Students should not donate eggs to make quick cash

Opinions Columnist | Journalism sophomore

Despite the high costs of college tuition and textbooks, young college women should think twice before making the decision to donate eggs in order to ease their financial crises.

The broke college student stereotype is very much a reality, and the multi-billion dollar egg donation industry has no problem capitalizing on this fact. But before students give in to selling their eggs to fill up their pockets and pay off loans, they should take a second to stop and think the decision through.

I have, on many occasions, calculated the prices of my tuition, books and cost of living and thought of solutions to ease my money issues as quickly as possible. Looking at a newspaper advertisement offering $2,000 to $10,000 just to donate some eggs, I have thought, “why have I not done this already?” Egg donation compensation is a very tempting offer, but the decision to go through with it should be well thought out and not rushed.

Students should look at all aspects of donating their eggs. Women need to understand that donating eggs is a very long process that can bring emotional and physical complications as well as create health and psychological issues in the future. Donating one’s eggs is anything but a quick, no-strings-attached buck.

The egg donation process is a lengthy one, sometimes extending over the period of six months or more. There is an initial screening, consisting of a psychological evaluation and blood test. Then there is a medical screening and a legal process. These are all just the beginning steps. Once the donor is cleared, there are hormone treatments to stimulate the ovaries and then a surgical extraction of the eggs.

There are many moving parts when it comes to egg donation, and before students jump in, they should research the process and the side effects. Problems such as abdominal swelling, mood swings and hot flashes are all possible complications upon donating eggs. Something that is common amongst younger women is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome. It usually occurs when the hormones given during the donation process over stimulate a woman’s ovaries. Rapid weight gain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath and vomiting are all mild symptoms of OHSS.

Aside from the medical complications that may arise, serious regret can come along with donating eggs. It is easy to see anything that brings in income as a good idea. When desperate for cash, students are almost willing to do anything. But once out of the fog of financial struggle, they will be able to look at things objectively and possibly become a little uncertain of their actions.

Of course, at such a young age, it can be hard to imagine regretting anything. The live-free lifestyle is grand, but later down the line, students may feel differently knowing someone who is genetically related to them is walking around and may one day attempt to contact them.

Students need to be aware of the consequences that donating eggs may bring to them in the near and distant future. They should look at all possibilities and seriously think about it before making a rash decision in order to make a quick buck.