The first child being born from egg donation was reported in Australia in 1983. Since then, egg donation has been used to treat infertility caused by a variety of conditions affecting the ovary. It is the process of a woman donating eggs to enable another woman to conceive as part of an assisted reproduction treatment. Egg donation typically involves the in vitro fertilization technology, with the eggs being fertilized in the laboratory. More rarely, unfertilized eggs may be frozen and stored for later use.
The legislation concerning egg donation depends on each country. In case of illegality women often decide to go abroad for assisted fertilization.
I created 45 symbols that should raise awareness to this topic. Each symbol represents one random egg cell being donated, either legally via one of the databases or illegally by an unknown donor. Each sting into the egg cell stands for an incident of assisted reproduction within one country. That way, the number of stings indicate a country’s popularity within the fertilization business and visualize the country’s legal policy by the symbols’ density value.
„Human Database“ shows positive and negative associations with this fast and uncontrollable reproduction treatment.