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The attitude of female students towards sperm donation by their partners

Guido Pennings (UGent) and Veerle Provoost (UGent)
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Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess the attitude of heterosexual female students towards sperm donation by their partners and towards sperm donation in general. Methods: The method is an online anonymous survey of 1525 female students. Results: The majority of the women had a positive attitude towards sperm donation in general, but only 37% would support their partner if he would want to donate. The highest barriers to accepting donation by their partner were the fact that he would have one or more children that she would not know (55.8%) and the chance that he would be traced by his donor offspring (58.9%). There was a significant difference between the general attitude towards sperm donation as a fertility treatment and the attitude towards sperm donation by the partner. Conclusions: Men rightly worry about their partner or future partner when they donated or consider donating sperm. Only about one in three women would support their partner if he would want to donate. The majority of women perceived sperm donation by their partner as an act that also concerns them and believed that they should be heard in this decision. To promote full informed consent, the relational component should be included in counselling donors, not only regarding the present but also regarding the (possible) future partner.
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DONORS, RECRUITMENT, MOTIVATIONS, EXPERIENCES, CONTACT, SWEDISH, MOTIVES, Attitude, Donor conception, Female students, Partner, Sperm donation

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Pennings, Guido, and Veerle Provoost. “The Attitude of Female Students towards Sperm Donation by Their Partners.” JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS, vol. 36, no. 7, 2019, pp. 1431–39.
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Pennings, G., & Provoost, V. (2019). The attitude of female students towards sperm donation by their partners. JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS, 36(7), 1431–1439.
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Pennings, Guido, and Veerle Provoost. 2019. “The Attitude of Female Students towards Sperm Donation by Their Partners.” JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS 36 (7): 1431–39.
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Pennings, Guido, and Veerle Provoost. 2019. “The Attitude of Female Students towards Sperm Donation by Their Partners.” JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS 36 (7): 1431–1439.
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Pennings G, Provoost V. The attitude of female students towards sperm donation by their partners. JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS. 2019;36(7):1431–9.
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G. Pennings and V. Provoost, “The attitude of female students towards sperm donation by their partners,” JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 1431–1439, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Purpose: The aim of this study is to assess the attitude of heterosexual female students towards sperm donation by their partners and towards sperm donation in general.
Methods: The method is an online anonymous survey of 1525 female students.
Results: The majority of the women had a positive attitude towards sperm donation in general, but only 37% would support their partner if he would want to donate. The highest barriers to accepting donation by their partner were the fact that he would have one or more children that she would not know (55.8%) and the chance that he would be traced by his donor offspring (58.9%). There was a significant difference between the general attitude towards sperm donation as a fertility treatment and the attitude towards sperm donation by the partner.
Conclusions: Men rightly worry about their partner or future partner when they donated or consider donating sperm. Only about one in three women would support their partner if he would want to donate. The majority of women perceived sperm donation by their partner as an act that also concerns them and believed that they should be heard in this decision. To promote full informed consent, the relational component should be included in counselling donors, not only regarding the present but also regarding the (possible) future partner.},
  author       = {Pennings, Guido and Provoost, Veerle},
  issn         = {1058-0468},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS},
  keywords     = {DONORS,RECRUITMENT,MOTIVATIONS,EXPERIENCES,CONTACT,SWEDISH,MOTIVES,Attitude,Donor conception,Female students,Partner,Sperm donation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {1431--1439},
  title        = {The attitude of female students towards sperm donation by their partners},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10815-019-01491-0},
  volume       = {36},
  year         = {2019},
}

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