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Egg Hunt

Donors might be well paid, but much is still unknown about the effects of egg donation.

SUMMER 2009
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5,393 Number of babies born in the United States in 2006 from donor eggs

4,217 Average compensation (in dollars) for an egg donor in the United States (though donors with demonstrable academic or athletic prowess are often paid more)

1099 U.S. Internal Revenue Service form on which a donor must report her payment

250 Maximum fee (in pounds) paid to British donors, to make up for lost wages

32.2 Percentage of U.S. women who said in a study that altruism alone motivated them to donate eggs

18.8 Percentage motivated solely by cash

55 Percentage jump in applications that some fertility clinics have seen in the first four months of 2009 over the same period last year

6 Maximum number of times a woman should donate eggs in the United States, suggested by industry standards to mitigate health risks

0 Number of egg donations allowed by law in Germany and Italy

20 Percentage of donors in a study who didn’t recall being warned of risks, such as ovarian hyperstimulation (which can cause fluid to accumulate in the abdomen or lungs) caused by injections or infection from egg retrieval

0 Number of studies that have examined the long-term health effects of egg donation

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