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The Attitudes of Infertile Male Patients Toward the Use of Artificial Insemination by Donor: A Korean Regional Survey

대한비뇨기과학회지 2014년 55권 2호 p.134 ~ 139
 ( Hwang Dae-Sung ) - Pusan National University School of Medicine Department of Urology

 ( Jeon Tae-Gyeong ) - Pusan National University College of Medicine Department of Urology
 ( Park Nam-Cheol ) - Pusan National University School of Medicine Department of Urology
 ( Park Hyun-Jun ) - Pusan National University School of Medicine Department of Urology

Abstract


Purpose: Infertile couples interested in nonspouse artificial insemination by donor (AID) not only require a thorough understanding of the medical procedure but also must scrutinize the effects it will have on family relationships, including those on the infant to be born. We conducted a series of surveys in couples with male infertility to collect information necessary for AID counseling.

Materials and Methods: A total of 384 cases with noncurable male infertility were enrolled in this inquiry survey. The questionnaire consisted of 18 items that assessed demographic characteristics, background information concerning the choice to use AID, subjective experiences, long-term effects, and an overall evaluation.

Results: A total of 126 surveys were returned (32.8%). AID was first suggested by the husband in about half of the cases. The major reason for considering the procedure was to form a complete family. Two-thirds of the couples were anxious about the procedure, most often about possible congenital or acquired deformities in the infant. After the birth of the child, most couples were positive about their decision to have used AID. About half of the couples felt that the child was their own and expected not to tell the child about AID. Overall, about 50% of the couples were satisfied with the procedure.

Conclusions: Those who underwent AID experienced various psychological effects, including anxiety about the child to be born. To overcome these problems, sufficient medical information and consultation about the process of selecting the donor and about AID procedures should be provided before the procedure is used.

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Artificial insemination; Male infertility; Sperm banks
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