Myths about egg donation

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There are a lot of women out there who think egg donation is easy money in a recession. While the pool of hopeful donors has increased, the qualified
eggs has not. “While media coverage, and especially about the compensation (averaging $5000 to $7000) has created awareness and a flood of prospects, the vast majority have not qualified as donors for various reasons,” said Mary Ellen McLaughlin, a partner at Chicago-based Alternative Reproductive Resources.

Additionally, “It speaks to the misconceptions the media perpetuates, often inadvertently,like that most donors are poor, young and uneducated, and just want to make a quick buck,” she said.

Here are some other myths:

1. Anyone can do it. Technically maybe, but they don’t qualify. There is an intense screening process for health and psychological history.
2. It’s about money. 70% do it for altruistic reasons.
3. Egg donation can cause medical complications. While long term health effects have never been studied, donors go through the same, safe treatments that IVF patients do and studies for that population deem it safe.
4. You can donate as often as you like. You are restricted to six times.
5. Potential parents only want smart, beautiful eggs. Criteria is different for all parents. Many look for similar ethnicity, hair color, eye color, height, etc. And that varies as much as our general population.

Source: Alternative Reproductive Resources, Medical News Today


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