17-32 Segment 1: The Risks of Egg Donation


Since 1978, about 5 million babies have been born from in vitro fertilization, and most of those children are biologically related to their parents. However, about 50,000 babies conceived via in vitro come from donor eggs. We talk with Dr. Linda Kahn, Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine; Dr. Richard Paulson, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at University of Southern California and and Dr. Wendy Chavkin, Professor of Public Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University about:

  • The arguments in favor of more regulation of the egg donation industry
  • What we don’t know yet about the long term effects of the process
  • The health and economic concerns for donors who donate multiple times
  • The importance of educating the public about the complexity and risks involved


  • Dr. Linda Kahn, postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics, New York Univ. School of Medicine

  • Dr. Richard Paulson, Prof. of Reproductive Medicine, Univ. of Southern California and President, American Society of Reproductive Medicine

  • Dr. Wendy Chavkin, Prof. of Public Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia Univ

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