Winning at life

In that evolutionary sense:

In addition to her surrogacy work, Tyra estimates that she’s donated hundreds of eggs through the years that now sit frozen in little metal canisters in a storage facility. She made $8,000 a cycle and knows of at least 27 children conceived with her eggs. She doesn’t know the fate of all her eggs or the details of all the babies born of them, but she loves that her DNA is part of so many different family trees.

As far as actual nature is concerned the more grandchildren you have the more you’ve won.

12 thoughts on “Winning at life”

  1. IIRC a human female starts off with about 25,000 eggs. Nature is parsimonious in everything except sex. Whoopee!
    I wonder if she risks the same maintainance demands as some of the sperm donors.

  2. “Donated”…”made $8000″…

    That’s not donated, that’s sold.

    Good on her, though. Sovereign ownership of one’s own body and it’s products, and all that.

  3. she has also donated her leftover breast milk to an orphanage.

    The phrasing could have been a little more felicitous.

  4. She has sired 27 kids she will never know and who might be being trained daily by Christ knows what scum to piss upon whatever values she holds dear.

    Altho’ money seems to be the main one she has.

  5. She has sired 27 kids she will never know and who might be being trained daily by Christ knows what scum to piss upon whatever values she holds dear.

    It’s not the “values she holes dear” so much as the “value of her holes, dear”.

    But I’m a hateful white male full of racism and misogyny, so my opinion doesn’t count. Then again, if I’d chosen surrogacy instead of marriage I’d still have my kid.

  6. At $8,000 per cycle, am I correct to infer that she is making $96,000 per year just from donating eggs? Or does a cycle mean something else?

  7. At $8,000 per cycle, am I correct to infer that she is making $96,000 per year just from donating eggs? Or does a cycle mean something else?

    When she’s talking about cycle, I believe she is referring to the cycle of clinical egg harvesting rather than “her monthly cycle” as it were. Quite how they harvest her eggs I’m not so sure. Keyhole surgery or something more like an endoscope, but inserted via the “V-slot”?

    Either way I’ll give it a pass, even for $8,000

  8. ‘I wonder if she risks the same maintainance demands as some of the sperm donors.’

    Perhaps she’ll demand maintenance from them?

  9. Cycle here isn’t the normal monthlies. It’s a treatment with hormones to overstimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs at one time. Not something done every 30 days, definitely not.

  10. ‘I wonder if she risks the same maintainance demands as some of the sperm donors.’ Perhaps she’ll demand maintenance from them?

    I would assume that the same rule applies as for sperm donors, in that as long as the donation is done with clinical oversight then no liability for child support arises. It’s only adhoc sperm donation (like when gays give lesbians a helping hand via a turkey baster) that liability for child support remains a possibility.

    Don’t know for sure though.

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