Egg donation

Updated: Nov 28/15

N.B. There can be significant risks to an older mother and her child from gestational diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, thromboembolic conditions and premature labour.

CANADA ($25,000+ per attempt, fertility drugs extra)

The wait for an anonymous donor egg can be long (1–2 years) unless the recipient is able and willing to pay large sums of money and travel to the USA or abroad, where women in financial need are recruited to sell their eggs. Some women ask friends or family to donate. Some clinics have arrangements whereby you can share the eggs of 1 donor with 1 or more other patients, thereby reducing your cost (but also the number of eggs you receive and your chance of conceiving); any children born via 'sharing' are 1/2 siblings of each other, as well as 1/2 siblings of the donor's own children.

In keeping with the prohibitions of the AHR Act which ban payment (beyond reimbursement for genuine expenses resulting from the act of donation) and advertising for human eggs, we do not list agencies, websites or other 'matching services' offering egg donation services. If you do decide to work with one of these businesses, please keep in mind that they are part of a totally unregulated industry (whether in Canada, the USA or elsewhere), so be sure to take every precaution you can to protect your own interests as well as those of any child(ren) who may be born. 


Donors: Risks & Experiences
Egg Donation for IVF and Stem Cell Research: Time to Weigh the Risks to Women’s Health. It’s Time for an Egg donor Registry and Long-term Follow-up. (Testimony by Jennifer Schneider, MD, at the Nov 14/07 USA Congressional “Briefing on Human Egg Trafficking”) 
When a disease is donated. Mom's quest to warn daughter's offspring goes to the heart of a thorny
debate on sperm, egg donors
(By Judith Graham, Chigago Tribune. March 26, 2008)
Ova time: Women line up to donate eggs -- for money (Wall Street Journal. Dec 9/08)
Diary of a Nameless Faceless Egg Donor (Centre for Bioethics & Culture Network. Dec 10/08)
Calla Papademas' Story  (The story of a Stanford grad & survivor of health problems related to egg donation)
A follow-up study of women who donated oocytes to known recipient couples for altruistic reasons (By Yee, Hitkari, Greenblatt. 2007)
Pomp & Circumstance vs. Prey & Coercion (By Jennifer Lahl, May 28/09.
Scrambled Ethics (By Father Thomas Berg. National Review. June 2/09
The  Human Egg Trade (By Alison Motluk. April/10. The Walrus)
Eggsploitation (A documentary about the hidden dangers, health risks, & exploitation of young women in the booming business of human eggs. By the Centre for Bioethics & Culture. August/10)
Selling Eggs: The Untold Risks of Donation & Fertility Treatments, and Need for Tracking (By Tina Stevens & Diane Beeson) (posted Mar/11)
The Ethics of Donating Eggs (Mar 15/11. BioEthics Channel. Podcast with Glenn McGee, PhD, Center for Practical Bioethics)
Where Are My Eggs? (By Ruth Ragan. The New York Times. Jul 22/11)
Wanted: Egg Donor in Good Health, (by Alison Motluk, Feb 19/12, CBC Radio)
Defiant fertility consultant at centre of criminal case plans summer tour to meet surrogate mothers, egg donors
(By Tom Blackwell, National Post. July 13, 2013)
The Truth About Egg Donation (By Jen Dziura. The Gloss. Jan 2/14)
To the Parents Raising My Eggs (By Leah Campbell, Dec 31/14)
Putting a Price on Human Eggs Makes No Sense (by Debora Spar. Nov 21/15. Fortune)

Recipients: Medical & psychological risks
The Shadow Within by Anne Malave, PhD
Clinical & immunologic aspects of egg donation pregnancies: a systematic review (2010. Human Reproduction Update)

Articles re Becoming an Egg Donor
• Becoming An Egg Donor
How egg donors are ending their isolation and finding support (By Alison Motluk. Globe & Mail. Nov. 23/15)

Facebook Stop Running Egg Donation Ads
Hands Off Our Ovaries
Petition Seeking Health Registry for Human Egg Extraction & Warnings on Egg Broker Ads (posted Mar/11)
Project on the Risks of Egg Donation (posted Mar/11)