Limitations on the compensation of gamete donors: a public opinion survey

Malinda S. Lee, Leslie V. Farland, Stacey A. Missmer, Elizabeth S. Ginsburg

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Objective To determine public opinion on gamete donor compensation. Design Cross-sectional web-based survey. Setting Not applicable. Patient(s) A nationally representative sample of 1,427 people in the United States. Interventions Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures Support for the compensation of gamete donors. Results Of 1,427 respondents, 51 (4%) disagreed with use of IVF for any indication, and 232 (16%) believed that oocyte and/or sperm donation to be always unacceptable. Of the remaining 1,185 respondents, 953 (80%) supported and 41 (4%) opposed paying sperm donors; 1,063 (90%) supported and 24 (2%) opposed paying oocyte donors. Of respondents, 90% believed that appropriate compensation for one cycle of oocyte donation should be less than $10,000. A total of 559 (47%) supported a limit on sperm donor compensation and 544 (46%) supported a limit on oocyte donor compensation. Individuals who had personal knowledge of someone with infertility or who used assisted reproductive technology (ART), and Republicans compared with Democrats, were more likely to support limits on both oocyte and sperm donor compensation. Divorced compared with married respondents were less likely to support limits on gamete donor compensation. Men were less likely to support limits on sperm donor compensation. Conclusions Most respondents in a nationally representative cohort support compensating gamete donors. Although most do not support limits on gamete donor compensation, most agree the appropriate payment for one cycle of oocyte donation is in line with former American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1355-1363.e4
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • Gamete donation
  • attitudes
  • financial compensation
  • general public
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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