emailing email@example.com
Who can participate
The project will explore the unique strengths and challenges that from the adult child's perspective - are part of being donor conceived.
If you are a donor-conceived person aged 18-30, for now looking for sperm-donor conceived in any family configuration.
Research carried out in recent years in DC Network includes the following studies:
Sample / Audience
Solo mums, Lesbian couples
The Circumstances of Pregnancy questionnaire: ensuring its relevance and acceptability to today's generation of new mothers.
Review of a questionnaire used in UK maternity services and the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. The changes reflect the changing views and circumstances of pregnant women in the UK and further afield.
A review of the Donor Conception Network's Our Story books
This study conducted a cross-sectional survey with DCN members and non-members to evaluate the use of the Our Story book range in terms of parent/s and children confidence in their donor conception story.
Curious Connections: The Impact of Donating Egg and Sperm on Donors' Everyday Life and relationships
This study explored how donating eggs or sperm impacts on the everyday lives and relationships of donors. It reviewed the UK policy context to donation and the rights and obligations of donors and their families. It also looked at how egg and sperm donors negotiate donation within their everyday lives and relationships.
Egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: An interdisciplinary study
This study (‘EDNA’ for short) explored the social, political, economic and moral configuration of
egg donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain, providing a more holistic understanding of how egg
donation is experienced, organised and regulated across the three countries.
See Jai's blog, regularly updated with publications and more. The film resulting from the project can be viewed here.
Self-reported physical health status of donor sperm-conceived adults
This study compared the self-reported health outcomes for adults conceived through donor sperm (n=272) and those conceived naturally. There were higher reports of some health conditions in the donor-sperm conceived group, including for type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, acute bronchitis, allergies, sleep apnoea and having ear tubes/grommets surgically implanted.