Who knew that urine from a pregnant woman was so powerful? First, there's the whole HCG Diet that's taking the world by storm. While the safety of it is questionable at best, it may not be a cause many pregnant women would rush to support ... no matter how often they have to go anyway. But there are other uses for this valuable (and plentiful) resource that are a bit more noble than helping someone fit into her skinny jeans.
In the Netherlands, women donate their pregnant pee to an organization that uses it to help other women get pregnant. Mother for Mothers is an organization there that collects the urine after which the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is extracted and used to make the drug Pregnyl, which is used to up the chances for women who have difficulty getting pregnant on their own. This collection method is said to dramatically reduce the cost of fertility treatments.
As one participant told Radio Netherlands, she's willing to do what she can to help other women:
I donate to Mothers for Mothers because I wish the same happiness as I have for others. I’ve got a little one of my own. I want to share that happiness with other people. If you can help someone by collecting your urine, I’ll do it straight away. It does mean peeing in a pot every morning for three months. But I’m happy to do it.
Plenty of other women agree as more than 36,000 donate urine each year. They're not paid, but rather qualify for gifts, like new books about parenthood, and get the satisfaction of knowing they've helped other families.
While this organization has been around for 80 years, as far as I can tell, there's no similar organization in the United States, and I wonder why. We may just be pissing away something that could likely help couples get the babies of their dreams.
Would you donate your urine while pregnant to help other women get pregnant?
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