Egg and sperm donors could get payment

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


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.


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.


“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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