Iranian Society of Gynecology Oncology


1 Psychosomatic Medicine Research Center. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine. Vali Asr Hospital, Imam Khomeini Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Population Health Research Group, Health Metrics Research Center, Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.


Background & Objective: Oocyte donation is an assisted reproductive technique. The infertile couples' demand for using this technique have increased in recent years. This study aimed to evaluate psychiatric disorders, personality characteristics and intelligence quotient among women who are candidates for oocyte donation.
Material & Methods: This was a cross sectional study. Thirty-nine parous women were entered into the study. A psychiatrist interviewed participants regarding to psychiatric axis I disorders. Also, participants were asked to answer the Millon Clinical Multi axial Inventory (MCMI III) and Raven’s Standard and Progressive Matrices (RSPM).
Results: The mean age of participants was 28.79 (SD = 4.1) years and it was 11.17 years (SD = 2.6) for education. The mean of donation frequency was 1.35 (SD =0.6). Twenty-one donors (53.8%) had only financial motivation and eleven (28.2%) had only altruist object. Twenty-eight (71.8%) women did not have any psychiatric axis I disorders while eight women (20.5%) had at least one disorder. Eleven participants (28.4%) suffered from at least one personality disorder. The mean intelligence quotient was 99.3 (SD =14.2).
Conclusion: The results showed that oocyte donors might suffer from mental disorders and intelligence quotient problems irrespective of age, education, job status and motivation for donation. In conclusion, it seems that psychological assessment and help service is necessary for oocyte donors before any donation procedure.



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