Good SAT Scores and Eggs Don’t Correlate

Posted On March 26th, 2010

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Yes, top students reap rich rewards, even as egg donors

Here is one response to the Hastings Center Report that studied advertisements for egg donors.

People with access to expensive IVF treatments tend to be more educated, and are typically looking for donors similar to them. The SAT is the handiest objective barometer of intellectual abilities, so scores can be an important search criterion for some prospective parents.

However,  there is no concrete evidence that egg donors with high SAT scores produce smarter children. Furthermore, there is no evidence that egg donors with high SAT scores have better cycles (resulting in live births) than women with average scores.

Offering more than the ASRM-established limit of $10,000 is not only unethical but a waste of money. As IVF patients come to realize the hard way, paying more does not always mean getting more. These outrageous offers can only provoke unwanted government regulation. They are bad for individual patients as well as for the industry as a whole, and should be discouraged by all ASRM members (doctors, lawyers, agencies).


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Fertility Laws in the US vs Canada

Posted On March 25th, 2010

The following is a response to “The Human Egg Trade (How Canada’s Fertility Laws are failing donors, doctors, and parents)”.

The situation in Canada demonstrates how a lack of clear regulations for egg donation has a ripple effect of deviance from standard protocols in other parts of the process. The egg donation arrangement where a young woman was coerced to donate for an unofficial compensation even after having a failed cycle which produced no viable embryos and caused her painful hyperstimulation, was handled badly at every step, starting with egg donor/recipient relations to the medical procedure. What doctor would agree to cycle an egg donor after her last retrieval was so poor?

Doctors in the US scrupulously pore over egg donors’ records, and if there are any concerns she would not be allowed to donate again. Perhaps it is the ready availability of so many good candidates in the US that allows American doctors to be so picky. Doctors also have their own success rates at stake, which they need to maintain to attract patients.

The egg donation business in the US shows how a sensibly regulated free market works to the advantage of all, especially compared with Canada’s grey market or the UK, where they are so skittish that compensated donation is completely banned.


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