When The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority announced in 2011 that women who donate their eggs to infertile couples, will be rewarded an extra £500 in costs, Sara Stubblefield commented: ” I think this is reasonable. If you have ever been through this process as either a donor or someone going through IVF, you know that it isn’t as simple as going to the doctor on the right day and having them remove the egg with a little syringe. You have to take shots for days in your abdomen, go to the doctor 2-3 times a week for scans and ultrasounds and then have an outpatient procedure that requires anesthesia and a very scary needle. In addition, they give you enough hormones to mature about 20 eggs at once, instead of just one, so you’re exhausted, you’re emotional, your weight goes up and you just feel crappy all around. I think that 750 pounds is a more reasonable compensation amount, considering what you must endure to donate. ”
The new donating system in the UK is now the same as Spain but still a way off from the US, where donors receive up to £3,000 in costs.
What are your thoughts?
- Egg donor compensation is to triple under new HFEA guidelines, BBC News, 19/10/11
- Expenses for egg donors, or profit? Depends on whether you have ovaries, The Guardian, 19/10/11