If the idea of having an all expenses paid trip to an idyllic Greek Island sounds too good be true- it’s because it is!
It’s a tactic the world’s largest sperm back has adopted do help boost its donations. There is one small hurdle however- you must be Danish.
The reasons aren’t what you may think. It’s not because Scandinavian women are genetically blessed with blonde hair and long limbs. It’s because of a discriminatory Danish law that allows for the sale of donor sperm but NOT donor eggs.
The Copenhagen-based Cryos International Sperm Bank has established a foreign subsidiary so it can bypass the law and is offering all-expenses-paid ‘wellness holidays’ to Danish women if they donate their eggs at fertility clinics in Spain, Greece or Cyprus, reports the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
Danish women can currently donate their eggs either anonymously or to a specific person. They receive a maximum of $450 in compensation for the treatments leading to the donation, but are not paid directly for the eggs.
In other European countries however the costs vary dramaticaly. In Sweden, women can receive almost $1700, while in Spain the amount is almost $1300.
Now Cryos is offering up to $2000 for Danish donations in stunning holiday destinations such as Spain, Greece and Cyprus.
The head of Cryos, Ole Schou, told Jyllands-Posten: “I don’t see anything unethical in it. The Danish rules are absurd and detrimental and on top of that it is discriminatory that here [in Denmark] you can sell sperm but not eggs.
“We want to help the childless, but we are also a private company and therefore we need to sell eggs in order to make money. And if we can’t do it in Denmark, then we have to do it somewhere else.”
Cryos is already making a killing out of Danish sperm. Apparently the sperm is very highly sought after by British women who are eager to have ‘Viking babies’. A documentary released earlier this year, revealed hundreds of British women travel to Denmark to have fertility treatments or to buy Danish sperm over the internet (at around $900 a pop, pardon the pun).
“The Danes are famous for exporting beer, bacon, LEGO — and now sperm,” explained documentary maker Sue Bourne. ‘”I don’t think most people have any idea of the scale of what is happening because the women who do it tend to be secretive.”
Do you think it’s unethical to be offered an all expenses paid holiday in return for egg donations? Would you donate your eggs to a friend if they were struggling to conceive? Or perhaps you used a donor egg to conceive yourself?