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Would You Sell Your Sperm or Eggs?

Times are tough, and people are having to pinch pennies because of our shattering economy; some are even choosing to sell their personal possessions to help pay the bills. In extreme situations, though, people are resorting to selling products from their bodies, including blood plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm — apparently it's a way to make quick cash. A shot of sperm can earn a guy $60 to $100, and for fertile eggs, a woman can make up to $7,000 per egg! I guess this idea is sounding pretty good to some, because sperm banks have reported that donations have tripled from 50 to 150 a month, and egg donations have increased by 30 percent.

Of course you have to meet strict criteria and pass rigorous testing in order to sell your precious goods, but if you could, would you give up your sperm or eggs to make some dough?


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ronnierayjenkins ronnierayjenkins 8 years
ronnierayjenkins ronnierayjenkins 8 years
I don't see what the big deal is, I mean we've been doing that for years here:
Katydid620 Katydid620 8 years
I could never do this for a stranger but I would absolutely do it for a family member. If my sister ever asked me I would do it for her in a heartbeat. You could still see the baby and know it was safe and well cared for. But unfortunatly I could never donate an egg. I take alot of medication for rheumatoid arthritis and honestly...noone would want my egg for their could be a chance the baby may someday get RA as well....
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I would do it for sure. I've actually been thinking about it more and more lately. I sure don't need them, so why not?
Kat-E Kat-E 8 years
My boyfriend and his brother are both test tube babies hehe, so while I think adoption is better, I sure am thankful for sperm banks :) And HELL YES I would sell my eggs if I could. Too bad my family has a hereditary health issue that eliminates me from the pool :(
kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I wouldn't be an ideal candidate since i have a fairly serious visual disability but even so, I'm not into have metal tools shoved up in my private space and going through the pain that donating eggs involves.
karlotta karlotta 8 years
First, I may be too old for anyone to want my eggs (31?) even though I'd make some darn good-looking babies ;) But especially, I want my kids to be mine! It's true that the 7 grand makes you pause, but HELLO, IT'S YOUR CHILD OUT THERE. So weird.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
Hell no... my genetic material is staying with me. I don't care what they say about it. Nature is Nature and Science is not Nature.
kred kred 8 years
I wouldnt be opposed to contact after the age of 18, but I suppose that is why I am one of the few that dont think that egg donation is weird. I live by a "sh!$ happens" belief. If they were meant to find me so be, if not... still not a problem. I jut dont want to rasie a child, or deal with a teenager with "I cant belive my parents grounded me" issues.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
never its against my morals.
wambalus wambalus 8 years
I would do it, but alas have a genetic disorder that would count me out.
GScott86 GScott86 8 years
That's silly that you have to score high on your SATs to be a donor...what if you're bad at SATs but still want to do something good for someone :( kinda not fair. Also a bit confused on the height factor. But with the SAT scores...I'm curious as to how that affects eggs. LoL? If you do bad on your SATs that means you have bad eggs? (I wonder what that means for sperms...guess I'd have bad spermies then).
fancifulfabi fancifulfabi 8 years
No way on earth. It would be so sad knowing I had a child somewhere that I could never watch grow up, and I'd always be wondering about him/her. And I agree with Muirnea, people are willing to spend sooo much and go through so many complicated proceedures to have their own kids when there are millions out there who will grow up motherless/fatherless.
Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
I don't think I would do it...the money sounds nice, and I also don't ever want children, so it's not like I will be using my eggs...buuut, like someone else said, it would be to weird to have kids with my genes running around somewhere that I didn't know about. And also, like someone else said, there are plenty of kids in the world waiting to be adopted. I think some people are selfish just by wanting to be parents. That does nothing for the world or the child. All is does is let the mother go through pregnancy. There are better ways to get kids and to make money, so no, I wouldn't do it.
apothecary06 apothecary06 8 years
At least with that agency you do. Pretty much every egg donation ad I've seen has a height requirement, usually around 5'6" (basically above average). Usually there's some specific quality they're looking for, if not several. Height, SAT scores, and family history are usually the big ones.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
You have to be 5'6"? Haha that takes me out of the running - I'm only 5' lol
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I could never do this.
apothecary06 apothecary06 8 years
The idea of helping someone conceive who otherwise couldn't is very appealing to me - however, realistically, a large percentage of women wouldn't qualify, myself included most likely. When I was in college, there were ads looking for egg donors in the student newspaper nearly every week - not only do they have an audience there who could use the money, but at a top-tier college it's an audience largely composed of young women with high SAT scores. I've just about memorized how each of these ads go - and how I know that nobody wants my eggs. Ever. Be an egg donor! You qualify to make up to $5,000 if you meet the following requirements: - You are a woman (check) - You are between the ages of 18-29 (check) - You scored 1400 or higher on the SAT (check) - You are in good health and a normal weight (for now) - You are 5'6" or taller (not even close) - You do not have a family history of any hereditary diseases (well, I guess they don't want a baby with my dad's diabetes, my sister's bipolar disorder . . . I could go on for a while on this one) Maybe other agencies are less specific, and it was just this one that always advertised there, but it does seem to me that realistically, this isn't something that many people can just up and do. And it opens up the "designer baby" ethical can of worms - when or if I conceive my own child, is that child any less because my genes aren't "ideal"?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Myst that story is crazy! Very scary!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
kred just being curious here would you have contact with that child 18 years later? none of my biz I know...just curious!
kred kred 8 years
I have done it multiple times. It involoved lots of pre-tests ran to check my overall health, hereditary diseases, and family medical history just to get approved. After that each cycle is about 3 weeks of hormone shots, followed buy a procedure which involves being put to sleep for 20 minutes. It is not an easy process, but I have found it to be very rewarding. Yes, I was able to pay off my car, and pay my bills with the money, but I have recived a few letters from very thankful new parents. I have ton of eggs I will never use, and if I cn help someone out then why not? I was also able to stipulate in my contracts that I can only be contacted in the future through a seperate agency after the child is over 18 and ecie if I would like to repond of not. It is not a process that anyone can do or feel compfortable doing, but I am very glad I have done it and I am lucky enough to have a very supporitve boyfriend about it as well.
Myst Myst 8 years
How about hell no? I'm still traumatized by story I read about two couples who actually married only to find out they were half brothers and sisters who's parents had both used same sperm bank. I wouldn't want that to happen to any biological children I had running around. I don't understand why people just can't adopt if they want a child so badly. There are millions of children out there who want to be adopted.
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