Oocyte donation: altruism or financial incentive?

Publié le : 19 July 2013

 A Belgian study has focused on how women are motivated to donate their oocytes – financial gain or altruism? 1,423 female donors from 11 European countries with differing legislation were interviewed. It appears that most of the donors adopted an altruistic approach whereas "a large proportion were looking for financial gain".  

In fact, 46% of donors under 25 years of age were guided by their concern for others whereas 12% were motivated purely by financial gain. These statistics are, however, more marked in some countries such as Greece where 40% of donors admitted "to being motivated from a purely financial perspective".             
It should be remembered that oocyte donation is not remunerated in France but Belgian donors may be paid up to 2,000 Euros.

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