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    Default What's involved in egg donation?

    How does one go about donating eggs?

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    Join the Egg Donation Australia forum, lots of great info.

    In a nutshell though, you decide if you want to do a known or anon donation. If known, you will need to find recipients- people place their "ad" on forums like bub hub or the one mentioned above. If you click with someone and are happy to ahead you will need to do a few counselling sessions and an appointment with their fertility specialist and nurses at the clinic . You then time your menstrual cycles using the pill or other hormonal contraception. At the right time during the cycle you will inject hormones ( usually 2 injections, they don't hurt) these hormones stimulate egg production but stop ovulation. Once everything is at the right size, usually about 2wks later, you will go under a light anesthetic and the eggs will be harvested vaginally.

    Hope that helps.

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    There is also Aussie Egg Donors another place full of info on donation and suport.

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    I think the main thing you have to think about is that there is no true anon donation any more. So whether you donated straight to a clinic (not so much of this happens now as long waiting lists of potential recipients and too few donors), or whether you donate to someone you know or you meet through advertising, you have to be named and the offspring will be notified of your details once they turn 18. (If they haven't already been told by their parents).

    I've also been considering it as I have a close friend who needs donor eggs and that's the one thing I keep thinking about- how would I react to meeting them and having discussions about donating eggs when they are older? My gut feeling is, if the child has had a positive childhood and knew about their origins from an early age then it wouldn't be a big deal.

    I've watched a few 'insight' episodes on the subject though, and the process wasn't so transparent historically. There are a lot of donor conceived offspring out there who have no way of finding genetic parent(s), and are pretty unhappy about it.

    The process takes quite a while to get going. There can be quarantine periods, counselling, blood tests etc. Once you are cleared to go for the first cycle though it's pretty easy to do another cycle if needed.

    There is mixed info regarding taking the hormones needed to cycle and breastfeeding, so that may be a consideration. Also think about how your children would feel knowing they have a genetic half sibling out there? Is your partner on board with it?

    I can help if you have any specific questions if you want to pm me at any stage, I work in the field. I'd also love to hear from anyone who's done it as I'm also considering it, but I'm not 100% and don't want to offer until I am! Hope this is of some help
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    I'm technically currently donating my eggs but it's to my partner.


 

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