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Egg Donation: Issues & Concerns

Black, Jennifer J. MS, RN, WHNP-BC

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May-June 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 132–137
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3181d763b9
Feature Article

There is an increasing trend in the use of donor eggs by women unable to otherwise conceive. Third-party reproduction, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs, has particular ethical issues including possible conflict of interest between provider, donor, and recipient; completeness of informed consent; whether the donor has legal representation; and follow-up support. Nurses working with women who might have IVF are in a position to positively affect the egg donor's experience by making sure that donors understand the risks as well as the benefits of egg donation.

Who is protecting the interests of the egg donor? What are the issues facing the donor? This article describes what nurses need to understand when working with women who have chosen to be egg donors.

Jennifer J. Black is a Clinical Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing, Richmond, VA. She can be reached via e-mail at

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The author has disclosed that there are no financial relationships related to this article.

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