Psychosocial aspects of oocyte- and sperm donation

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Overall aim

The project investigates psychosocial aspects of infertility treatment with oocyte/sperm from identifiable donors for involved groups, i.e. donors, recipient couples and offspring. 

Project description

The project is based on the ’Swedish Study on Gamete Donation’, a prospective longitudinal multicenter study that includes all university hospitals that provide infertility treatment with donor oocytes and sperm. During 2005-2008 we included consecutive groups of oocyte and sperm donors (n=299), persons starting treatment with donor oocytes (n=307) or sperm (n=857), and a comparison group that started IVF-treatment with own gametes (n=302). All participants are followed over several years with questionnaires that include study-specific questions (e.g. concerning disclosure of using donor conception) and validated instruments to assess e.g. personality (TBQ), couple relationship (ENRICH) and child development (SDQ).

In another part of the project we study how families that were created with the heIp of donor treatment are perceived in society. Furthermore, we investigate psychosocial consequences of young adult donor offspring (≥18 years) getting access to identifying information about their donor.

Principal Investigators

Claudia Lampic

Agneta Skoog Svanberg 

Gunilla Sydsjö 


Catrin Borneskog

Anja Gebhardt 

Astrid Indekeu 

Stina Isaksson 



Regionala forskningsrådet i Uppsala-Örebroregionen

Swedish Research Council

Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Selected publications

Parenting stress and its association with perceived agreement about the disclosure decision in parents following donor conception. Gebhardt A, Sydsjö G, Skoog Svanberg A, Indekeu A, Lampic C. Acta Obstrica et Gynecologica Scandinavica. Epub 22 April 2017.

Attitudes about donor information differ greatly between IVF couples using their own gametes and those receiving or donating oocytes or sperm. Svanberg AS, Sydsjö G, Bladh M, Lampic C. J Assist Reprod Genet. 2016 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]

It takes two to tango: information-sharing with offspring among heterosexual parents following identity-release sperm donation.
Isaksson S, Skoog-Svanberg A, Sydsjö G, Linell L, Lampic C
Hum. Reprod. 2016 Jan;31(1):125-32

Relationship satisfaction in lesbian and heterosexual couples before and after assisted reproduction: a longitudinal follow-up study.
Borneskog C, Lampic C, Sydsjö G, Bladh M, Svanberg A
BMC Womens Health 2014 Dec;14():154

Preferences and needs regarding future contact with donation offspring among identity-release gamete donors: results from the Swedish Study on Gamete Donation.
Isaksson S, Sydsjö G, Skoog Svanberg A, Lampic C
Fertil. Steril. 2014 Oct;102(4):1160-6

Attitudes towards disclosure and relationship to donor offspring among a national cohort of identity-release oocyte and sperm donors.
Lampic C, Skoog Svanberg A, Sydsjö G
Hum. Reprod. 2014 Sep;29(9):1978-86

Relationships in couples treated with sperm donation - a national prospective follow-up study.
Sydsjö G, Svanberg A, Bladh M, Lampic C
Reprod Health 2014 Aug;11():62

Oocyte and sperm donors' opinions on the acceptable number of offspring.
Sydsjö G, Lampic C, Bladh M, Svanberg A
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2014 Jul;93(7):634-9

How do lesbian couples compare with heterosexual in vitro fertilization and spontaneously pregnant couples when it comes to parenting stress?
Borneskog C, Lampic C, Sydsjö G, Bladh M, Skoog Svanberg A
Acta Paediatr. 2014 May;103(5):537-45

Disclosure behaviour and intentions among 111 couples following treatment with oocytes or sperm from identity-release donors: follow-up at offspring age 1-4 years.
Isaksson S, Sydsjö G, Skoog Svanberg A, Lampic C
Hum. Reprod. 2012 Oct;27(10):2998-3007

Who becomes a sperm donor: personality characteristics in a national sample of identifiable donors.
Sydsjö G, Lampic C, Brändström S, Gudmundsson J, Karlström P, Solensten N, et al
BJOG 2012 Jan;119(1):33-9

Two decades after legislation on identifiable donors in Sweden: are recipient couples ready to be open about using gamete donation?
Isaksson S, Skoog Svanberg A, Sydsjö G, Thurin-Kjellberg A, Karlström P, Solensten N, et al
Hum. Reprod. 2011 Apr;26(4):853-60