Egg Donation: You're Probably Better Off Stripping

Forget pole-dancing, right? Nowadays, young women with money problems and dreams of advanced degrees are being paid thousands of dollars to donate their eggs to infertile couples and the demand for their DNA is only increasing, says the NY Times. Reports the paper: "Ethicists and some women's health advocates worry that lucrative payments are enticing young women with credit-card debt and steep tuition bills to sell eggs without seriously evaluating the risks."

Worrisome! But luckily, despite our unremitting student-loan statements, our eggs are loooong past their sell-by date. (A fact not helped any with all the booze, nicotine and nose-candy we've consumed over the past decade or two. And speaking of nicotine and blow, doesn't that above illustration of a lab vial totally look like a cigarette or a bloody, coke-filled plastic straw? Just saying! ). Luckily, we say, because just reading about the procedure made our uterus cramp up.

The process of egg extraction is time consuming, and it is not comfortable. For some women, it can be painful. A woman first has to take medications to stop her menstrual cycle and then daily hormone injections for several weeks to stimulate her ovaries to produce a crop of mature eggs at once.

The drugs may cause bloating, weight gain, moodiness and irritability, and there is a risk of a rare condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome that can cause life-threatening complications, blood clots and kidney failure.

The egg extraction itself is a surgical procedure in which a thin needle is inserted through the vagina into the ovary to retrieve the eggs and liquid from the follicles. Risks include adverse responses to anesthesia, infection, bleeding or the inadvertent puncture of an organ.

So basically, rich couples are paying young, cash-poor women a measly $4,000+ to endure what essentially sounds like a drawn-out fusion of PMS, progesterone overdose and 1st-trimester abortion. Hey mom! Look how far we've come!

As Demand For Donor Eggs Soars, HIgh Prices Stir Ethical Concerns [NYTimes]