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    Hi everyone
    I am in desparate need for some help. Are there any ladies who went OS for egg donation and got their scripts filled in Brisbane? If so could you please point me to that doctor?
    I have plans to go OS at the end of the month and my GP has changed her mind, where three weeks ago she was happy to wriye the script and now, when i need to start taking the medication next week, she has changed her mind.
    I am very upset that a $6000 DE cycle and $3000 in airfares is in jeopardy because she changed her mind. I would be most grateful for a reply from someone who was treated in Brisbane before going OS.

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    I live in the Kimberley's in a very remote location & I got my scripts via Hollywood Fertiltiy clinic in Perth. They have an association with CFC. I had to pay $500 and they mailed me all my blood slips, organised scans, & mailed the scripts to my home address. I am sure they would help out. The donor co-ordinator is Tania Dettling and she is really helpful.

    Good Luck!

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    Thanks Brindo! That is great inside knowledge I ended up finding another GP who would help but I am glad you posted that for others who find themselves in a similar situation.

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    Exclamation My 2 cents of US advice

    I am about to embark on my journey to the United States to find a egg donor. I have ummmed and ahhhed about it for nearly 6 months as the cost will spend our house deposit and was hoping that one last attempt would work. This is what I have found in this time.

    There are four ways to obtain eggs in the US.
    1. Through the IVF clinic.
    2. Through a donor agency
    3. Direct with known donor.
    4. Frozen eggs

    I will also provide some thoughts on donors as well. I will outline below some of the interesting things found, drawbacks and site links.

    IVF Clinic

    Many clinic have their own donor pools. They are limited and usually consist of women who have gone through IVF and either sold their eggs or are selling their eggs to fund their own IVF. If the eggs are frozen clarify how many you are getting. Sometimes this is a shared arrangement with only half the eggs going to you. Also there is not the wide selection of donors available and you may need to wait for a suitable one.

    Reputable clinic listing and everything you need to know.
    http://www.ihr.com/infertility/provider/donoregg.html
    http://www.arcfertility.com/

    Affiliated finance programs
    http://attainivf.com/

    Donor Agencies

    There are many agencies in the usa that find donors and will act as a liaison between you and the donor. They charge a premium for this service but coordinate a whole range of tests and legal issues for you.
    There is no regulation governing them and some are not reputable. (Miracles allegedly). Some agencies have lots of donors and some very little. They require multiple forms filled in and in some cases your history. If you are using an agency consider where the donor is located you don’t want to pay too much for their travel too.

    Things to consider

    Do
    Check the agency credentials before you give your personal details.
    Consider setting up a egg donor email and provide fake details. You can always sign-up as you when you find someone you are happy with.
    It is better to select agencies who have been around a while.
    Get referrals from US sites.
    Check, check and check again costs. Costs can be omitted which can add up.
    Do not automatically use their lawyer, are they acting in your interest?
    Check whether there is a street address. Look it up on Google.
    Speak to them on the phone.
    Visit them if you can.
    Ask for referrals.
    Read the contract thoroughly.

    Don’t

    Assume that they have your best interests at heart. They are very, very nice but are there to make money.
    Do not choose the IVF doctor they recommend without research sometimes these clinics will take on donors who they know will not produce quality eggs. Over produce eggs to the detriment of the quality.
    Sign anything until you are sure and have it checked by a lawyer
    Never pay to access the database. If they don’t provide it for free then there are many others that do walk away.
    Check your contract about who owns the eggs. You maybe able to sell them back.

    Links to agencies with great donors (if you sign up say I referred you jm_jazzy maybe they will give me a discount
    http://www.thedonorsolution.com
    http://www.thedonorsource.com
    http://www.conceptionscenter.com
    https://www.eggdonor.com/
    http://www.extraconceptions.com
    http://www.fertilitybridges.com - This is more an introduction service than full agency

    Frozen

    Great if you consider that cycles do not need syncing and only want one child.
    Go frozen with care. The egg numbers are limited, you need as many eggs as you can get.
    All tests are already done. Usually come in lots of 5 or 6 eggs.
    Claim they are excellent quality.
    Lower cost overall
    Some will actually fertilise the eggs with sent to them sperm.

    Links
    http://www.theworldeggbank.com/for-recipients.html
    http://www.fairfaxeggbank.com
    http://www.myeggbank.com

    Known donors

    Similar to Australia there are sites where you can source your own donor. - do so carefully. They are nice certainly, it is cheaper but also more risky. Some are moderate in fee some not. There are donors all over the world who will help you. There are Australians on the sites - yay but they have never responded back to me. As you are paying for everything a donor who has previously donated is better if they will provide verifyable medical info. You cannot bring them to Australia but you can go to them or bring them to Thailand.

    http://www.opts.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.cgi
    http://www.surromomsonline.com/
    http://www.surrogatefinder.com/account/ - there is a fee for this one

    Donors

    Have many reasons for donation. Assume good intentions.
    Read there profiles thoroughly. Check what they say about their family history.
    Family health history sounds too good ( no diseases or illness) then they are not being 100% truthful.
    If possible ask for family photos - looks can skip a generation.
    See what they say about their childhood.
    Decide on four or five important features for us it is:
    Between 5’3 and 6’0
    Green or Hazel eyes
    Nice voice (singer if possible) Imagine if you get “The Nanny!”
    Easy going, friendly, caring
    No family history of alcoholism/addiction
    Some list in multiple agencies and do not get a donor who has donated more than 4 times that year or once in the last 3 months.

