Donating your "genetic material" for money.

piggy bank - piggy bank
United States
December 15, 2006 5:06pm CST
My sister and I were recently discussing our cousin, who was talking about selling her eggs for extra money. This is something I had thought about in the past, but not seriously enough to do anything about. There's too much I'm "iffy" about. Men do it all the time it seems like, and don't give it much thought. I don't know how much money they get for their donation, but women can get several thousands of dollars per donation. For somebody who needs money, perhaps doesn't intend on having their own kids anyway, and has no problem thinking of situations that may arise in the future (as far as a child coming to find them), then perhaps why not? I looked up some information about it the other day, but now that I'm 32, I'm "too old" to donate. So what do you think about this? Would you do this if you needed some cash?
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@angeliamj (632)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Several years ago after I had my last child I had considered doing this because we were so broke and I knew that I was fertile as could be. I liked the idea of being able to help an unfortunate couple out. My husband and I read up on it and then we decided that we couldn't do it. It would being more or lesa selling a part of me. Selling a part of what could become another child with my husband. I don't see anything wrong with it, but I just think everyone who considers it needs to weigh everything out.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
That's how I feel. It would be weird to think that somebody with half my genetic makeup.. my offspring.. was running around. Even if I basically gave somebody the right to have my egg, this person would still be from my body.
• United States
16 Dec 06
I have been considering this idea but have you read about allthe hormone shots you have to take for weeks up to the point where they harvest your eggs. It is a really insane thing to do for someone you don't even know. If it was a sister or something that needed it I would do it no problem .
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Yes, if it was family, that would be ok. I would help my sister out.
@ThulsZ (784)
• India
16 Dec 06
no chance of doing so this ugly thing...
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@Victoria7 (1241)
• Spain
16 Dec 06
Why is it "ugly" when you´re giving a chance to a couple who could otherwise not have a child?
@savarina (744)
• Romania
16 Dec 06
I would never do that ... I am a boy ... so I don't even think about donating sperm ... I wanna know who my children are. If I was a woman I would become the presidents wife and tell him to make it illegal :-)
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• United States
12 Jan 07
LOL! Thanks for your male perspective.
@luzamper (1358)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
It seems that there's nothing more impossible nowadays to the extent of donating including the woman's egg. Personally I am not in favor of this and there should be laws enacted to this effect. God commands us to honor the marriage and by doing this, I believe that God's command is violated. This will soon become rampant primarily for money especially in the poorer countries in the world. This is my first time to hear this and I am somewhat shocked.
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@vinod4net (628)
• India
16 Dec 06
no i would never donate ny genetic material just for getting some extra bucks, instead i will try to work extra so that i can earn that extra that i require, i can donate blood but not genetic material for sure
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• Nigeria
16 Dec 06
well as for me i cannot donate my genetic information those who do it do it because they are solely in need of money
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• United States
16 Dec 06
I thought about this before. Once I read up. I decide I just couldn't.It's way to many meds and have to inject myself its just too much. It's nothing wrong with helping a couple who wants a child and nothing wrong with doing it if you need the extra money.
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@Yabba79 (48)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I understand there are people desperate to have children. I am sure that is a heartwrenching situation, however, I am not donating my eggs to anyone for any reason. My eggs are unique. A child born from one of my eggs is my child. I could not imagine handing my child to someone else for any amount of money. I feel for those who can not have children, but I have to believe nature and evolution play a part in reproduction. If someone is unable to conceive for reasons that do not stem from injury or disease, maybe nature is safeguarding the gene pool. Remember the term "survival of the fittest"? Also, "donating" for money is more commonly known as selling. It doesn't matter how one refers to the act, it is selling body parts. It should not be sugar coated.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Long ago i was interested in it. To old now im 34. My husband had huge protests though. If i had the chance to do it again this time i would take it. I do have 3 beautiful children now. Though there was several years where i was infertile and was told i probably not have any. (doctors are not always right). As you can see..lol I think its a gift and if i was allowed to do it now i would.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I would be a little iffy about it also, because I heard there is some pain envoled and I do not feel like dealing with thats. But it is a good thing to do and if I really needed the money I would because your helping yourself and your also attempting to help others!
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@icequeen (2841)
• Canada
16 Dec 06
Yeah....I have thought about it and the money is tempting..but I can't see myself actually doing it...I would always wonder about my child...and it would eat at me. I would want to see him or her..and that would just lead to problems...so I would rather not have a child out there that I could not be a mother too...
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• Spain
16 Dec 06
there is too many children needing love and care in the world, how about these being taken care of first
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• India
16 Dec 06
i dont think so. its about your identity. but if it is for a really genuine cause i do not mind people donating. but if the motive is money then i am not for it.
@Kaorin (757)
• Australia
16 Dec 06
Not at the moment. I'm not really intending on having any children, so it really wouldn't bother me if there were complications or I were unable to have kids after it. If a good friend needed a donation I'd be willing to donate for free. If I was really in a tight spot then yes, I probably would consider donating eggs. I don't see the point in keeping something you don't need, you know? Not if someone else could benefit greatly from it. Perhaps in a few years time, I'll seriously consider this notion. This was an interesting question, thankyou for sharing it.
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@valmiki9 (1171)
• India
16 Dec 06
Iam of the view when Blood can be donated why not the egg? iam also of the opinion that no birth takes place without god's will. Men are just instruments. Giod is the creator and so shall it remain for ever. If it is not so you cannot account for the failures in artificial incubation.
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@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
16 Dec 06
I would do it in a heart beat. I have had 7 kids of my own and have always been extremely fertile. I wish all those ladies who want to experience the joy and heart break a chance. I would not even think twice
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@drumm1n (499)
• India
16 Dec 06
i dont think its a good idea! i think if women donate their eggs i think it messes with their system. i guess if your really desperate in making the money, then i suppose its fine! but still id say go for an alternative!
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@sassyces (1604)
• Philippines
16 Dec 06
bby - bby
Donating but with a tag price? I don't think that should be called "DONATION", it should be straightforwardly called "Selling". Anyway, If I'm really really in dire need of money, then I might consider it. But the problem comes when the woman whom I have donated my eggs will give birth to my/her ok, uor child. Even if she's the one that carried the infnt in her womb, still the egg is from me so I am still the biological mother of that child. I don't think I can handle that situation when I wanted to be with the kid but I can't for legal reasons that the couple might pose. It's realy hard to decide whether to go for it or not.
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@Marie2473 (8517)
• Sweden
16 Dec 06
I would not like to donate egge sfor money, I don´t think i would ever. I do know that there are som people put there who needs our eggs to be able to have children but i do not think that it is for me. I would always wonder if my egg helped producing a child or not and so on!
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