Your anonymity

A person born as a result of your donation will be able to access limited information about you once they reach the age of 16, but you will have no legal responsibility for them.

It's the best feeling in the world to know you have helped someone in such a special way that could change their lives forever. I made a promise to myself when I was pregnant that I would try and help others, so they too could experience the gift of life. I have never regretted my decision. I am sure my own boys would be proud of their mum when they are old enough to understand it all!". Chelmsford Clinic Simply Fertility Egg donor

At the age of 18, they can apply to the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) for further information that was provided by their donor. This includes:

  • A physical description (height, weight, eye and hair colour)
  • The year and country of the donor's birth
  • Ethnicity
  • Whether the donor had any children at the time of donation, how many and their gender
  • Their marital status
  • Their medical history
  • A goodwill message the donor will have written to any potential children
  • Identifying information (name, date of birth and last known address at the time of registering with the HFEA)

As long as both parties agree, anyone conceived through a donor can also contact genetically-related donor-conceived siblings.

If you become a donor, the HFEA has a legal responsibility to contact you and make you aware that someone conceived as a result of your donation has requested your identifying information.