Knowledge and perception about oocyte donation in a semirural region of Turkey
Sarıbaş, Gülistan Sanem
Osalu, Mostafa Ashrafi
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Objective: To evaluate the general knowledge and perception of people living in a semi-rural area of Turkey where oocyte donation is currently illegal and to explore decision-making factors around the adoption of oocyte donation. Methods: This is a descriptive study of 320 participants who were selected using a cluster sampling method from two districts in Antalya, a migrant city heavily populated with Turkish people from other provinces. A standardized survey was administered by post-doctoral degree researchers during face-to-face interviews to capture participants’ responses. Results: The majority of participants reported that they did not know what oocyte donation was and were not able to correctly define it. Among those who reported knowing nothing or not knowing what oocyte donation was, once informed, almost half stated that donation should be legal in the presence of medical problems. The statement “oocyte donation could be performed in the presence of medical problems” was significantly more agreeable to participants under the age of 40 years than to those over the age of 40 years, to those who were single or widowed than to those who were married, to those had moderate income levels than to those who had low income levels, and to those who were more educated than to those who were less educated. Conclusion: In our study, support for the statement “oocyte donation should be legal in cases of medical necessity” was significantly influenced by demographic and descriptive factors such as sex, age, marital status, education, and income level among people living in a semi-rural Turkish region.