The following comes from a Nov. 24 story in the Daily Mail (U.K.).
For years, people have talked about choosing their dream baby. An ability to choose good looks, intelligence and be free of health problems.
Now some of the best looking people on the planet are giving would-be parents the opportunity to see how the finished product may look.
Egg ‘agents’ are targeting the city’s models and actresses whose good looks are coveted by couples turning to in-vitro fertilization.
Adverts asking for actresses to donate their eggs have appeared on casting sites such as Backstage.com – and for an out-of-work actress, the money can be the deciding factor.
Robyn Young, 28, made between $8,000 and $10,000 for her first donation in 2009.
‘I didn’t want to be a stripper. I wanted to figure out my career, so there was really no other choice at the time,’ Ms Young told the New York Post.
‘I waited a year and a half for the second one. I kept saying no, no, no and finally said OK,’ she recalled.
Ms Young, who has appeared in Boardwalk Empire believes she’s something of a desirable commodity because she is athletic and has green eyes.
She is now considering donating eggs for a third time. The maximum number of times you can donate is six.
‘I haven’t even started with the hormones for this one, and the agent is already trying to get me to sign the contract for the fourth,’ Ms. Young said.
The hormones are taken for between two to nine weeks to increase egg production.
The process works much like an acting audition with the egg agency setting up interviews with different couples until one picks her.
A full background check is carried out on each of the participants. It involves standard health checks such as a blood test for diseases, however it even goes as far as to check her high school grades.
Ms. Young says she was nervous during her first interview.
‘I want them to know who I really am. I’m not trying to put on a mask, because it’s ultimately going to be their kid,’ she said. ‘They want to make sure it’s someone with a good head on their shoulders.’
The most painful part of the process is the harvesting of the eggs which is painful.
‘You’re put under for about 20-30 minutes, and afterwards you feel sore, bloated and just want to rest,’ she said.
There are some side effects but there have not been any specific studies that can explain the risks.
Some doctors say that apart from losing eggs, there is a risk of getting cysts.
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