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J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2012 Jan;34(1):72-9.

Perspectives of Canadian oocyte donors and recipients on donor compensation and the establishment of a personal health information registry.

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  • 1University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, England.


We report the views of 33 women who were involved in an altruistic oocyte donation program about provisions under Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act 2004 to prohibit donor compensation and to establish a Personal Health Information Registry. The participants had been either donors of oocytes to a recipient known to them (15) or recipients of such donation (18) through services provided by a clinic in a large Canadian city, and they each participated in a semi-structured face-to-face or telephone interview. Among the 15 donor participants, seven were friends of the recipient, six were sisters, one was a niece of the recipient, and one donor donated twice, once to her sister and once to a friend. In eight cases the donor and recipient participated in interviews independently. At the time of interview, 11 of the 25 separate cases had resulted in a live birth and one in an ongoing pregnancy, so that "successful" and "unsuccessful" donations were equally represented among participants. While divergent views were reported among and between donors and recipients on an altruistic model versus a compensated model of donation, most participants largely endorsed the establishment of a personal health information registry.

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