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Estudos de Psicologia (Campinas)

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MONTAGNINI, Helena Maria Loureiro; MALERBI, Fani  and  CEDENHO, Agnaldo Pereira. Egg donation and the issue of disclosure. Estud. psicol. (Campinas) [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.2, pp. 231-239. ISSN 0103-166X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-166X2012000200009.

The aim of this study was to identify the intention among parents to disclose conception via egg donation to their child, relatives and friends and the underlying reasons. The study considered ten couples to have received oocytes via the Egg Donation Programme at the Federal University of São Paulo. Most couples preferred not to disclose their conception via egg donation to friends or relatives and did not intend to inform their child. Various reasons were reported, as well as fears over the future child's potential reaction. Disclosure regarding gamete donation is a complex issue and approaches should not apply simple and general rules, but rather take into consideration each family's specific circumstances and context.

Keywords : Confidentiality; Family; Egg donation; Psychology; Reproductive technology.

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