Egg Sharing

Definition - What does Egg Sharing mean?

Egg sharing involves a woman undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or an egg freezing procedure who then shares some of the eggs retrieved with another individual in need of eggs to achieve pregnancy. The woman who shares her eggs (the sharer) usually receives the IVF treatment or egg freezing procedure for free or at a reduced cost, while the other individual (the recipient) gets the donor eggs required to attempt achieving pregnancy through IVF.

Egg sharing differs from conventional egg donation in that both the donor and recipient are provided an opportunity to have a baby.

FertilitySmarts explains Egg Sharing

Motivations behind egg sharing might include the financial consideration of receiving IVF or egg freezing for free or at a reduced cost, the ability to help others have children, and the desire to prevent the wastage of unused eggs.

Egg sharing is seen by some to be a mutually beneficial scenario. Women who face financial barriers when accessing IVF or egg freezing are able to undergo these procedures and individuals who unable to use their own eggs for IVF due to advanced age, medical issues impacting their fertility, or genetic problems have access to donor eggs. Others question if the sharer receives fair compensation in these arrangements.

Not all women are comfortable with the idea of sharing their eggs because of the emotional and ethical issues associated with it. Any children resulting from the fertilization of shared eggs will be biologically related to the sharer.

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