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    Default Melb couple - do we have to find our own egg donor?

    We live in Victoria and are about to see a FS at Monash IVF. I am 43 and my husband is 52. We have a beautiful little boy who is 2 years old and in May last year, we lost our precious five and a half year old daughter from an asthma attack. We desperately want to have another baby so that our little boy has a sibling to grow up with. We've tried to conceive naturally (both our children were conceived naturally) and we did get pregnant, but I miscarried at 6 weeks. We saw my OB today and he has referred us to Luk Rombauts at Monash IVF who we see on 13th March. My Obstetrician mentioned that our only hope may be a Donor Egg. We didn't ask many questions about that today, but now I'm wanting to know - do we have to find our own egg donor or will we be able to use an anonymous one who Monash IVF finds for us? Also, how much does a donor egg cost? Hope someone can answer those questions for us? Thanks

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    Hi sians mum

    Really sorry to hear about your daughter. Once you see Monash they will be able to provide you with more information. From my understanding and we have only just started looking at egg donation that there are clinic recruited egg donors however there is a lengthy waiting list and many people are encouraged to try and find their own.

    Im not sure what the costs are but hoping someone else will be able to provide you that information.

    Once you see Monash they might be able to try different things for you rather than going straight to egg donation. Your OB might have jumped the gyn a bit especially if your egg quality is still okay.

    All the best.

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    Thanks so much for replying 'midnite01'. I was quite naive and just thought that we'd be able to use an egg from an anonymous donor that the clinic would find for us, but now from what I'm reading, it seems that if you live in Victoria, you must find the donor yourself. That all seems so daunting.
    I wish you all the very best with your journey and hope you have a beautiful baby in your arms in the not too distant future. Thanks again for answering my questions.

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    I'm not sure if Monash have anon donor eggs, I know melbourne ivf used to but the lists were too long with too few eggs so they stopped it. You could probably call the main info number for Monash to find out before you have your appt just so you go in there knowing whether it's an option or not. Do you have an accounts appt or anything with them when you see the specialist? If not, maybe see if they can post you a price info booklet or something. They should explain it all to you as it can be quite confusing as there are rebates from Medicare (although possibly less for an egg donor cycle??) And once you hit the safety net you get more back etc. If you do need to find your own donor I think the counsellors can help you with advertising or how to approach a potential donor etc. All the best

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    Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, you have been through such a traumatic time it must be so hard for you both! I hope things work out for you soon and you get the advice and support that you need! If you have to find your own donor it may be worth checking out connection sites such as Pride Angel (I used them myself) but as veggiemama said the clinic may help you advertise too? Hope this helps, take care and best wishes xxx

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    Egg donation Australia forum is a good place to start. Lots of info there, and many many donor/ recipients find one another through avenues such as this.

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    Yes egg donation Australia is the best site to find lots of information.

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    I have since spoken to a friend who is going through Monash and they have just stated an egg bank where they are importing frozen eggs from the states!

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    Hello siansmum!
    I was so touched by your story, I really hope the best for you..
    Another option is to go to an overseas clinic, where there are anonymous donors. I chose that route and I had my treatment in Greece, and as a result I now have a beautiful baby girl!
    For me it just seemed easier to avoid the whole Australian donor mess, but everyone is different about this stuff.
    Anyways, if you need any help do not hesitate to send me a private message, I would love to help you out!
    Good luck and all the best!

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    Hi
    After many failed IVF attempts with a very reputable clinic in Sydney over 6 years I decided it was time to look into international egg donation as I had low overian reserve and was not getting many eggs to do ICSI.
    This was a very daunting decision but I really want a baby.
    After much research I decided on Greece and Embryoland with Dr Nikos Kanakas. This was the best decision I have ever made in this process. Dr Kanakas is an amazing caring and talented doctor. From my first enquiry which I did directly with the clinic to the transfer day I totally felt he only had my best interests at heart. He is amazing and I would definitely recommend him to anyone going over. They have a hotel right next door so you don’t have to worry about moving around.
    Greece is lovely and the people are great.. The food is awesome as well.

    I had two embryos transferred as this was the best thing for me personally. On the day of transfer we saw the two tiny embryos on the screen and watched as they moved and embedded into my lining. This was the most amazing moment and something that was not shown to me when we did a transfer in Australia. My husband and I were amazed…
    If anyone has any questions I am more than happy to try and answer them. Dr Nikos and the Embryoland team really make you feel important and looked after. I feel very blessed to have discovered Dr Nikos.
    Please Please do not be scared of going overseas. It feels daunting but I really wish I had done this sooner and not wasted so much money in Australia.
    We are now 9wks pregnant with Twins.

    Good Luck


 

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