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Gamete donors' motivation in a Swedish national sample: is there any ambivalence? A descriptive study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Reproduktiv hälsa/Sundström Poromaa)
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Klinisk och experimentell reproduktionsbiologi/Olovsson)
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2012 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 91, no 8, 944-951 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE:

To study donors' motivation and ambivalence before donation of gametes.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study.

SETTING:

Seven Swedish university hospital clinics. Sample. Of the 220 eligible oocyte donors and 156 eligible sperm donors who were approached, 181 (82%) oocyte donors and 119 (76%) sperm donors agreed to participate.

METHODS:

Gamete donors completed a questionnaire in the clinic prior to the donation.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Motives and ambivalence towards donation.

RESULTS:

In general, gamete donors donated for altruistic reasons (95%). A greater percentage of oocyte than sperm donors had a personal experience of biological children, which motivated them to donate (65 vs. 32%). A greater percentage of sperm donors compared with oocyte donors were curious about their own fertility (24 vs. 9%), and they also believed that they were contributing what they regarded as their own good genes to other couples (45 vs. 20%). Prior to donation, potential sperm donors were more ambivalent towards donating than were oocyte donors (39 and 21%, p < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The motives to donate gametes are mainly altruistic. We conclude that men and women differ in their view towards donating gametes. Sperm donors had a higher degree of ambivalent feelings towards donation than oocyte donors.

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2012. Vol. 91, no 8, 944-951 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187155DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2012.01430.xISI: 000306406800010PubMedID: 22536824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187155DiVA: diva2:573855
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Correction in: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2013, vol. 97, issue 3, pages 366-366, doi: 10.1111/aogs.12084

Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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