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The fertility regulator has launched an investigation into allegations that IVF clinics are inducing women to donate eggs in return for free or discounted treatment.

Women on low incomes who have healthy eggs but cannot get pregnant are being given complimentary treatment or offered a discount if they donate eggs at some clinics, which then resell them for a large profit, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper sent undercover reporters to IVF clinics posing as would-be parents who could not afford treatment. They were encouraged to donate eggs at clinics in London, Hertfordshire and County Durham.

To prevent exploitation it is illegal to pay donors, although compensation of up to £750 a cycle is permissible to cover any costs associated with the donation.

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