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Good SAT Scores Lead To Higher Egg Donor Prices 175

alphadogg writes "Analysis from Georgia Institute of Technology of college newspaper egg donor ads showed that higher payments offered to egg donors correlated with higher SAT scores. 'Holding all else equal, an increase of 100 SAT points in the score of a typical incoming student increased the compensation offered to oocyte donors at that college or university by $2,350,' writes researcher Aaron D. Levine in a paper published in the March-April issue of the Hastings Center Report. Concerned about eggs being treated as commodities, and worried that big financial rewards could entice women to ignore the risks of the rigorous procedures required for harvesting, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine discourages compensation based on donors' personal characteristics. The society also discourages any payments over $10,000."
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Good SAT Scores Lead To Higher Egg Donor Prices

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  • Re:Cha-Ching! (Score:3, Informative)

    by MyLongNickName ( 822545 ) on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:15PM (#31660892) Journal

    I don't think you donate just one. I think itis $35K per procedure.

    Anyone familiar with what is involved with "donating" these eggs?

  • Re:Cha-Ching! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:28PM (#31661068)

    I don't think you donate just one. I think itis $35K per procedure.

    Anyone familiar with what is involved with "donating" these eggs?

    It's not like it is for men - wham, bam, checks clears in 6 months man. The donor woman gets drugged with the unfun kinds of drugs - hormones and what not to make her the same batshit crazy menstral cycle as the rich woman. Then, after months of that, they reach up (so to speak) and scoop out as many eggs as they can. They try to implant the rich woman. Lather, rinse, repeat, as needed. You don't get paid until (and if) the rich woman gets knocked up properly. It's pretty messed up. But if the choice is that or a year behind a McD's burger grill...

  • Re:DON'T DO IT (Score:4, Informative)

    by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:38PM (#31661162) Journal

    You just need a signed document saying so.

    Most of those cases have been closed now, in favour of the men not paying child support anymore.

  • Re:What about men? (Score:3, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:41PM (#31661212) Journal
    The numbers are substantially lower across the board, largely because harvesting eggs is an unpleasant business, while harvesting sperm is modestly recreational; but the same general principles apply.

    People are generally looking for one of two things(or a combination) in a donor: A) Approximately like them. Unless you want to have the "No, we didn't adopt; but I shoot blanks/am a poison-womb" chat with everybody who sees your children, you usually want a donor or donors who are phenotypically similar to you. B)Superiority. If you get to chose, why not? This tendency is sometimes constrained by point A); but, when it comes right down to it, this sort of "soft" eugenics is hard to argue with, particularly against a parent who wants the best for their child. We know that all sorts of traits, physical and behavioral, are at least modestly heritable, so why not load the dice?
  • Re:Cha-Ching! (Score:5, Informative)

    by bmajik ( 96670 ) <> on Monday March 29, 2010 @04:29PM (#31661810) Homepage Journal

    Specifically, the woman will typically be placed on an oral contraceptive that suppresses ovulation to "stabilize" her natural menstrual cycle. Then she will come off it at a known point so that her ovulation can be managed with about a 12 hour accuracy.

    During this time, she will typically take drug that stimulates ovarian activity -- Follistim is common -- so that she produces multiple mature egg follicles during a single cycle. She'll typically have a few vaginal ultrasounds during the cycle to estabish follicle count and development. Finally, at the pointed time she'll take a dose of medicine that causes the eggs to be finished/matured/released. The following day she goes in for a procedure where a large syringe punctures the vaginal wall and retreives the eggs.

    If you remember nothing else from this writeup, these are the key points:
    - woman takes a fuckton of ovary-exploding drugs
    - doctor puts enomrous syringe THROUGH THE SIDE OF THE VAGINA

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29, 2010 @06:49PM (#31663528)

    Because nobody would sell his kidneys unless they were in a desperate situation. Allowing kidney sell gives an incentive to very wealthy sick persons to use their money to
    1)find a compatible donor.
    2)bankrupt them
    3)come as the savior and offer them money in exchange for one kidney

    Since society as a whole doesn't want persons to have incentives to harm others, society as a whole has decided to remove the choice from the individual and to forbid selling one's own kidneys. Result, extremely wealthy sick people don't have any reason to do 2) since even if one is bankrupt he doesn't have the choice the ability to make a kidney/money exchange deal.

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