Donating your eggs to infertile couples to help them fall pregnant is a noble gesture, yet one which is now being exploited by unscrupulous egg donor agencies who are advertising in South Africa. These agencies offer women an all expenses-paid overseas trip in exchange for their eggs, an offer which generally is too good to be true, and highly illegal.
One Stellenbosch woman, who wished to remain anonymous, found this out the hard way after answering an advertisement. She travelled to India to donate her eggs but ended up developing hyperstimulation, a very serious health condition caused by the incorrect administration of hormone medicines.
Illegal market growing