Being a sperm, egg or embryo donor can raise many decisions and implications. If you donated many years ago your feelings may have changed over time. You may find yourself wondering if any children were born using your donation and what they might look like or if they share your interests and hobbies. Many donor-conceived people feel like they are missing part of their identity and would like to make connections with their donor.
When you made your donation you may have chosen to donate anonymously. Due to the advancements in family DNA testing, it is now possible for people to find members of their family even if the specific person they are searching for has not taken a DNA test. This is done by working out family trees based on the members of a family who have tested. For example, if your sister or nephew decides to find out more about their family heritage using a DNA test, a child born from your donation would link to them on the DNA website and could use this to find out more information about their donor family.
As a result of the growing popularity of online family tree websites and DNA testing, people are regularly discovering they are donor-conceived and investigating new family connections using these sites.
The clinic where you made your donation should be able to provide you with information about how many births resulted from your donation and give you your donor code. Unfortunately, there are instances where donor code records cannot be located or the records no longer exist. Please contact us and we can make further enquiries on your behalf. We can also provide support and intermediary services to people who have been contacted through direct-to-consumer DNA testing.
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We encourage you to use our services which are free and confidential, and available to all parties involved in donor conception.