I'm very new at this forum and tried to reply to one of the many South African egg donation threads - but so hard to work out how to add material and also don't want my questions to be lost amongst the many many posts - so I'm taking a gamble and starting another one off...hope ok!!!
I am 45, single and currently on my 3rd AID cycle through CFC in Canberra. Used the xytex site to choose the sperm - that has all been terrific.
I have already considered donor eggs - and have given myself four tries using my own eggs before cutting to donor eggs as plan b.
I might have this as my last cycle (turkey baster operation conducted today) - i'll see. Amazing how devastating it is to get the negative - despite all my pragmatic rationalism about it all.
My sister (age 37) is possibly considering being the egg donor - we are still working through that - though I was a little disheartened to find out today that CFC cant do that as I'm single - I have to head to Sydney for that- chasing up info on that at the moment.
My Dr has suggested SA from word go - and I'm keen - booked in to work through that as an option with her in a month or so.
I was told however that when picking your donor - it is not possible to see photos - this is news to me - and I'm very curious to know if it is true?
I would find that very challenging picking a donor that I haven't seen a physical description of - love to hear from other people's experiences - is this true???
I also guessing that the Cape Fertility clinic does the embryo transfer right there and then - ie no freezing embryos to then do transfer later. My understanding is that this increases the success rate - is this true?
Looking forward to hearing about other people's experiences - and any clues on what details you get of the donor.
I found the photo service offered by Xytex indispensable - I would feel very worried not having seen photos first.
Thanks to all!!!!!!