    Be aware that this person is now part of your families genetic history. Like it or not your child is related to them. They may have children and they will be half brothers and sisters. To your child. Consider how you will contact them if you go through an anonymous donation, the agency closes and your child needs a bone marrow match. What would you do?
    You can choose a partially known donation where you know their details, they know yours, open donation where you plan to have contact, anonymous.

    My FS here was suspicious of anon agencies. He suggested you at the very least get to meet the donor. He was concerned that you may not get the eggs you pay for. Perhaps ask the IVF doctor to take a photo on the day.

    I have a list of nearly 40 agencies and clinics. I have heard some good things about some agencies and bad about others. I also think I have seen every single donor well it seems that way. So if you wish to PM me I would be happy to provide advice. If anyone is considering an egg sharing arrangement I am interested. Oh and if anyone wants to meet in person to discuss I am in Sydney.

    JM
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    Hi Ladies, we used BHED and found a great donor. Our clinic is just outside of LA, but we are very happy with them. We selected them from a phone consult, the clinic is called Fertility and Surgical Associates. Our Doctor is Ashim Kumar - the clinic has a 79% success rate which seemed pretty good but honestly there are so many options in the US it's incredible. We have had a couple of transfers with no success, but unlike our doctor here, Dr Kumar has had a couple of suggestions as to why we might not have had success, so we are hopeful that we will. BHED were great, very professional and kept us up to date all through the process.

    Let me know if you want any other information

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    just an addition to your sites... I have 3 friends whom have used this egg bank/IVF place both in usa and out of... they have all gotten pregnant and have found the service to be fantastic and very geared up.
    The egg quality is excellent-- you get 6 eggs... most get 3-6 blasts and they have a blast guarentee program... if you dont get a blast you cycle again for free.
    Its certainly easier for timing etc and you can do all the monitoring in australia.

    http://rba-online.com/ivf/index.php

    the downside is it is about $16000... they also use an endometrial biopsy as part of their routine pre transfer work up and have a success rate of around 70%.

    I hope this helps....

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    Hi ladies, I just wanted to throw another option that hasn't been discussed into the ring!

    DH and I have just returned from Europe where we did an anonymous donor egg cycle at the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine in Zlin. Our specialist here in Australia told us to go there instead of the USA purely because of price. All up our 16 days in Europe where we did do touristy things are travelled a bit, our airfares, accommodation, cycle with donor eggs, medications and accommodation came in at a tad under $14,000. Can I add we spent several nights staying at Hilton's which if we hadn't would have cut the bill by at least a grand. We could have done the trip for close to $11,000. On the plus side, I am pregnant!

    We were so happy with the quality of care provided at the clinic.The facilities were state of the art! There were no language barriers whatsoever, the nurses, doctors and especially the coordinator spoke perfect English. For people investigating this route you should consider this as an option. The only down side here V's the USA is that donation is 100% anonymous. You don't get to choose your donor. I sent lots of photos and info about myself and the coordinator selected my donor from a large pool. The clinic is part of the hospital and next to a large university, so there are lots of donors! The waiting time is about 8-10 weeks.

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    Default Congratulations

    Just wanted to say congratulations that is a wonderful result. Good luck with the journey!

    Quote Originally Posted by Alice284 View Post
    Hi ladies, I just wanted to throw another option that hasn't been discussed into the ring!

    DH and I have just returned from Europe where we did an anonymous donor egg cycle at the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine in Zlin. Our specialist here in Australia told us to go there instead of the USA purely because of price. All up our 16 days in Europe where we did do touristy things are travelled a bit, our airfares, accommodation, cycle with donor eggs, medications and accommodation came in at a tad under $14,000. Can I add we spent several nights staying at Hilton's which if we hadn't would have cut the bill by at least a grand. We could have done the trip for close to $11,000. On the plus side, I am pregnant!

    We were so happy with the quality of care provided at the clinic.The facilities were state of the art! There were no language barriers whatsoever, the nurses, doctors and especially the coordinator spoke perfect English. For people investigating this route you should consider this as an option. The only down side here V's the USA is that donation is 100% anonymous. You don't get to choose your donor. I sent lots of photos and info about myself and the coordinator selected my donor from a large pool. The clinic is part of the hospital and next to a large university, so there are lots of donors! The waiting time is about 8-10 weeks.

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    Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and info. Well we are in the final stages of booking everything in to go to the states later this year. It is expensive, but we both feel more comfortable about going to California. We have found our Aussie doctors to be supportive and our overseas clinic even send the requests for tests etc straight to the Aussie clinic. It must be very different state by state!
    I am nervous, excited and at times very stressed about the whole process... But overall I feel incredibly optimistic. We are trying once. If it doesn't work we are not going to persist. I have had one child, not with my soulmate
    But I can't help feeling like everything will work out. I am encouraged by all of your amazing stories

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    Hi Everyone
    I too am looking at becoming an egg donor recipient in America. This thread has been really helpful - thanks!
    I'm just wondering if anyone can help me - where do I get all my preliminary tests done? We're going to look for a donor first (we have specific criteria), then find a clinic near our donor. To make sure I have everything 'ready' I thought I'd get my preliminary tests done - the clinics seem to have the same (or very similar) list of tests that need to be sent over before the first phone consultation. My tests from my IVF clinic are pretty out of date (+1 year) so I need to have them all done again.
    Where do I go?


 

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