We are delighted to be able to share some of our research findings and publications to date.
Here is the link to our first publication, based on surveys from over 375 current and former egg donors:
Tober, Diane, C. Garibaldi, A. Blair, K. Baltzell. 2020. Alignment between expectations and experiences of egg donors: what does it mean to be informed? In Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online. Volume 12, P1-13, March 01, 2021. Open Access, Published:September 18, 2020 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2020.08.003
More coming soon....
Conference Presentations and Posters
One of our goals is to make our research available to the people who can benefit from it--including both egg donors and those who work with egg donors. Below are some of the preliminary findings from our 2019 survey that we presented at The American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference in October 2020.
1. The most common complication associated with donating eggs is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS). The good news is that OHSS is largely preventable. The poster below demonstrates how medication protocols and quantity of eggs produced may be associated with OHSS risk.
2. One of the biggest unknowns regarding egg donation is to what degree egg donors experience long term complications and, if so, what, how often, and how severe? In this poster drawn from 243 survey responses, we examine egg donors' self reports of health condition after donation. While we cannot say if egg donation caused long term complications, we can say that some egg donors feel their health was affected by being an egg donor. More prospective, longitudinal research is needed to determine possible connections.
3. What clinical factors influence egg donors' decisions to donate again? In this study, over 80% of egg donors underwent more than one donation cycle. Donors who decided not to donate again after their first cycle were more likely to have experienced immediate adverse effects than those who underwent repeat donations.
4. What psychological factors influence egg donors' decisions to donate again? In this study, over 80% of egg donors underwent more than one donation cycle. Donors who decided to undergo repeat donation reported feeling well-informed about potential short and long-term risks, higher levels of satisfaction with clinical care, and an overall sense that egg donation was a rewarding experience.
5. For egg donation agencies and clinics with egg donor programs there are costs associated with donor recruitment. Many are concerned about retaining donors to undergo repeat cycles. Here we examine how age at time of first donation, education and compensation are associated with decisions to undergo repeat donation.