The Ova Office

The job market may be tough but demand for egg donors and surrogate mothers remains firm, according to the Wall Street Journal (Ova Time: Women Line Up To Donate Eggs — for Money).

Women typically receive $3000 to $8000 for egg donation, occasionally a lot more. There’s also significant screening, physicial discomfort, lifestyle restrictions (e.g.,  no sex) and sometimes emotional pain involved, along with a risk of complications, so it’s not such a great deal. An egg donor agency in Chicago reports,

“We’re even getting men offering up their wives. It’s pretty scary.”

With supplies of egg donors and surrogate moms up, waiting has become a thing of the past for clients, which is a good thing at least.

It’s not exactly surprising that demand is holding up. After all, time is not on the side of infertile couples. A lot of the demand is apparently coming from Europe, where it’s illegal to pay donors.

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) frowns on compensation for egg donors above $10,000, considering it to be coercive. On the other hand, you won’t find a policy statement from ASRM discussing the moral level of compensation for Reproductive Endocrinologists, who can easily earn in the 7 figures annually.

Oh, and sorry fellas. The price for sperm donation is $100 tops.

December 9, 2008

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