International Perspectives on Oocyte Donation

  • Jeffrey A. Nisker


The practice of oocyte donation varies widely from country to country, reflecting complexity in moral issue and cultural contexts for each potential source of oocytes (Tables 21.1 and 21.2). Impellation for women to consider being oocyte donors may be socioeconomic or, as evidenced by voluntary anonymous donation, approaching altruistic. The impellation often reflects national health care systems and cultural ethos; for example, in countries where in vitro fertilization (IVF) is not fully embraced by the government health care system (e.g., Canada) or where no national health care system exists (e.g., the United States), IVF patients may become oocyte donors, this practice does not exist in most European countries or Australia where IVF is part of national health care. Physicians, scientists, and the public may also vary in their view of appropriate sources of oocytes, not only from nation to nation but also within each country.


Ovarian Tissue Premature Ovarian Failure Oocyte Donation National Health Care System Assisted Conception 
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