We Are Egg Donors has been a long-time partner with Dr. Diane Tober, a medical anthropologist at UCSF who is researching egg donation in the United States and Spain. Our co-founder, Raquel Cool, recently sat down with her to interview her about her work.
RAQUEL: What first inspired your research?
DIANE: Well, you were really the one who initially raised my awareness about women’s experiences donating eggs. I had done research on people’s experiences with infertility, sperm donors, and single women and lesbian couples using sperm donors since the 1990s. At first, like many people, I figured egg donation was very similar to sperm donation. It never dawned on me at that time that some women could have adverse reactions or complications from donating eggs.
When we started interviewing the first 30 or so women from the budding We Are Egg Donors group, I was shocked by the range of experiences, and just how many women had experienced pretty serious Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, among other things. I knew then that I’d have to leave non-profit work and return to research...