Attitude of Iranian young people toward egg donation from resulting children point of view

Mozafari, M.; Omani Samani, R.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p130
Academic Journal
Introduction: Iran is the only Islamic country in which, donation programs are practiced. This study is done to provide an in-depth analysis of young Iranians' attitudes toward oocyte donation from resulting children point of view. Materials and Methods: As we didn't have access to donation resulting children because of Iranian infertile couples' rejection, Iranian young people, 15-25 years were recruited. Quota sampling method was chosen because the culture, religiosity and education were important in our study. 2 FGDs were held to reach to the data saturation. The participants were asked to give their ideas as donation children. Thematic analysis was used. Results: Almost all of the participants accept egg donation. Our participants were against disclosure, didn't want to know the donor or have any relation with her or her other children. Social stigma was presented and participants didn't have tendency to share this information with others. Financial incentives were acceptable but disliked as a child with genetic link to the donor. Our participants made a distinction between egg donation and sperm donation, but in presenting their reasons there were only feelings and some social and legal issues. It seems that father is the point of power in Iranian families and he is responsible for family security. Conclusion: We defined "safeguarding family integrity" as the main concern of our participants. Father was considered the basis of the family and social stigma was considered as the second important concern. Egg donation was considered completely acceptable when is necessary from children point of view.


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