INCREASED compensation payments for women who donate eggs should not be a motivating factor for those who choose to become donors, a county woman has warned.
IVF centres cannot offer payments to those who decide to help someone else conceive a child by donating one of their eggs, but they can offer compensation for loss of earnings and expenses.
From April 1, the compensation which can be paid will be raised by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from £250 to £750, with provision to claim an excess covering higher expenses.
Mum-of-four Selina Walster, of Wellingborough, has been an egg donor and hopes to do it again.
But she is worried the higher compensation payments could attract others for the wrong reasons.
The 30-year-old, who has four sons of her own, said: “I’d been thinking about it for years before I did it.
“One of my friends was struggling with having babies and they were talking about IVF.
“For me it’s that I’m helping someone else to have children and to have that experience I’ve had.
“Some people say they wouldn’t do it as it’s like giving your child away but I don’t feel it’s really a child.
“If you don’t use the egg it’ll perish. It’s giving someone the opportunity to have a life.
“When I did it I didn’t even realise you got paid.
“I think younger ones might think they can get £750 for doing this and then later might regret it. People need to understand it can be an emotional time.”
Donors must be fit, healthy, under 36, with no history of genetic disorders or ovarian disease.