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Gamete donors motivation in a Swedish national sample: is there any ambivalence? A descriptive study
Uppsala University, Sweden .
Karolinska Institute, Sweden .
Sahlgrens Acad, Sweden .
Uppsala University, Sweden .
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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
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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 similar toandlt;similar to 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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Informa Healthcare / Wiley-Blackwell , 2012. Vol. 91, no 8, 944-951 p.
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Oocyte donor, sperm donor, motive, ambivalence, depression
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79633DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2012.01430.xISI: 000306406800010OAI: diva2:543979
Funding Agencies|Merck Serono||Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden (FORSS)||Medical Research Council (RFR) of Uppsala||Medical Research Council (RFR) of Orebro||Medical Faculty, Uppsala University||Uppsala University||Available from: 2012-08-13 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2012-08-13

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Sydsjö, Gunilla
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Obstetrics and gynecologyFaculty of Health SciencesDepartment of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping
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