Sell your body! Interest in egg donation and surrogate pregancy grows


It sounds like a great idea at first. Especially if you're a grad student long on youth and fertility but short on money (and you're a girl, of course.) A twist on the old "sell your body" route: Sell your eggs to an infertile couple, or agree to gestate a baby for them.

According to this Wall Street Journal story, some clinics are reporting a surge in women selling their eggs or offering to be a surrogate mother. The price for a surrogacy is about $25,000, while eggs sell for between $3,000 and $8,000, although that number can jack a lot higher if you're a 6-foot Swedish athlete with perfect SAT scores.

I remember hearing about this when I was in grad school and thinking, hey, $3,000 for something I'm not even using sounds like a great deal. Several of my friends then were mulling the option.