Egg Donation & Surrogacy

Facts, insights and opinions about egg donors, surrogates, and intended parents.

Archives 2012

I Donated My Eggs: Jezebel []

by Katherine Benardo

A mixed reaction to this overall positive piece on egg donation.

People object to the word "donor," because there is compensation involved.

However, an egg donor is being paid for her time and effort, not her eggs. The donor would have been paid the same no matter how many eggs were retrieved (compensation is not ...

Many egg-donor recruiters ignore ethical standards

by Katherine Benardo

According to a survey published in Fertility and Sterility, about a third of about 100 donor recruitment organizations studied do not adhere to the ASRM's ethical guidelines. These guidelines include the minimum age of 21 for egg donors, the cap on donor compensation of 10K, and a compensation rate not based on donor characteristics ...

So Eager for Grandchildren, They're Paying the Egg-Freezing Clinic

by Katherine Benardo

Some observations on The New York Times article today: Firstly, IVF is so expensive that even mature adults with established careers need their parents to pay for it. Secondly, most eggs retrieved and frozen are not viable, that is, they will not become healthy embryos that result in live births. A typical result of a ...