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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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MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
lfalardeau, I wish you all the luck in the world with finding an egg donor!
lfalardeau lfalardeau 9 years
Well I am someone who is counting on healthy women to donate. I am 29 and have premature ovarian failure, which means I stopped ovulating (i.e. menopause) 20-30 years before the average woman. The ONLY way I'll be able to experience pregnancy is by a donor egg--we've been to several hospitals & doctors and there is no hope for any form of IVF. Before I was diagnosed I thought egg donation was really weird--but now I am desperately trying to get pregnant, and at least this way I get to experience child birth and our baby will have my husband's genes. It is really heart-breaking to hear you can't have your own kids, so I am glad that some people out there are willing to donate.
imcs imcs 9 years
i thought about doing this a long time ago, but i called the agency and they told me it was very very painful. i'm not one to shy away from pain, but they truly scared me :(
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I couldnt do it, its too personal.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I thought about doing this but i am stuck between the fact that i have a child in the world that I dont know and the fact that you have to stick your self with needles everyday....But for that type of money .....
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
No I wouldn't consider it for the same reason ShePirate mentioned. Aren't we born with a limited number of eggs anyway? What if you decided to wait until your late 30's or early 40's to have kids and found out you had no more eggs left?
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
No egg donation for me......i dont think i could live with knowing a little part of me was away from me, basically being my biological child.....i think it would be almost as hard as putting a kid up for adoption which in a sense is exactly wut this is....
Berlin Berlin 9 years
LOL Kamiko, that's because sperm donation only takes a few minutes:) Whereas egg donations takes months and months, and dedication! You have to take hormonal pills and daily shots, get blood tests and go through a LOT of screenings. It's a very particular selection on part of the parenting couple to choose the female to get the egg donation from. Sperm donation is just done as more of a courtesy, and it can be done any time. Egg donation can only be done if you are chosen by a couple, and it takes a lot to make sure that they get eggs that will be able to reproduce from you! So yes, it pays a lot more but about 4-6 months of your time and energy is basically reserved for the donation (and no sex for you during this time lol).
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
this is the first i have hear of it. it seems to pay a lot more than sperm donation!! ill have to think about it
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 9 years
I thought about, but I probably wouldn't. I'm concerned about the risks (however minor or unlikely they may be), and I don't really like the idea of my DNA belonging to another family.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
DAMN! I tried to do this, not so much to make money but b/c I thought it would be a wonderful thing to do. Within a week of signing up, I had a local family who chose me, and it was a compensation of $10,000. (both doctors:) Well after going through all of the tests and physicals I was cleared. BUT when they did the psych test, the psych. did not approve me b/c she said that since i was so fitness driven and into muscle training that she didn't think that I would handle well the idea of having the shots and hormonal drugs b/c they would affect my body and she thought that I would have a serious problem with that. Plus since I'm such a huge athlete, I have the fitness version of amenorrhea and she just didn't like that at all. The couple was furious with her b/c they themselves are very fit (which was one reason why they chose me!) and as doctors they knew that it wouldn't be a problem since you just pop a pill to bring it back and regulate you. But since she wouldn't give me the clearance, there was nothing we could do. So yeah...i'm a bit bitter about egg donation now lol. I'm never having kids, I am like the healthiest person I know and have a super clean family health line too, and I can't help others out b/c I'm TOO fit and TOO healthy. Go figure:)
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