False beliefs about gametes donors

Written by: Dra. Rocío Núñez Calonge
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

One of the factors that most concern the patients who will undergo an Assisted Reproduction technique involving donation of gametes is the profile of the donors.

Often, and usually because of a lack of truthful information, patients have an image of donors based on myths and false beliefs that does not correspond to reality.

Patients have a myth-based donor imageand false beliefs that do not correspond to reality

Between 2012 and 2013, in the Clinic Tambre analyzed the profile of 593 people who offered as gametes donors and drew the following conclusions:

  • Gametes donors are very young. False. Donors are accepted from the age of 18 to 35, and the average, according to available data, is 25 years for women and 23 for men.
  • The gametes donors are exclusively for the economic compensation. 27% of potential donors say that what motivates them is an interest in helping others to have children, while 38% say that what drives them to do so is a combination of wanting to help and financial compensation; only 17% refer to it only for economic reasons.
  • Anyone can be gametes donor. In our center all the people who present themselves as donors are submitted to a medical and psychological evaluation. From there, 25.50% of the applicants are rejected. To this we should add the percentage of subjects who are rejected by medical criteria. The main reasons for rejection after the psychological evaluation are: a risk profile was detected (to mental disorders, abandonment or repentance), history of alcohol or drug abuse, history of psychotic and suicidal disorders, problems with justice, complete ignorance family history, own history related to your mental health.
  • Most donors are students. According to our data, 32.50% of the people who were accepted as donors were students, 5.25% were unemployed and the remaining 62.25% were active workers.

In conclusion, it is necessary to have up-to-date and real information on gametes donors to decide whether or not to undergo an Assisted Reproduction technique involving them.

From here, we would also encourage other Assisted Reproduction professionals to share their data and thus help support the decision of potential recipients in real and reliable information, free of prejudice and stereotypes.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Rocío Núñez Calonge
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Núñez Calonge is a leading embryologist who practices in Assisted Reproduction since 1985. He is responsible for the Laboratory of Andrology, Embryology and Sperm Bank of Tambre Clinic, of which he is assistant director. He is an international consultant for Assisted Reproduction Centers, is a member of various scientific committees and coordinates the Group of Ethics and Good Clinical Practice Spanish Fertility Society. He combines his professional practice with his role as a teacher.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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