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Ladies: Sell Your Eggs and Earn a Degree


Need cash for college? Female students are increasingly turning to a built-in revenue source: selling their eggs. USA Today reports:

While payment for donated eggs can be high, ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the selected method and clinic, the process is lengthy — sometimes taking up to six months to complete. Donors must submit applications before undergoing physical and psychological screenings and intense hormone therapy, involving self-administered shots.

“I’m doing something for them, and they’re doing something for me,” [Texas State University senior Chelsea] McDonald says. “I have eggs that I’m not using, and if I can get paid for them, why not?”

Flyers and advertisements for interested candidates litter college campuses and newspapers across the country. They often offer the suggestion that women use what they earn to pay for school. That comes as little surprise, as college females—both young (fertile) and educated—are prime candidates for donation. The process may be even more lucrative than this article suggests. “Elite women”—those in Ivy League schools, athletes, high test scorers, and particularly beautiful women—have been known to earn $20K.

No matter how much they get paid, though, it is alarming that more women are considering selling their eggs. Little research is available about the long-term effects of the process, which involves not only surgery but intensive hormone treatments and drugs to make the ovaries release as many as 15 eggs in a single cycle. And a recent study showed that one in five women were unaware of the often serious risks known to be involved, which include infertility.

That women are jumping at a potentially dangerous opportunity to earn some extra cash for college is telling. How daunting must college fees be if women are seriously considering selling a part of themselves—a part used to create children genetically related to them—just to fund their education?

That, of course, is a rhetorical question. If this trend doesn’t serve as a major red flag to policymakers, we’re not quite sure what will.

[Egg carton image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Pete


  • Corlyss

    Is it really any worse than surrogacy? I doubt it.

  • bpuharic

    Isn’t the free market wonderful?

  • Anthony

    Capitalism at it’s best!

  • Dexter Trask

    I wonder if any entrepreneurs have tumbled to the fact that children of U.S.-citizen women (including by donated eggs) are automatically entitled to U.S. citizenship. Always money in the banana stand…

  • Anthony

    Not capitalism at its best as much as commentary on monetary effect (and market exchange) on behavior of some.

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