Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction
Attitude and willingness on gamete donation among medical students: An experience from a state university in Sri Lanka

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    Objective: To assess the attitude and willingness of medical students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, regarding gamete donation. Methods: An institutional-based descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, from September 2022 to May 2023 among undergraduate medical students who gave their voluntary participation. A self-administered questionnaire was used as a study instrument to collect data regarding their attitude and willingness toward gamete donation. Results: A total of 345 participants were recruited and their socio- demographic data revealed that 56.8% of the participants were female, 62.3% aged between 26 and 30 years, and 92.2% were unmarried. Many of them received information regarding gamete donations during their clinical appointments. Over half (67.8%) of them showed a negative attitude towards gamete donation. Regarding willingness, only 39.7% of participants had a positive approach for being a gamete donor; among them, 84.7% preferred anonymous donations. Religion and ethnicity had a significant influence on their attitudes and willingness. In addition, male was also found to be more willing to donate gametes. Conclusions: Most medical students have negative views about gamete donation. Imparting awareness and knowledge of assisted reproductive technology and gamete donation within medical students' sociocultural and ethical backgrounds might facilitate a change in attitude towards gamete donation amongst future medical practitioners.

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Raguraman S, Muhunthan K, Niroje R. Attitude andwillingness on gamete donation among medical students: An experience from a stateuniversity in Sri Lanka. Asian Pac J Reprod 2024; 13(3): 120-125.

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  • Received:December 11,2023
  • Revised:February 25,2024
  • Adopted:March 29,2024
  • Online: May 31,2024
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