The Times of India | 8 August 2008
NEW YORK: With a full load of classes, two young kids, and a stack of bills piling up, Michelle decided to face her economic straits in an unorthodox manner. She decided to donate her eggs.
“The cost of living is crazy right now, with two kids, gas prices, and rent…I’m living paycheque to paycheque,” the 24-year-old said. “I just need the money to finish school.”
Michelle, apparently, is not alone. As the US economy slumps, some fertility clinics say interest in donating has surged, CNN said. “We are seeing an increase in inquiries but we’re not sure if it’s due to the economy or increased awareness,” said Dr Susan Waller, a reproductive endocrinologist at the Reproductive Science Centre of the Bay Area. Last July, the centre received 120 calls inquiring about egg donation. This year that number jumped to 158 calls.