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    Hi Myheart,
    Just a quick question about the world egg bank. Is that done through most clinics or just a specific one. Are the costs high? Do you get to choose the donor based on looks or characteristics?
    Oops, sorry the was more than one question 😉

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    hi everyone I'm looking at going down the ed road. Can I ask a few questions. Why has everyone gone to Cape Town instead of Johannesburg . And did everyone go through the clinic themselves or do you go through an agency.
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    Hi ladies,

    KLM - The world egg bank (TWEB) works with Monash IVF only, at this stage. I believe they have clinics all across Australia. I am going through Monash in Melbourne. The costs are high if you are looking at comparing one cycle.

    TWEB is in USA - they send 7 frozen eggs from your chosen donor to Australia. When you are ready your FS will thaw a few eggs at a time. If you are lucky you may get a few blasts from the 7 eggs or you may get none. The cost for 7 eggs is $23,000. There is no travel invloved and you use your own FS and clinic. The remaining eggs are stored in Australia and any further transfers cost $1,400 to transfer and you get some back from medicare.

    Once you register, you can see a list of the donors. Each with approx. 4-6 photos. These photos are of what they look like now - some photos may be of what they looked like as kids. The donor's information contains her birthdate, height, weight, if she has kids, if she has donated before, some medical history and information on her personality. You chose your donor based on what you like.

    Hope this helps..

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    myheart - I was looking into TWEB but after weighing up the costs and risks I decided to go overseas. Although I would have liked to have done the de cycle here, it's just not financially a possibility for us.

    Mrserinr -
    good luck with your FET.

    flyer - I chose Cape Town over Johannesburg because of the clinic. I've heard so many good things about the drs and staff. Also in my opinion Cape Town seems a little safer. I went through Sunshine Egg Donors who work with CFC. I think you can go directly through the clinic and use their donor database but I think the choices are limited.

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    I initiated contact with CFC in the first instance but they then refer you off to 4 different agencies to choose your donor. Once you have chosen the agency and the donor you then let CFC know. We went with Sunshine Egg Donors (Rikki) and they were absolutely fantastic. Rikki held my hand the whole way through and I was very nervous at first about going down the ED route and particularly handing over money to a foreign agency. However my fears were unfounded and quickly allayed after dealing with Rikki. She gave us regular updated about our donor and the whole process. I have nothing but praise for Sunshine Egg Donors and CFC (Dr Heylen). My only regret is that I didn't do this earlier! But Dr Heylen explained to me that it was a process I had to go through in order to be at peace with using donor eggs. My Cape Town journey resulted in my little boy being born mid December 2013 and we love him to the moon and back and a bit more. Good luck to all you lovely ladies this year, may all of your baby dreams come true.

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    Hi Flyer, welcome
    Choosing Cape Town over JoBurg for us was a safety concern. I have many friends/acquaintances who have either lived in or visited JoBurg and they all said the same thing : if you have to stay for more than a couple of days (or in transit to Kruger) don't go to JoBurg. Most recounted similar incidents of crime and violence they experienced. I figured while for a normal travel trip (we are experienced travellers) I could probably handle the drama/stress, I didn't want something 'extra' to deal with for a DE cycle.
    You can pay travel costs for the donor if you find the 'right one' living outside of capetown but we were fortunate enough to find one local.
    We did similar to JoJo we contacted the clinic/doctor after reading all the great reviews and getting recommendations here on bub hub. I was also reassured by the fact that Dr W was the first to successfully perform a DE Tx so I figured they had the experience and the know how right there.
    Good luck with your planning wherever you end up doing it

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    Myheart, thank you so much for all of that info. Wow, yes it is expensive, but worth it if you can manage it. I really hope it all works out for you and all you other ladies going to South Africa of course.

    I have put an ad on BubHub for a potential donor and also on egg donor angels website. So I'm crossing my fingers.
    My other worry is menopause - I'm 45 and I got my last period in Early Dec. hope I'm not past it.


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    Hello Ann - thanks for popping in - your story is inspirational as are all the donor stories I read on this thread.

    Hello to all the newcomers

    It's donor testing day for us today ... I'm getting excited now!

    Seeing a hematologist on Monday as I have a few issues like Factor V (not a major one) but also consistently low platelet counts so I hoping it's nothing sinister... I also have to get my Vit D levels up, it's been low for over a year and I'm currently on 2000 iui to boost it but it's not risen much over a month hopefully he might be able to give some advice on that too - could be associated with coeliac disease I guess?

    Blinky how are you going? We have a lot of us going in March don't we - maybe we could organise a lunch? Or would that be weird lol!

    Em x

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    Wonderful story Ann. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.
    Emski, how exciting. I'm excited for you.


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    klm0511 - I went through menopause at 27 and my FS has assured me that it won't affect my chances of pregnancy with a donor egg.

    Actually, does anyone know if hypothyroidism can cause any effects?

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