Young girls in their early 20s, college students and working professionals, are turning to egg donor programmes (aiding assisted pregnancies) to make a quick buck which would help them buy a designer bag or pay for an exotic weekend getaway. In an alarming trend, an increasing number of youngsters in the city are repeatedly engaging themselves in these two-week programmes for lure of lucre. Each sitting reportedly makes the donor richer by Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000. Blame it on aspirational lifestyles. Dr Kamini A Rao, a leading gynaecologist in the city, who heads the Assisted Conception Centre in Bangalore, said she runs into at least one `young adult' every week who is looking to donate eggs for some additional pocket money.
Interestingly, most of these young donors are from working class backgrounds, often with both parents in salaried jobs. They may have comfortable lifestyles, but it is clearly not enough. One of the requirements of the programme is that the donor is above the age of 21, because of which parental consent isn't needed. Unlike with renting of the womb, a trend that is growing in popularity in the lower middle class with the surrogate mother gaining up to Rs 2 lakh, there are few physical giveaways in donating eggs.