Social acceptance or rejection of infertility is linked to the cultural and religious tradition of a particular country and determined by its legislative framework.
Even though Egg Donation is accepted by law in Italy since 2014, it is still not accepted in society. This environment is probably not the best for a woman who may be considering donating her eggs –and in Italy economic compensation is not allowed. In France, the law is similar, anonymous and without compensation, and there are barely any donors.
Infertility is considered taboo in some European countries and Italy is on top of the list with 71% of Italian couples experiencing social rejection when it comes to this matter.
This data is based on a study made with patients from 10 European countries –presented by Institut Marquès at the last European Fertility Society Conference– where patients had to answer questions related to the social acceptance of infertility and to whom they have told about their infertility (friends, family, colleagues, etc.)
See their answers:
I would like to share with you the letter I received from a patient who gave birth to her daughter thanks to an egg donor:
Dear donor, thanks to your help, our dream came true and we have been blessed with an adorable girl, her name is Lorena. After many years of grief and suffering, we finally have fulfilled all our wishes and dreams with the most beautiful girl we could have ever imagined. We will never be able to thank you enough for having shared with us the miracle of life. You will always be a treasure to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you are a very special person who has completed our life. Thanks to your effort, I gave birth to our little daughter Lorena.