DESIGN: Researchers compared the personality characteristics of 100randomly selected egg donors and a normative control group of 100 women (non-egg donors) matched for race/ethnicity, education, and age (20-29 years) on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). Major themes from egg donors’ responses to an intake question regarding motivations were also analyzed. 

MATERIALS AND METHODS: De-identified interview transcripts and MMPI-2 data were obtained from an egg donor agency’s archival database. Similar MMPI-2 data on a non-egg donor sample of women were obtained from an independent research facility specializing in personality assessment. Mean scores of the two groups (egg donors versus non-egg donors) were compared on MMPI-2 clinical and nonclinical scales using a series of independent t-tests.

CONCLUSION: Results show that women engaging in egg donation for gestational surrogacy, when screened using standard psychological procedures (interviews/ MMPI-2 testing), exhibit less psychological distress than their normative counterparts. Their enhanced ability to cope readily with challenges, sense of social responsibility, assertiveness, and less neuroticism all suggest that egg donors feel empowered in their role and are psychologically robust individuals.