Luisa Baron | Médica psiquiatra especialista en Fertilidad

Poster Financial compensation for donors: psychological follow-up before, during, and after egg donation procedure in a Latin-American country

L. Barón, A. Koreck, L. Capece, S.M. Lancuba2

IMPSI, Fertility, Buenos Aires, Argentina, CIMER, Fertility, Buenos Aires,


Introduction: The aim of this study was to achieve a better understanding of donors’ motivations to enter an Oocyte Donation programme with economic compensation; to evalúate the need for a diagnostic psychological interview to rule out psychological pathology and to evalúate potential donors’ knowl­edge ubout the procedures and its consequences.

Methods: The group consisted of the first 40 potential donors that approached a fertility clinic. Inclusión criteria were: 21 to 35 years oíd, fully schooled. Oniy one member of each couple had a regular monthly income. All had children. During 2005, semi-structured interviews of psychoanalytical orientation were conducted with limited objectives. A specifically designed questionnaire was administered before and after the donation.

Results: Only 2 out of the 40 patients were not admitted (one because of diag­nose of múltiple personality disorder with sexual promiscuity and the other for lack of knowledge of the consequences of the procedure). 80% knew of the medical consequences of the procedure. For all of the surveyed, economic reasons were Usted as the first motivation (as donors considered that their finan­cial compensation could improve their living conditions in the first place and children’s education in the second). The second motivation in the list was the altruistic desire  to help another woman become a mother. 84% of the poten­tial donors stated that their children had had a repairing effect in their Uves. None of the surveyed expressed opposition to be contacted in the future, or feared the loss of their anonymity. 32 expressed desires to repeat the procedure. 38 stated that the most distress was felt while awaiting their own ovarían response.

Conclusions: Our results suggest that beyond the economic reasons, lay a strong altruistic motivation among the fertile donors, from having experienced their own matemities and associating feelings of satisfaction to it. However more research is needed based on the fact that this is a new issue to our own culture.

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