Indian egg donors’ characteristics, motivations and feelings towards the recipient and resultant child

Jadva, Vasanti, Lamba, Nishtha ORCID logoORCID:, Kadam, K. and Golombok, Susan (2015) Indian egg donors’ characteristics, motivations and feelings towards the recipient and resultant child. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, 1 (2) . pp. 98-103. ISSN 2405-6618 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.rbms.2016.04.003)

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This is the first study to examine characteristics, motivations and experiences of Indian egg donors. In-depth interviews were conducted with 25 egg donors who had donated during the previous 8 months at a fertility clinic in Mumbai. The semi-structured interviews were conducted in Hindi and English. In addition to demographic information, data were collected on donors’ motivations for donating, with whom they had discussed donation, and feelings towards the recipients. The response rate was 66%. All participants were literate and had attended school. Twenty (80%) egg donors had children and five (20%) did not. The most common motivation (19, 76%) for donating was financial need. Egg donors had discussed their donation with their husband or with close family/friends, with almost all mentioning that wider society would disapprove. The majority (20, 80%) had no information about the recipients and 11 (44%) preferred not to. The findings highlight the similarities and differences between egg donors from India and those from other countries and that egg donors are of a more varied demographic background than surrogates in India. Given that India has been a popular destination for fertility treatment, the findings have important implications for regulation and practice within India and internationally.

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Additional Information: Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2015, Pages 98-103
Keywords (uncontrolled): characteristics, Indian egg donors, motivations, recipients
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 35282
Notes on copyright: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Depositing User: Nishtha Lamba
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2022 08:56
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2022 12:25

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