Gamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register

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Blyth, E., Crawshaw, M., Frith, L. and van den Akker, O. 2017. Gamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register. Human Fertility. 20 (4), pp. 268-278. https://doi.org/10.1080/14647273.2017.1292005
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TitleGamete donors’ reasons for, and expectations and experiences of, registration with a voluntary donor linking register
AuthorsBlyth, E., Crawshaw, M., Frith, L. and van den Akker, O.
Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the views and experiences of 21 sperm donors and five egg donors registered with UK DonorLink (UKDL), a voluntary DNA-based contact register established to facilitate contact between adults who wish to identify and locate others to whom they are genetically related following donor conception. Specifically, the paper examines donors’ reasons for searching for, or making information about themselves available to donor-conceived offspring. Their expectations of registration with UKDL, experiences of being registered and finally, the experiences of those who had contacted donor-conceived offspring and other genetic relatives are investigated. While most respondents reported largely positive experiences of registration, the study found significant issues relating to concerns about donation, DNA testing, possible linking with offspring and expectations of any relationship that might be established with offspring that have implications for support, mediation and counselling. Research that puts the experiences, perceptions and interests of gamete donors as the central focus of study is a relatively recent phenomenon. This study contributes to this debate and highlights directions for future research in this area.

Research GroupApplied Health Psychology group
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis
JournalHuman Fertility
ISSN1464-7273
Publication dates
Online21 Feb 2017
Print02 Oct 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Mar 2017
Accepted08 Sep 2016
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Fertility on 21/02/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14647273.2017.1292005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14647273.2017.1292005
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