Understand exactly what people conceived from your donation can find out about you and when. On this page we describe what information people conceived from your donation at a licensed clinic can ask us for and when, as set out by law. If you donated before 31 March you may have donated under the conditions of anonymity and expected never to be contacted by anyone born as a result of your donation. It may be a shock to realise that you could be identified or contacted by someone born from your donation. If you donated after 1 August at a UK licensed clinic you may wish to contact us to apply for information about the number of children born from your donation. You may wish to find out about our support and intermediary service for people affected by post-donation issues if you donated between 1 August and 31 March when donors were automatically considered anonymous or are considering re-registering to become an identifiable donor.
Consumer DNA Tests Negate Sperm-Bank-Donor Anonymity
Disclosing the identity of sperm donors
Children conceived from donor sperm during the fertility-industry boom of the s are now becoming adults, and many of them believe they have a basic right to know their genetic heritage. In Canada, as in many other countries, sperm donors are anonymous. But some countries have changed that policy. Austria favours the interests of the offspring, as does Sweden, which banned anonymous sperm donation in The United Kingdom also has an open registry, though some fertility experts in the country are calling for a return to anonymous donation, which they claim will boost donation levels. That opinion is shared by many fertility doctors in other countries, too.
Sperm donors should waive anonymity, fertility regulator says
The rise of consumer genetic tests—which allow people to connect with relatives they never knew they had, including some who never intended to be found in the first place—is forcing sperm donation clinics to confront the fact that it is now virtually impossible to guarantee anonymity to their clients. Instead, sites like 23andMe and Ancestry. That, clinics and outside experts say, has forced a reckoning for the industry. And in at least one case, a clinic has sought to draw a line in the sand, ordering a woman to cease and desist efforts to contact a long-ago donor she had identified after using 23andMe.
To be the biological child of an anonymous sperm donor today is to live in a state of perpetual anticipation. There are hundreds of biological half-sibling groups that number more than 20, according to the Donor Sibling Registry , where siblings can find one another, using their donor number. Groups larger than , the registry reports, are far from rare.