Systematic review of oocyte donation: investigating attitudes, motivations and experiences

Purewal, Satvinder and Van den Akker, Olga (2009) Systematic review of oocyte donation: investigating attitudes, motivations and experiences. Human Reproduction Update, 15 (5). pp. 499-515. ISSN 1355-4786

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BACKGROUND: The social and psychological factors determining intentions to donate gametes are important for clinics, policy-makers and recruitment campaigns. The aims of this systematic review were therefore to integrate the research findings regarding the psychosocial determinants of oocyte donation and extrapolate women's experiences of donation. METHODS: A bibliographic search of English language publications of four computerized databases was undertaken with no time restriction set for publications. RESULTS: A total of 64 studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. The research syntheses revealed there were distinct differences between patient and non-patient (known, commercial, volunteer and potential) donors on demographic characteristics, motives for donation, and issues relating to disclosure and attitudes towards the resultant offspring. Further, studies have found that a significant proportion of oocyte donors and women from the general population were prepared to donate their oocytes as identifiable donors. Studies which have examined the experiences of donors report positive experiences of oocyte donation. However, a number of methodological limitations relating to the oocyte donation research literature have been identified in this systematic review. CONCLUSION: Differences between donor groups on a range of factors highlight the need for tailored psychosocial evaluation and counselling. The review has demonstrated that it is not useful to generalize across donor groups on various factors relating to oocyte donation.

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Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
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ID Code:3140
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