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Psychosocial aspects of identity-release gamete donation - perspectives of donors, recipients, and offspring
Uppsala Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
Karolinska Inst, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967Article, review/survey (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Donor conception creates families with varying genetic linkage between family members. This may have short-term as well as lifelong psychosocial consequences for all involved. Gamete donors have traditionally been anonymous to recipients and offspring, but there is a growing trend towards identity-release donor programmes that give offspring the right to obtain the donors identity. This review aims to provide an overview of the perspectives of donors and recipients and offspring involved in identity-release donation. The results show that both oocyte and sperm donors have primarily altruistic motives, and recipients, in particular lesbian and single women, are generally open about the donation to their offspring. The few existing studies on offspring perspectives indicate that those who are aware of their donor conception appear to be interested in contact with the donor, and most donors are open to such contact. Investigations of donors and recipients indicate a need for more counselling and support to manage family life with varying genetic linkage within and outside the family unit. This includes preparing for and managing future contact between the donor and his/her family and donor offspring and their family, as well as between donor siblings and their respective families.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2019.
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Disclosure; donor offspring; gamete donation; open-identity donors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162871DOI: 10.1080/03009734.2019.1696431ISI: 000500669700001PubMedID: 31802698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-162871DiVA, id: diva2:1382265
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