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    HI MIss Madeleine, you'll need to organise the tests with your doctor here. I used my IVF doctor here in Melbourne and he charged me a minor facilitation fee. He takes all of the prescriptions, scan and blood test requests from the clinic in LA where we have been going, and writes prescriptions and referrals for us. I then liaise with the clinic around timing. Do you have a doctor here?

    Good luck by the way, we've just had a positive result so we're very happy!

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    Thanks Cazhen & congratulations - WOOOOW!

    After reading your post I rang my IVF doctor, he's going to charge me a flat fee of $750! Man this fertility thing is BIG business. I'm thinking I might shop around because all my tests results are out of date anyway. Are you happy with your IVF doctor here?
    May I ask if you used donor eggs from your clinic's database or did you use an agency? We are looking for a 'known' or 'open' donation so it looks like we need to use an agency... do you have any advice? And how was your clinic?!
    Any help would be so much appreciated.

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    Hey Miss Madeleine. yes, it IS a big business! my doctor charged the same....I was happy with my doctor here although he couldn't help us (we first saw him 5 years ago when we were starting on our fertility journey - we had our first child by accident (according to most doctors we were too old) and wanted a sibling for her which is why we've gone down the donor journey. We used an agency in LA, Beverly Hills Egg Donors. We chose the donor, but she has chosen not to be contacted until the child is 18. If you are going to LA, I do recommend them, but the clinic I went to had its own donor program as well which may have eliminated the agency fee I'm not sure. There really are so many to choose from there. I also had a great experience with Global Egg Donors - they are in south africa, We didn't end up using them but the team there are fantastic and some donors are prepared to allow contact which I thought was amazing.

    My only advice would be have a talk to them. If you feel comfortable with the doctor and the clinic and the agency then go for it, it is an amazing journey. Our clinic was fine, communication was a little lacking at times but in the end for me the choice was based on the doctor and how you connect. In the US it is a much bigger business than it is here so they make it very easy for you get what you need - it's a very positive industry and they want to help you. Let me know if you want clinic and doctor details, he is treating people from all over the world and getting some great success.

    Go for it, if you don't you will always wonder what you could have achieved.

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    Smile My experience

    Hi,

    Thought I would also offer some advice, I apologize as it would be brief as I am on my mobile.

    We are going to the US in December and have found a known donor. We posted on opts forum received replies and found someone we liked. The only issue we have is with coordination. We are seeking an agency to help us with this as there are legal and financial issues which must be clarified. We are going through Huntington reproductive centre in California. Mainly as it is fairly easy to get to ( no transfers) fairly well priced and we liked the doctors.

    If you want a known donor, some agencies will ask the donor and it maybe okay. I would recommend the site fertility bridges if you wish to have contact with your donor. They have an open email system. We found a great donor there it she didn't want contact at all.

    If you are in Sydney I would be happy to discuss things. Or pm me.


    I wish you well it is a complicated decision but I believe worth it.

    JM

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    Hi Jazzstar,
    How did it go in December?
    I wanted to get your advice on which Doctor you would have used locally in Sydney for the preparation and afterwards? We have got the support from ours here but it is a flat fee of $1000 and I'm not feeling 100% confident with him. Is this fee normal?

    Thanks,
    SAS.

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    Hi all,

    I am just starting to embark on exploring the best egg donor solution. I am thinking the USA will be best as I would really prefer for my child to be able to contact the donor if they wish when they turn 18.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for US agencies or clinics that will allow you to either meet the donor or agree to open ID release when 18?

    I am also thinking of going to the US as opposed to importing frozen eggs as I would like to two have siblings from the same donor.

    I would prefer an agency/clinic where they have a wide variety of choice regarding donors also. Not asking for much am I?

    Can any of you wonderful people give me some advice?

    Thanks!

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    Hi Lazza

    I have done, and am still doing exactly what you are about to embark on. I don't know where to start - I have loads of information I'm happy to share.

    First thing, do you have the book 'The Insider's Guide to Egg Donation'? It is an absolute must. It's by Wendie Wilson-Miller and Erika Napolitano and it is a comprehensive guide for those seeking an egg donor in America. It's fantastic.

    Our number 1 priority in seeking a donor was finding an 'open' or 'known' donor. We found our donor through an egg donor agency - there are very few clinics who have known donors on their lists, the only 2 I found were ORM (Oregon Reproductive Medicine) and San Diego Fertility Clinic. They have only a handful of donors though. We then used a clinic that she had cycled at before and it happened to be in LA so a much more convenient trip for an Australian.

    The agency's I found with open donors on their list are as follows:
    Creative Conceptions
    Donor Source
    Creating New Generations
    My Donor Cycle
    Giving Hope
    Beverly Hills Egg Donation
    Family Creations
    Peas in a Pod

    Just contact them and they give you a password to access their database, each donor has a profile, which states whether they are interested in future contact (the term they use is 'future contact', 'known donor' and 'open donation/donor'). If you go through an agency, you have agency fees, though the clinics who have their own donor database do charge an agency fee also, although I'm almost certain it's less than going through an agency! We found the clinics lists are not extensive.

    Another thing I would mention is that you need to move quickly if you like a donor - they get chosen quickly. The book I mentioned talks about this and other things to watch, such has how to choose a donor. Also another thing to keep in mind is that there is no law requiring donors to be open to contact, even if you do have a contract with them stating this as a requirement. You may put it in the contract with your donor, but you can't enforce it if they choose, in 18 years, not to meet.

    Cheers & it took us a good 6 months to figure it all out so don't hesitate to ask if I can assist further.


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    Thank you so much Miss Madeleine. That is VERY helpful. I have started reading that book you suggested and so far very informative. I am hoping to have the donation from April -June next year so sounds like a good idea to get started on the research now. I only hope that if I find a donor soon they don't drop out or change their mind by then.

    Have started looking through databases and found a good one called Donor Network Alliance which combines lots of agencies. Guess the hard part is picking an agency. Do you have to pay fees up front or only once they have matched you? So much to think about!

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    Hi Lazza
    We found each agency differed. Some were willing to hold a donor for a couple of days free of charge while other agencies ask for a deposit. In any case you need to pay a deposit in order to secure a donor.
    MM

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    Hi Ladies
    I'm about to cycle again in the U.S. with donor eggs and I'm wondering if any of you girls were put on intralipids as part of your treatment? I'm specifically wondering where oh where I would have this done in Melbourne, as I'm not 'attached' to a fertility specialist here? My GP who has assisted me with all scan & blood referrals and scripts has no idea.
    Any hints or advice would be most appreciated.
    MM
    Miss Madeleine


 

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