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Donating Eggs to Make Ends Meet?

If you were in tough financial straits, would you consider donating your future children? A recent CNN article reported that in a time of recession, more women explore the option of selling their eggs. One woman explained her reason for doing so. She said:

"The cost of living is crazy right now, with two kids, gas prices, and rent . . . I'm living paycheck to paycheck," said the 24-year-old, who did not give her last name to protect her identity. "I just really need the money to finish school."

Egg donation can prove lucrative, paying from $5,000 to $10,000. While some clinics have reported a surge in inquiries, skeptics wonder if it is due to the economy or heightened awareness of the option. And the process is intense, involving physical and psychological tests, hormone injections, blood work, ultrasounds, and possible side effects. It's by no means a quick way to score cash. For one 28-year-old mother, the compensation she got from four previous donations may prove useful in the near future. She said:

"I have two children of my own, and I definitely wanted other families to be able to have that opportunity," she told the Sun Times. "For my family, [the money] wasn't a necessity, but it was a nice nest egg if things should get worse. My husband is in construction and . . . that's not doing so well right now."

Would you consider egg donation?


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