“Donate and Preserve” – Just Another Eggsploitation Gimmick?

by Jennifer Lahl, CBC President on October 11, 2013

Connecticut’s leading fertility center, CT Fertility, run by Dr. Michael Doyle, has announced the launch of a new “Donate and Preserve” program. The program offers repeat egg donors the option to save some of their eggs for their own use later on, should they have problems conceiving.

Recognizing the highly educated egg donors in their program, many on career paths that call for delayed motherhood, CT Fertility will now store the frozen eggs of the donor at no charge.

Of course, CT Fertility sees this as insurance for someone who very well may become another paying customer down the line, if she returns for IVF treatments using her own eggs. Or if the donor happens to get pregnant naturally down the road, her eggs can then be “donated” to CT Fertility for an “additional stipend.”

Doyle sees this as win-win. CT Fertility boasts one of the world’s largest donor egg banks “from which eggs can be offered ‘off-the-shelf’ at any quantity and at any time.”

CT Fertility also has a large gay parenting program. Some of their gay clients are using the freezing option to “help their donor preserve her fertility.”

As part of their cafeteria menu of choices for patients, CT Fertility also offers a “Freeze and Hold” option. This is for couples who are using their own eggs, but have moral issues with freezing embryos. This plan allows them to fertilize only the eggs they will use in a single cycle, and freeze the remaining eggs for later use.

This is what Eggsploitation looks like. Aggressively stimulating young women (how else will you have eggs to use now and eggs to freeze for later use?), potentially risking their health and future fertility, and dressing it all up as a benevolent win-win. Adult desires trump again.

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