Third-party reproduction in the Internet Age: the new, patient-centered landscape.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The rise of the Internet Age has brought a host of sweeping changes to the landscape of third-party reproduction. What began as a dyadic relationship between doctor and patient has evolved into a more complex system in which patients are able to access information online from a variety of external sources. Patients often seek to play a more active role in their third-party reproductive care, and the Internet allows them to do so. Further, demand for both medical and psychosocial information about donors and donor-conceived siblings, available online through patient forums and genetic registries, has altered the perception of gamete donation from a one-time event to an ongoing relationship. The advantages and disadvantages for patients and providers of this freer flow of information between third-party participants are examined. Search motivations of recipients and offspring, as well as types of information sought, are detailed. Recommendations are made regarding strategies fertility programs can use to optimally support their patients and navigate this new landscape.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Woodward, JT

Published Date

  • September 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 104 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 525 - 530

PubMed ID

  • 26070518

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-5653

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.05.030


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States