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(p. 660) Assessment of Egg and Sperm Donors 

(p. 660) Assessment of Egg and Sperm Donors
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(p. 660) Assessment of Egg and Sperm Donors
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Adam J. Rodríguez

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0052
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date: 23 November 2017

The assessment of egg and sperm donors is an important area of niche practice for mental health professionals. With the appropriate training, mental health practitioners can offer these much-needed services to prospective parents who are using assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to deal with infertility. Due to the invasiveness of these procedures, as well as their physical and emotional ramifications, many clinics and hospitals require a psychological evaluation of any individual who provides egg donation or becomes a gestational carrier or surrogate. This chapter describes the details of this niche area of practice and how the author developed an interest in it. The author covers its joys and challenges, the business aspects of this area of practice, guidance on developing this niche area of practice, and resources to assist in this process.

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