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High Payments For Egg Donors Receive Criticism

How Much Would It Take For You to Donate?

From the standpoint of a young woman — one still paying off college debt, especially — selling eggs to an infertile couple for $5,000 to $10,000 sounds like a win-win situation. But recent controversy around the business of buying and selling eggs might make you think twice.

Besides the ethical issues of "desirable donors," with ads targeting women with high SAT scores and who attend prestigious universities, a new study questions whether all those zeros are blinding women to the mental and physical risks of egg donation. The American Society For Reproductive Medicine recommends compensation not exceed $5,000, except in special cases, but some ads promise $35,000, even as much as $50,000 to "extraordinary" donors.

While the money is tempting, the time-consuming process and unpleasantries, such as hormone injections, surgery, local anesthesia, and life-threatening side effects, leaves me wondering if it's worth it. How much would it take for you to donate your eggs?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
GlowingMoon hit the nail on the head, I couldn't do it for those reasons. I also HATE needles.
Rwandawithlove Rwandawithlove 7 years
I'd do it definitely. Men think nothing of it to donate their sperm. Granted they do not need any injections but they view it as helping somebody out and move on in life. Anyone who has viewed the joy adoptive parents receive when they do have a child would understand why they should help out.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
Michelle Obama asked me to donate an egg - but I just couldn't part with an egg. No way!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
As usual, there's no option for me! I'd do it for less than $5,000. It's actually something I've pretty seriously considered and am still pretty seriously considering.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I honestly considered this for a long time, and when I turned 21 I did some research on Egg Donation and still thought I would go for it. But the more I read the more I just figured out I could not do it. I would love to help someone fulfill their dream of having a child but i'm not emotionally and mentally prepared for that. I wouldn't be the parent but that would be my DNA, half of my chromosomes in that child. I can't deal with that.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I would do it at no cost but as running stated above, I can't do needles and then surgery - it's too much for me to take.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I wouldn't do it, but that's mainly because I hate hate hate needles and I know there are a lot of injections.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i would.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I was to be paid $6000 total when I went through the donation process (I was disqualified because of a health condition) and that was plenty for me. I would have done it for as little as $4000 though. I don't need or want my eggs and have no ideas as to a child running around with some of my genes. It just doesn't bother me, as I wouldn't in any way consider it my child.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I can't do it for the same reason as kimmieb124 but for more than $10k I would absolutely consider it (if I could). I do wonder what kind of long term affects pumping yourself full of hormones would have though? I guess I'd have to see some research.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I don't think I can do it. I got a blood clot after I had my first child, and I don't put anything hormone-related in my body. I also don't think I would not be comfortable undergoing any non-essential surgery that could also put me at risk for another clot.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I can't sell my eggs in Canada. I entertained the thought, but also think it would be strange knowing I have a biological child out there somewhere. What I hadn't considered was the surgery and possible complications. It's a little more complex than giving blood.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 7 years
Actually I have considered it. I can't really do it at this point in my life because they would want proof of fertility by either testing of babies and I have neither. But I would be willing to donate if I could. As long as I either know the person and could see at least pictures, OR do it COMPLETELY anonymously. I would do it. It's giving life. just like donating blood. Then again I would also be a surrogate.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
no, for the reasons stated by glowing, why I haven't been asked, I do have relatives with infertility problems and why I would love to help them out, donating my eggs is definitely to personal, it would be like having one of my kids walk around without my guidance, too weird.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I've actually been asked. While it was very, very difficult (as it was a close family friend), I said no. For me it was not a matter of money, as financially, I am content. It was a personal issue, and I considered my eggs to be too personal to donate. Also, the notion of knowing (and observing on some level, as this was a close family friend) someone raising MY biological offspring was too much for me for to handle. Psychologically, I thought it would have damaged me. I am not cut out to be a egg donor.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
If I still lived in the US, I'd totally do it. I need money. You can't 'sell' your eggs in the UK.....damn hippies.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
No way. No amount of money would persuade me to willingly undergo surgery unless that surgery was for my own health (and even then, I might not do it).
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