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Where Can I Sell My Eggs for Money?

written by: sherisaid•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 11/16/2009

Women consider egg donation for many reasons, some of them financial. Donating eggs is rarely done without compensation, and the financial benefit can be substantial. In addition, many donors feel a warm satisfaction in giving a child to a couple who could not otherwise conceive.

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    Ethical concerns

    Selling your eggs for money may seem questionable from an ethical point of view, but in order to donate, a woman must endure a series of injections to stimulate production, be screened and interviewed, and surrender her test scores and personal information. The pay is for her time, inconvenience and risk of complications, and for infertile couples who could not otherwise have a baby, worth the cost. Many women choose to donate for purely altruistic reasons, the joy that their genetic contribution will bring to childless couples.

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    Egg donor qualifications

    Qualifications for donation may include good health, an age range of 21 – 35, a family medical history free of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, and often a maximum weight limit or BMI (body mass index). More desirable qualities include beauty, blonde hair and blue eyes, specific ethnicity (tall Japanese women are popular, for example), high SAT scores or stellar college grades, and such esoteric concerns as musical or artistic ability, depending on what prospective parents are looking for. Prospective parents often wish for a child that shares certain genetic traits like coloring and artistic nature, along with potential enhanced possibilities they find attractive, like height and intelligence. While paging through a catalogue of potential donors to find "ideal" characteristics to produce a perfect child seems like the plot of a really bad sci-fi movie, in reality, the prospective parents know that even the most perfect donor has a genetic mix that can produce entirely unexpected results.

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    Where can I sell my eggs for money?

    To find comprehensive information on compensated egg donation, visit ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine). You'll find a list of fertility and reproductive clinics that will pay a fee for donor eggs. You will need to find a local organization; there are a number of things you must do to prepare for donation. You'll be asked to fill out an application and, in most cases, submit a picture.

    You may also wish to go the private route and advertise or find a donor-seeker on an online classified ads source like craigslist. People and organizations often place classified ads that specify exactly what they are looking for and what they are willing to pay. Search the community section for "Egg Donor". You'll have more success in densely populated, progressive areas like Los Angeles or New York City.