What is it about?

Our study explored the experiences of individuals who had undergone egg donation provided by a friend or family member ('known egg donation') in order to make recommendations for counselling practice. Previously, there was little guidance for infertility counselling in this area.

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Why is it important?

Our study is the first in the UK to directly explore the experiences of recipient men in known egg donation. New findings suggest that recipient couples may feel a sense of obligation to accept the donors' offer of donation, and that known donation can have positive implications for the donor's relationship with the recipient, even when the donation is unsuccessful.


I hope this article adds to our current understandings of known egg donation from the perspective of those directly involved, and that it can be used to inform a new practice guide for infertility counsellors working with those undergoing this form of donation.

Dr Nina Martin
Leeds Beckett University

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This page is a summary of: Recipient and donor experiences of known egg donation: implications for fertility counselling, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2019.1645308.
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