Money, morals and medical risks: conflicting notions underlying the recruitment of egg donors

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Human Reproduction (Impact Factor: 4.59). 03/1999; 14(2):279-84. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/14.2.279
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    ABSTRACT: There are various treatment options for infertility, and new techniques are also being developed as it is an important healthcare problem affecting approximately 15-20% of married couples. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of infor- mation of fertile and infertile Turkish women on oocyte donation in order to understand their awareness of the legal, ethical, social and religious issues regarding this technique and to compare these two groups in terms of these variables.
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