In hard times, more US women try to sell their eggs

NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Drawn by payments of up to  $10,000, an increasing number of women are offering to sell  their eggs at U.S. fertility clinics as a way to make money  amid the financial crisis.
Nicole Hodges, a 23-year-old actress in New York City who  has been out of work since November, says she has decided to  sell her eggs because she desperately needs cash.

“I’m still paying off college. I have credit card bills  and, you know, rent in New York is so expensive,” Hodges, who  has been accepted as donor and is waiting to be chosen by a  couple, told Reuters Television.

Hodges said there was also some satisfaction in helping an  infertile couple have a child. “Yes, the money is very nice,  but it’s nice to be able to let a mother who wants to be a  mother be a mother,” she said.

Fertility organizations across the country said there had  been a growing interest. The Center for Egg Options in Illinois  has seen a 40 percent increase in egg donor inquiries since the  start of 2008.

New York City’s Northeast Assisted Fertility Group said  interest had doubled and the Colorado Center for Reproductive  Medicine said it had received 10 percent more inquiries.

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