DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20160364

Knowledge and attitudes of infertile couples towards embryo donation program

Usha Rajinikanthan D. B.

Abstract


Background: Despite a high population growth rate in India, infertility remains as a major reproductive health problem. Although, a large number of infertile couples have already benefited from assisted reproductive technology (ART), some have remained childless. One possible option that they may consider is embryo donation (ED) procedure. There are still worldwide controversial attitudes regarding ED program. The aim of this study is to evaluate the attitudes and knowledge of infertile couples on different aspects of embryo donation program.

Methods: A total of 200 infertile patients (women, n=101; men, n=99) attending our clinic, were asked to fill out the questionnaires. Part I of the questionnaire form contained general demographic information. Part II contained 14 questions to reveal their knowledge and attitudes about ED program.

Results: The vast majority of the subjects had formal education. Nearly 80% were in favor of embryo donation program for selected infertile couple. Psychological counseling was strongly recommended by vast majority of respondents for both donor and the recipient of the embryos. Majority of the participants were in favor of ED over adopting a child.

Conclusions: The vast majority of infertile patients had positive attitudes toward ED as treatment for selected infertile cases.

Keywords


Knowledge, Attitude, Embryo donation

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