Tuffy Luv Luvs Eggs

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Dear Tuffy Luv,

I’m broke. But I’m still in college so I can’t work full-time. So I had this great idea. I’m going to donate an egg. Do you know anything about this? All I know is it’s going to make me money.
Thank you, Tuffy!

Brandi

Dear Brandi,

It’s true you can make thousands of dollars for donating eggs, but it’s a little more complicated than that. (Isn’t everything? Sigh.)

Women are born with a certain number of eggos. There’re several hundred, but what you got is all you get. To give, you have to be at least 21 and you usually have to be less than 35. You have to be healthy (no STDs or hereditary health problems) and you can’t be a drug user or alcoholic.

But that ain’t it, kid. The process then screens you for things like how you look, how you did on your standardized tests, and so on and so forth. Because, although there are lots of people who do this just to have a baby, some people do this to try to design their baby. Which Tuffy ain’t making a statement on. But just so’s you’re aware.

Anyway, once you’re accepted, you have a gynecological exam. If that clears, you’re given a donor agreement to sign saying you’ll never try to claim custody of the kid, etc. etc. etc. And then, finally, you get paid. Several thousand bucks, in fact.

But it’s not done yet! Now’s the surgery part. You’ll be injected with gonadotropins (hormones) every day for a month to make you produce extra eggs. This makes your stomach look like you are with child and your eventual period EXTREMELY uncomfortable. But it’s just the one month. Be VERY, VERY careful (seriously, VERY careful) during this — you will be extremely fertile, so pregnancy is a big problem. Be careful! (See my last post, ladies!)

After a series of minor medial procedures (ask your doc), you finally have the surgery. It takes about a half an hour. A doctor numbs you and inserts a needle into you to collect the eggs. Afterward, you take antibiotics so as not to get an infection.

Listen, girl. This is a very giving thing to do that can really help couples who can’t have children of their own. BUT!!! – this is a big but, ladies – it’s a difficult procedure that is hard on a woman’s body. Please make sure it’s worth it to you before you do it.

If you’re thinking about doing this for the cash, you better sit your sweet self down with a doctor and talk about it first. Think long and hard–this is NOT easy money.

Hearts & Skulls,

Tuffy Luv

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