Egg Donors Largely Satisfied with Their Experience

Egg donors satisfied, willing to donate again, according to new survey

TUESDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of egg donors report satisfaction with having been a donor and have a high willingness to donate again, according to the results of a survey released online in advance of publication in an upcoming issue of Fertility and Sterility.

Nancy J. Kenney, Ph.D., of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and a co-author used a questionnaire to survey 80 women who had donated eggs for the first time between 1989 and 2002. Participants were asked about their demographic characteristics, initial awareness of, and interest in, egg donation, as well as their experience with their first egg donation.

The majority of donors reported being satisfied with having donated their eggs. The participants reported both financial and selfless reasons for being an egg donor. Prior to the procedure, 62.8 percent of donors perceived the physical risks to be minor, and 73.8 percent reported their actual effects were minor. Although the women self-reported an awareness of physical risks prior to the procedure, these did not concur well with the physical effects actually experienced, the researchers note. Conversely, the donors experienced less psychological effect following the procedure than the psychological risk they were aware of prior to the procedure.

The authors conclude that these results "suggest that the current systems for recruiting and educating egg donors are working well for most women but that there are arenas in which improvements can be made."

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