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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Oocyte (egg) Donation: Thoughts and Attitudes of a Young Female College Attending Population

The presentation will provide a brief overview of oocyte (egg) donation inclusive of criteria for donor eligibility, procedures involved, and rationale for why oocytes (eggs) are needed in today’s fertility practices. Oocyte donation is the process in which the oocytes (eggs) of a young woman are retrieved through aspiration (needle puncture) of follicles (fluid sacs) on the ovaries through the vagina under anesthesia. Results from an anonymous survey (after Institutional Review Board approval) of a sample of female, college-aged students will provide socio-demographic data as well as subjects’ current knowledge and attitudes related to oocyte donation. The survey also investigates what type of information potential donors may want regarding this process (e.g. risks, time commitment, medications, compensation), and lastly what are the primary motivational and deterring factors when considering this process.

Presenter: Cassandra Hayes (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)