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.

Articles & Selected Resources

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


Has the age of the anonymous sperm donor ended?

Donor-conceived Canadians speak out about donor anonymity, DNA testing, and the need for legislation that protects their rights, including access to information about their health and genetic history.

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.

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.

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.

Scattered Seeds

Scattered Seeds examines the growth of sperm donation and assisted reproduction and how it affects recipients, sperm donors, and donor conceived children and adults.

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.

Sound Off: Response to Pennings Article in BioNews

In an article recently posted on BioNews, Guido Pennings, a professor of ethics and bioethics at Ghent University (Belgium), attempts to substantiate the claim that people conceived through donor insemination do not benefit from being told the truth about their conception.

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.
Nicholas Isel and Lisa Ling

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.
Damian Adams

Q&A: Damian Adams

Damian Adams is a biological research scientist at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute. In his spare time, Adams is pursuing a PhD focused on issues of donor conception and has published several academic papers and editorials surrounding donor conception.
Donor Unknown documentary

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.
My Daddy's Name is Donor

My Daddy’s Name is Donor

Discovering you are donor conceived can sometimes be an isolating process. If you've ever wondered how other donor conceived people feel about issues of identity, family, and social justice, this extensive research paper published in 2010 by the Commission on Parenthood's Future is definitely worth a read.
Insight: Sperm Donation

Insight: Sperm Donation

This episode of Insight explores sperm donation from the perspective of donors, donor conceived adults, parents of donor conceived people, fertility clinic owners, and a legal expert.

Photo Gallery

Self-portraits by donor conceived people