Times Are Tough: Would You Donate Your Eggs to Make Money?

recession guide

Sperm? Relatively speaking, not so pricey if you're in the market to buy some to help conceive a baby (and, um, I'm speaking from experience on this one.) Eggs, on the other hand, are worth their weight in gold. And if you're young, fertile, and in good health, you've got 'em.

I came across an interesting post in The Cafe @ CafeMom asking if you'd "leggo your EGGo's" to help your family stay afloat in this dismal economy. Obviously, there are other benefits to donating eggs, too, like the knowledge that you're helping an infertile couple have a child, which is why Sarah (SLGross215), chose to donate her eggs twice.

II spoke to her to find out what the process was like.

donating eggs

Where do you live, and do you have kids?

I live in Minnesota, and we have three kids -- Tajmaah (DD), 11 years old, Janai (DS) 10, and Evyn (DS), 2.

What gave you the idea to donate your eggs?

I wanted other couples to know the joy of having a baby and going through the whole process, from conception to birth.

How did you find the clinic where you donated?

I saw an ad for it in our local paper.

How are moms selected to be able to donate? What's the process like?

They are very, very selective in picking donors. You must have already given birth at least once and you have to be within a certain age range -- for my clinic I believe it was 20 - 31. The process is pretty lengthy the first time you do it because you have to go through a number of tests, including a physical evaluation.

How much money did you receive, and is it taxed?

I was given $3,000.00 both times, and it's not taxed because it's considered reimbursement for time missed at work. You are not selling your eggs, you are donating.

Are you paid the money right away?

No, you have to wait a week for the reimbursement because you have to go back to the clinic for a follow-up visit to make sure there aren't any problems.

What's involved with the egg donation process? How long does it take? Does it hurt?

Well, you go through quite a bit of testing, including blood draws a few times a week once you start the process. They also do an internal ultrasound to check your ovaries. You must be able to give yourself injections a few times a day for 2-3 weeks.

The injections are hormones to keep you from ovulating [until they're ready for you to]. The goal for them is to harvest as many eggs as possible. The first time I did it, they only got seven, but the second time, they got 24. They all go to the same family so that if the couple decides to have future children they will look alike.

Once it's time to harvest the eggs, they put you under and it only takes about 15 minutes for them to retrieve the eggs. When you wake up, the only thing you feel is some slight cramping.

Were you an anonymous donor?

Everything is anonymous between the donor and the families. You're just a number on your file so that when other moms come in for their IVF treatments, they aren't wondering if you're their donor.

Would you do it again?

I would, but now I'm over the age limit for it.

What were the downsides, if any?

There were no downsides to doing this.

Do you think some moms do it mostly for financial reasons, or in your experience is it a mix of altruism and financial gain?

Honestly I think it's a mix of both. At least back when I did it. Now I feel it's more for financial gain given the current state of the economy.


What do you think? Would you consider donating your eggs?

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mommy... mommymeof2

I might actually. I think I have GREAT DNA. And to give a woman the chance to feel a baby in her belly, watch it grow, and love it until the end is fantastic. Sure technically it is my DNA. But every mom knows that DNA isn't what makes a child yours. It's being a mommy. hell ya I would. Undoubtedly. Cash or no cash. It is FAR less personal and worrisome than me carrying my DNA birthing the baby and giving it up for adoption. Very different in my eyes.....

RanaA... RanaAurora

So many people say "It'd be my kid" but honestly, that's why they do COUNSELING before you can donate - to make sure that people who think that DON'T donate.

An egg of mine that was fertilized, placed in another woman, and raised by them is no more my child than any kid of the street.  Half of my DNA does not make it my child.

sapph... sapphiresoda

I've looked into doing it, but all the places I found wouldn't let me simply based on the fact that I receive WIC and foodstamps.  I guess if you need the money you aren't allowed to do it.  Kind of ridiculous.


Its more than foodstamps and wic..I get wic and I make 45,000 a year an go to school and they let me do it twice.


They want to make sure its more than for money which makes total sence..Otherwise these women who are doing it because they are struggling arnt doing it for the right reason and might end up regretting there decision

ryras... ryras_mommy

If you think donating an egg means you'd have a child that's "half you" running around, do you also think that everytime you have a period and lose an egg that you're flushing half of you down the tiolet?  That's absolutely ridiculous!!  There's so much more to being a parent than supplying the egg!!  Think of all the people who use their own DNA and then abuse or neglect the child- are they parents?  Or the people who adopt kids and raise them with love as their own- are they not parents because the kids don't have the same DNA? 

Sign me up!  If someone can experience the joy that having a child can bring, especially after the heartache of infertility,  count me in for donating eggs!

Momma... Momma.Mare

I really want to and have looked into it several times in the past. There just isn't a clinic close enough, and since I haven't felt any guidance from the Lord in this, It probably isn't in His plan for me at this time if at all. I want to do it for more than the money. I want a woman who has never gotten to feel the gentle fluttering, hear that thundering heartbeat on a doppler or run fingers over silky fine hair on thier very own baby's head like I have been so blessed to do 3 times now, & will again a 4th time in August.

momof... momof3inTN

I would love to do this, not for the money but to help a childless couple. But I have looked into it and I am too old for most at 31 years old. Most of the organizations want 30 or younger. So I am out of the running. Though I know my student loan company would have loved getting a lump sum payment from me. LOL

Ms.Avon Ms.Avon

I have mixed feelings about my DNA running around without me. But I would like to help someone have a child as it was the best thing that happened to me.

How can I get more information on this? I have researched it a few years ago and have had no luck. Any info, am afraid I am reaching the cuttoff time

Ellen... Ellen_Ashley

ryras mommy you made me laugh. All jokes aside. I would def. do this. I have a friend who desperately wants a child and cant have one due to problems with tubes. I always joke I'd carry her child for her but I really would. I'm not sure how I wouldnt feel after I did it but I'd love to give the gift of a baby to anyone who deserves it and cant have it. Its so different to adopt a child then to actually carry one and give birth. The whole process is amazing and every women who wants to should experience it. If people didnt do this then all those couples who want a baby would not be able to have one, so this may or may not be for you but I'm glad somebody does it.

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