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Egg Compensation Fees In UK Too Low

Posted on Mon Jan 17, 2011

Egg Compensation Fees In UK Too Low
Approximately one out of every seven couples in the UK have trouble conceiving and demand for infertility treatments with donated eggs is high. However, the wait at fertility clinics for these eggs is long due to the lack of donations. Currently, 40% of egg donations in the UK come from a program called “egg share,” where a woman donates her eggs in return for IVF or other fertility treatments. This statistic demonstrates the low rate of “off the street” donations in the UK. The Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) believes that the current rate of 250 pounds that is paid in compensation for egg donation is not enough and is deterring women from donating eggs in the UK. In Spain, where women receive the equivalent of 760 pounds in compensation for egg donations, the number of donations is much higher. This comparison makes many believe the compensation price in the UK should be raised as well. New regulations will be drawn this coming July, and many hope the compensation fee paid to women who donate eggs will be raised.

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