About me

Yvonne Frankfurth

Yvonne is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology. She conducts her research under the supervision of Prof Sarah Franklin at the University of Cambridge.

Current Research Project

Egg donations remain prohibited according to the German Embryo Protection Act. It is estimated that because of this prohibition about 5000-6000 German women travel abroad for an egg donation every year.

In her PhD research, Yvonne sheds light on the experiences of women and couples during this reproductive journey abroad. She discusses how an understanding of German ideas of transparency and the perceived need to protect the right of the (unborn) child have informed the ways in which German national legislation regulates gamete donation today.

Such a discussion further lends itself to an analysis of a series of questions, such as: What does it mean for the egg donor conceived child, if it does not have the same rights as the sperm donated child, and in turn, what implications does this have with regards to ideas of anonymity, openness and motherhood?

Find out more about her PhD research.


Yvonne received her B.A. Honours in Politics, Psychology and Sociology and her MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge. In her MPhil dissertation, Yvonne examined the legalisation of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in Germany using qualitative interview data.

Yvonne has completed internships and traineeships at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Sociological Institute of the German Armed Forces in Strausberg, the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation in Beijing and BMW Herbert-Quandt Foundation in Berlin. She is interested in disruptive technologies and pursues her interest in digital technologies through the project SympatMe, which she founded in 2014 to help immigrants in Germany deal with bureaucracy.

Key Publications

Mothers, Morality and Abortion: The Politics of Reproduction in the Formation of the German Nation. (2017). Journal of International Women’s Studies, 18(3), 51-65.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol18/iss3/5


ARD Plus-Minus, German Public Broadcasting, Interview, “Research Study on the German Prohibition of egg donations” (Eizellenspende, Beweggründe und Erfahrungen“), August 23, 2017, available online here

Radio 1, Interview, German public broadcasting programme on Germany’s first fertility show, February 21, 2017,  available online here

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Egg Donation Study https://eispende.com/ 

Research website https://es-klappt-nicht.de/