Gynecology, Obstetrics and Perinatology

IVF with donor oocytes and surrogate motherhood. Psychological specificities of patients

The use of donor eggs has made it possible for many women to give birth to a baby who is related to them biologically, but not genetically. In cases, when the childbearing organ is absent or pregnancy is contraindicated, a woman can resort to a surrogate motherhood programme. Pregnancy, childbirth and acquisition of parental status are a very important and significant period of life for women and their partners. As is often erroneously believed, pregnancy and motherhood after treatment of infertility with the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are trouble-free and satisfactory. But ART might bring certain risks and problems. Studies in this field are indicative of unsatisfied psychosocial expectations of women and their partners after a successful treatment of infertility by ART. The review deals with psychological specificities of patients who use donor eggs or enroll in a «Surrogate motherhood» programme.

Key words: oocyte donation, psychological state of recipients, surrogate motherhood.

For citation: Trifonova N.S., Zhukova E.V., Grinyeva A.M., Aleksandrov L.S., Borisova N.I. IVF with donor oocytes and surrogate motherhood. Psychological specificities of patients. Vopr. ginekol. akus. perinatol. (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Perinatology). 2019; 18(1): 87–95.
DOI: 10.20953/1726-1678-2019-1-87-95