Egg donors’ motivations, experiences, and opinions: A survey of egg donors in South Africa

Autoři: Donrich Thaldar aff001
Působiště autorů: School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 15(1)
Kategorie: Research Article


The objective of this study was to gain information from egg donors in South Africa (SA) which could be pertinent to policy development on egg donation. The study was conducted on egg donors in the database of a Cape Town-based egg donation agency who donated within a year preceding the study. 150 egg donors from the population of 226 participated in an online survey. The main results are: 95% of respondents experienced egg donation as being positive. However, 7% of respondents report not giving proper informed consent, and a similar percentage of respondents also report not knowing whether any medical risks actually materialised as sequelae to their donations. This is a cause for concern and should be investigated further. Regarding donor anonymity, which is currently the legal position in SA, 79% of respondents indicated that they would still have donated had they been legally required to release their identities. Accordingly, possible legal reform away from the current system of donor anonymity seems unlikely to significantly impact the supply of donated eggs. Regarding motivation, respondents report being primarily motivated by wanting to help infertile women. However, respondents believe that a fair and realistic amount of compensation would be about 60% higher than what is currently paid as the national standard fixed amount. This fixed-amount compensation system should be further investigated in terms of its legality, impact on donor profile, and its current amount.

Klíčová slova:

Altruistic behavior – Employment – Female infertility – Fertilization – Finance – Human genetics – Regulations – Surveys


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