About

We Are Donor Conceived was launched in 2016 as a resource center for donor conceived people around the globe. It's also a place where donor conceived people can share their stories with each other and the general public in order to inspire greater understanding about the unique challenges we face.

If you are a donor-conceived individual looking to connect with others in the same unique situation, please join our private Facebook group, exclusively for donor-conceived people.


If you a journalist or producer working on a story about DNA testing or donor conception, please direct your inquiries to wearedonorconceived@gmail.com. We welcome the opportunity to have our voices heard on this important subject.

VIDEOS

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Welcome Message

If you just found out you were conceived using donated sperm or eggs, we want you to know you are not alone.
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Your Bio Father is a Sperm Donor

Chloe Elizabeth, a donor-conceived person from Australia, shares highs and lows of her journey to discover her full identity.

Articles & Selected Resources

How-tos, guides, and other information for donor conceived people

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DNA detectives and the end of family secrets

Sign up to a DNA site and you might uncover Viking ancestry – or who your father was. Adoptees and donor-conceived people can now make shock genetics discoveries with a simple saliva swab and they're doing it in droves.
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Finding the Lost Generation of Sperm Donors

This thoughtful feature article by Ashley Fetters for The Atlantic explores several issues surrounding donor conception, including DNA testing and the ethical implications of anonymity.
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Donor-Conceived Children Demand Rights

This Newsweek article provides a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding donor conception with supporting quotes from donor-conceived people who are advocates for the DC community.

Personal Stories

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I am Bound by a Contract I Didn’t Sign

I first want to express my gratitude, love, and support for everyone in the donor conceived community. Being DC has hit me very, very hard. I've spent the past several months going to therapy, doing self-healing, seeking spiritual help, and contemplating my life direction.
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I Am Not Your Secret

What’s wrong with donor conception? I don’t even know where to begin. To start with, apart from having no medical records, being conceived by ‘artificial insemination’ is just weird.
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Familiar Strangers

When I got my first set of test results back in 2012, I made a bargain with myself that if I gave in to my irrepressible desire to find out who I was and where I came from, then I would be satisfied.
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I Was Artificially Created

I am a donor-conceived person. This means that my mom went to a fertility clinic with a sperm bank and was artificially inseminated to get pregnant. She was/is a single mom and this was her only option. She elected to use an anonymous sperm donor.
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Anything is Possible

I cannot describe what it feels like to see your father's face for the first time. I was on the couch and the lights were off, TV on, and the whole world stopped.
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Dear Donor

Letters from donor conceived individuals to their biological fathers or other genetic family members in search of information and human connection.
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Dear Donor Part 2

Letters from donor conceived individuals to their biological fathers or other genetic family members in search of information and human connection.

Q&As

Q&A: DNA Detectives

Many DC people use DNA tests to unlock the mystery of their genetic heritage, learn more about their health, and even search for family members. To shed some light on how to go about the latter, we tapped a volunteer search assistant for tips about where to begin and how to get help.
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Q&A: Nicholas Isel

Nicholas Isel was conceived using sperm from The Repository for Germinal Choice. His experience as a donor conceived person has been featured in books, radio programs, and an upcoming documentary. Most recently, Isel created an FDA petition that seeks to improve record keeping standards and make personal information about donors more readily accessible.

Documentaries

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The Genius Factory

Learn more about a new feature-length documentary about the Repository for Germinal Choice, a controversial sperm bank that purportedly stocked sperm from Nobel Prize winners.
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Father Mother Donor Child

In this documentary film, Maria Arlamovsky talks to the people affected by third party reproduction, including donor-conceived adults, sperm and egg donors, sperm donor clinic directors, and parents.
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Donor Unknown

Donor Unknown is a documentary feature that follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, a 20-year-old donor conceived person who is driven to find out more information about her sperm donor father, known only as Donor 150.