A lawsuit filed by a Toronto woman against a fertility clinic that she claims was responsible for the loss of dozens of her eggs has drawn attention to a reproductive industry that doctors and medical regulators say is lacking in...
Young women see the ads on their Facebook feeds, in a college newspaper, even posted on Craig’s List.
They read: “Donate your eggs,” Help a family” and “Make some money.”
But what are the long-term risks to the egg donor?
It’s a question that weighs heavily on Dr. Jennifer Schneider’s mind. Her daughter, Jessica Grace Wing, was slender, vivacious and beautiful. She was a non-smoker, vegetarian, a yoga enthusiast, talented musician, composer and filmmaker.
“She was almost 6 feet tall. Lovely. She also did some modeling,” said Schneider with a smile on her face.
While she was a student at Stanford, the Tucson native saw ads on campus looking for egg donors.
“She had a friend who had done it,” Schneider said. “It would be a way of helping other women and also of getting some extra money.”
When she asked her daughter about the risks, Jessica explained there were no known risks.
Egg donors are offered monetary compensation for their efforts. Some donors with desirable traits earning as much as $50,000, but the harvesting procedure is not an easy...