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Risks and Benefits of Egg Donation Reported
Date:12/26/2008

ton (seven) and New Jersey (seven).

Dr. Harry Lieman, medical director of the Montefiore Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health in New York City, said his clinic's own consent form is about 12 to 13 pages long, and that women are definitely informed of both potential physical and psychological risks.

Both Kenney and Lieman expressed concern that there aren't really any long-term studies on the effects of egg donation on the donor's fertility. And, there aren't likely to be any because the process is generally anonymous in the United States and there is no registry of health information from women who've donated their eggs.

Still, most women who went through the donation process were happy with the experience, the new study found.

Lieman said women donating eggs should know there definitely is a "positive side" to donation, and that these women are doing something special to help infertile couples. "They're bringing a whole world to these couples," he said.

More information

The New York State Department of Health offers advice on whether or not to become an egg donor.



SOURCES: Nancy J. Kenney, Ph.D., associate professor, psychology and women's studies, University of Washington, Seattle; Harry Lieman, M.D., medical director, Montefiore Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health, New York City; December 2008 Fertility and Sterility


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