Public opinion regarding oocyte donation in Turkey: first data from a secular population among the Islamic world
Authors: Isikoglu, M.; Senol, Y.; Berkkanoglu, M.; Ozgur, K.; Donmez, L.; Stones-Abbasi, A.
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 21, Number 1, January 2006 , pp. 318-323(6)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:INTRODUCTION: We aimed to reveal the general attitudes of Turkish people toward various aspects of oocyte donation. METHODS:This descriptive study was carried out in two separate districts of a large Turkish city. Four hundred participants were chosen by cluster sampling methods. The questionnaires were performed by 4th year medical students face to face with the participants. RESULTS: The participants consisted of 232 women (58%) and 168 men (42%); 65% were married, 5% were divorced; 64% had children, 15 (4%) had infertility problems, 263 (66%) were graduates of high school or university; 269 (67%) considered themselves religious. Only less than one-third of the respondents actually knew what oocyte donation meant. Approval of oocyte donation was high in our study sample. Only 61 (15%) respondents showed complete objection to oocyte donation and more men were in favour than women. Less than half of the participants thought that their religion would prevent oocyte donation if they needed it. More than half of the participants would prefer the use of oocyte donation treatment rather than adoption of a child. CONCLUSION: This is the first report on the attitudes towards oocyte donation from a country having a secular constitution and whose population is mainly Muslim. The most important conclusion to be drawn from the present study is the fact that most of the participants did not have any objection to oocyte donation treatments.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 2006
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