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14 May 2024

Home Insemination Research Study

Did you or your same-sex partner (past or current) use a known sperm donor and ‘home’ insemination methods to conceive?

Home insemination: the motivations and experiences of same-sex couples using known sperm donors and self-insemination methods to conceive in Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you or your partner conceived using a known donor and ‘home’ insemination (not within a fertility clinic), between the years of 2004 - 2024, in Aotearoa New Zealand I would like to invite you to participate in this research. 


This involves taking part in an interview at a time (and place) convenient to you. The interview can be either face-to-face (if it’s in the Auckland area) or via online media or telephone. The interview is expected to take approximately one hour of your time.  


The project aims are to: 


  • develop a better understanding of the motivations of same-sex couples who use known (e.g., family member, friend, acquaintance) sperm donors and home-insemination methods to conceive in Aotearoa New Zealand  

  • explore the experiences of same-sex family building outside of a clinical environment (e.g., a fertility clinic) 

  • understand the challenges faced by same-sex couples who conceived ‘at home’ using donor sperm from a known donor.


The findings of this research may help to anticipate the needs and provide appropriate support for same-sex couples, donors, donor-conceived people, and their families who conceive outside of a clinical framework in Aotearoa New Zealand. The findings of this research may help inform practice (e.g., counselling approaches). This research will also form part of the research project requirements that are a component of Auckland University of Technology’s postgraduate Bachelor of Health Science Honours qualifications. 



If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Angela Fyfe via email at

This study is conducted by Angela Fyfe, Bachelor of Health Science Honours in Psychology, Auckland University of Technology under the supervision of Associate Professor Sonja Goedeke, Associate Professor in Psychology, Auckland University of Technology.

Approved by the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee on 25 March 2024 AUTEC

Reference number 24/31

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