Demand for donated eggs by ethnic minority groups exceeds the supply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1145b (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1145
  1. M A Birdsall,
  2. J M Edwards
  1. Honorary senior registrar In vitro fertilisation sister Oxford IVF Unit, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR,—Egg donation is an established fertility treatment for a variety of indications. The main limiting factor is the supply of donors, although the shortage may be confined to southern England.1 In the 1991 census ethnic minority groups comprised 5.5% of the British population, but egg donors who are not white are rare. We determined what in vitro fertilisation clinics in the United Kingdom were offering recipient couples from ethnic minority groups and whether women from these groups were donating their eggs.

    The 46 licensed egg donation clinics in the United Kingdom were …

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