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'Nothing will stop me from giving the gift of life': a qualitative analysis of egg donor forum posts.

Authors
  • De Proost, Michiel1, 2
  • Hudson, Nicky3
  • Provoost, Veerle2
  • 1 Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality Research Centre (RHEA), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 2 Bioethics Institute Ghent, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 3 Centre for Reproduction Research, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
May 01, 2021
Volume
23
Issue
5
Pages
690–704
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2020.1722242
PMID: 32212987
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Online spaces are increasingly important for our collective consciousness and provide an opportunity to document changing ideas, subjectivities and experiences surrounding new reproductive technologies. This paper reports on the first study of egg donation and online discussion boards in UK-based forums. Using thematic analysis, we investigated how donors use online forums and explored how they present themselves as possible donors in online spaces. Three major themes were identified: 'using online forums to exchange knowledge and experiences', 'egg donation as a gift' and 'having a drive to donate'. Findings from the study reveal how donors enter online spaces looking for advice, presenting themselves as available and weaving themselves into an online community. There exist multiple ways in which donors construct and narrate their own participation in the process of egg donation. Presenting a donor identity in these online forums is not a straightforward matter of helping by giving but also involves a specific drive. While more research is needed on the range of possible motivations, this study gives a better understanding of the available online information and the co-construction of donor identities on discussions boards.

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