In the United States, egg donation is a largely unregulated process.
Unfortunately, as a result, this lack of regulation allows egg procurement companies to carry out unethical practices.
Online egg donation companies have been found to fail to report on the risks of egg donation and offer incentives for donors who are attractive or make good grades.
These practices are condemned by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, an organization that sets voluntary guidelines for clinics offering reproductive services.
Since the guidelines are voluntary though, there is no way to enforce their implementation.
Additional infractions by fertility clinics include 34% offering higher payment if a woman had successful previous donations, educational achievement, athletic skills and good looks.
Furthermore, over 40% of the clinics recruited women between 18 and 20, a practice that is frowned upon by the ASRM.