donation has become a significant part of the fertility industry – there are over
100,000 IVF attempts a year and over 15,000 of them are through egg donation. The process of egg donation makes
pregnancy possible for women who might not otherwise be able to get pregnant
using their own eggs. But buyers beware: there are potential pitfalls.
Egg donations don’t often come cheap. Women's eggs can be bought and sold over the Internet and donors can charge whatever they want – the marketplace is anything but regulated. Simply put, there are no guarantees. Still, thousands are willing to jump into the egg donor marketplace, because despite the risks, donor eggs have enabled many women to become mothers. Author of her award winning book “Grade A Baby Eggs” Victoria Hopewell (pen name) went through the egg donation process and she sits down with “The Shine” to talk about the many hidden truths of this highly unregulated marketplace.
Another aspect of egg donation (and other methods women use to get pregnant) are the costs associated with these procedures. If you’re dealing with infertility, these price breakdowns will help you choose your route.