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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-51
Attitudes of Iranian infertile couples toward surrogacy


1 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Health, Faculty of Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Ensiyeh Mohebbi Kian
Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, South Shariati Street, Tabriz
Iran
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Source of Support: This study has been done by the scientific and financial support of ethics and medical history research center of Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-1208.130847

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Background: Surrogacy arrangements are multifaceted in nature, involving multiple controversial aspects and engaging ethical, moral, psychological and social issues. Successful treatment in reproductive medicine is strongly based on the mutual agreement of both partners, especially in Iran where men often make the final decision for health-related problems of this nature. AIM: The aim of the following study is to assess the attitudes of Iranian infertile couples toward surrogacy. Setting and Design: This descriptive study was conducted at the infertility clinic of Hamadan university of medical sciences, Iran. Materials and Methods: The study sample consisted of 150 infertile couples selected using a systematic randomized method. Data collection was based on responses to a questionnaire consisting of 22 questions. Statistical Analysis: P <0.05 were considered to be statistically significant. Results: While 33.3% of men and 43.3% of women surveyed insisted on not using surrogacy, the overall attitudes toward surrogacy were positive (53.3% of women and 54.6% of men surveyed). Conclusion: Although, there was not a significant difference between the overall positive attitudes of infertile women and men toward surrogacy, the general attitude toward using this method is not strongly positive. Therefore, further efforts are required to increase the acceptability of surrogacy among infertile couples.


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