Oct 1, 2012 10:40 AM

Ads promise thousands of dollars to egg donors

Ads promise thousands of dollars for women to donate their eggs, and these ads are popping up more and more on college campuses across the country.
But is it worth the money?
Students can make money from their ailments- $150 to join a study on athlete's foot, $600 for research on indigestion, and now up to $10,000 for young women who sell their eggs to a couple that can't have their own children.
"It's kind of a win-win situation. I'm not using them, so maybe someone else would benefit from it," says college student Alexandria Tibbitts.
Women who volunteer could end up in a binder, with their photo, details about their ethnicity, height and weight, even their hobbies and grade point average.
Doctor Samuel Wood runs the reproductive sciences center. His company doesn't advertise for egg donors, but he says it's a growing business because more older couples are trying to get pregnant and need donor eggs. Wood says colleges are a great place to advertise because many female students are smarter, healthier and more attractive than the general population.
Some students, like Megan Wojtysiak, say the idea of being paid to let a doctor harvest her eggs makes her very uncomfortable. She also thinks the ads take advantage of college students who need money.
Dr. Wood says money is rarely the reason behind the donation.
"{Donors} love the idea that there's a couple that's desperate for a child and they have a chance to help."


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