Egg and sperm donors could get payment

Watchdog calls for egg and sperm donors to be paid to end a shortage of IVF eggs

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The ban on selling sperm and eggs should be reconsidered to address a national shortage of donors, according to the head of the Government’s fertility watchdog.

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Since a ban on payments was introduced in 2006 and anonymity for donors was removed in 2005, the numbers of women using donated eggs between 2004 and 2006 fell by 25%; the number using donated sperm fell by 30%.

The shortage of donors has forced hundreds of British couples to resort to travelling abroad for treatment and the watchdog has recommended the rules be reconsidered.

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“Given the evidence that egg shortage is driving women overseas, I feel responsibility to look at the decision again,” Lisa Jardine, chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, told The Times.

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