Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 10.53.30 AMFor many Americans, the strains of the economic recession are still very real. Even though the economy is on a slow upturn, cash-strapped women are starting to be more creative with the ways that they can earn extra income. More women are looking to sell their hair, breast milk, and eggs online to offset rising taxes, reduced paychecks, and overall unemployment Bloomberg reports.

In all except two quarters since the beginning of 2011, the phrases, “hair,” “eggs,” or “kidney” have been among the top four autofill results for the Google search query, “I want to sell my…,” Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at New York-based ConvergEx Group, told Bloomberg.

The amount of egg donors has doubled within the past few years. At Shady Grove Fertility Center, a DMV clinic, it is expected that 13,000 women will reportedly apply to donate their eggs this year. That’s a 13% increase from 2012.

For some women it’s a great strategy; it cost nothing to produce the hair, eggs, and breast milk that are naturally created by the human body. But for some, ethical and moral reasons prevent them from using unorthodox measures to make an extra buck.

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  • I see nothing wrong w/ egg donation! I looked into it while I was a college student.

  • I read that they did not want black women’s eggs..check it out….they wanted white, asian and middle eastern eggs only.

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      Where? Link?

    • I’ve never read that anywhere. Where did you read that?

    • I’m gonna find the advertisement…hold on..

  • I would donate eggs. That’s a quick $8,000 in some places.

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    I think this article missed a lot of opportunities for nuance. Selling or donating breast milk when you have an oversupply helps infants get the best possible nutritional, developmental, and immunity foundation – and is totally non-invasive. Donating eggs requires months of hormone therapy before hand and requires surgical removal. Selling a kidney leaves you at a deficit in the future should your remaining organ suffer disease or malfunction. These arendrastically different biological ‘products.’