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    Tittle - Did you get a response from your FS regarding the break through bleeding?

    MrsErinR - Thanks for the FET information. DP and I are now starting to talk about when we will head back for bub number 2...CFC have certain criteria before we can head back, but there is no harm in forward planning! Good luck tomorrow....cant wait to hear your results.

    Myheart - I would just like to back up what Amethyst posted....complications/issues can arise whether there are twins or a singleton. I also had sore feet and major swelling that was not related to pre-eclampsia, I also delivered early (36 weeks) due to bub being a big baby (donor was over 6 foot) and bub was transverse for the majority of my pregnancy. So my OB classed me as a high risk pregnancy even with a singleton. I originally transferred 2 blasts but obviously only 1 implanted....to be really honest about my emotions at the time...I was really disappointed that 2 didn't implant but was EXTREMELY grateful for the 1. I now take my hat off to anyone that has twins, as it is so hard to deal with 1 let alone 2, however, I am a firm believer that you deal with the hand you are dealt. When I go back for bub number 2, I will still transfer 2 embryos.

    Sunflower - CONGRATULATIONS...here's to 2 strong heartbeats tomorrow.

    Thembs - CONGRATULATIONS...may your pregnancy be smooth sailing and enjoyable for you.

    Amethyst - Forgive me, but I cant remember the date you where in Cape Town in July last year....my brains definitely went in early pregnancy! I was there from 13 - 29 July 2013....I meet up with DJShears and Anait at the same time.

    Emski - How are you feeling?

    Luca - August will be here before you know it.

    Mardi - You are about to embark on one of the most exciting times of your life.

    MGC Bertie, Laned, KLM.....Im so sorry to those that I have missed, but I still haven't caught up on the posts from when Jesse was in hospital.

    Just a couple of tips for those that are about to go to Cape Town or in the planning. I received these tips from previous donor graduates and very grateful for them:

    Tip 1 - Consider purchasing extra Gestone whilst in Cape Town.
    A) It is really very cheap there.
    B) When you get a positive result, you already have Gestone on hand to take until the recommended 11 weeks.
    C) If there is a failed cycle and plan to go back for another, Gestone is already on hand.

    Tip 2 - Consider DH/DP freezing sperm at CFC. If you have a failed cycle and plan to go back for another, but finances are an issue, you can save dollars if you needed to go back on your own.

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    Hi everyone

    I was on here a couple of years ago, and fell off, as was so stressed with everything, I just gave up.

    My DH and I are now planning on going the donor egg route in South Africa after 2 failed IVFs. Am 43 now and have an AMH below zero, so FS has said it's our only chance.

    Have looked at a few agencies etc. and still to decide on a donor.

    Sent an email to CFC 2 days ago, asking some questions about IVF medication etc, and they still haven't replied. However yesterday, Egg Donation SA sent me an introductory email saying they had been informed by CFC that we were looking at a donor cycle. Whilst I don't mind that they've contacted me, I'm still wondering why CFC are not replying.

    Did anyone here have that issue? Are they usually quite prompt with their communication?

    Many thanks

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    Hello, this is my first post on here. I am from CA in the US and DH & I have decided to use an egg donor in SA. We definitely want to use CFC and are considering Dr. Wiswedel or Le Roux. Would love to hear your opinions or experiences with these 2 doctors

    Right now we are also looking for a donor. We would like to do this ASAP and we want a donor who is a good physical match to me with good health history who is in their mid 20's with prior proven success. Can those of you who have been thru this provide your opinion on EDSA vs. Gift of Life vs Baby to Mom & the other SA agencies.

    I see many of you have had babies or are pregnant and some of you have done this a few times and I would love to learn from your experiences and what you have found or heard from your doctors or FS re donor and agency selection as far as success in picking a good donor

    I will be 44 next month and DH is 6 months younger than me. We have had 2 chemical pregnancies via IUI and one failed IVF with low egg quality due to age. We have been trying to get pregnant since Oct 2011

    Thanks so much!

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    Congratulations Thembs!

    Wishing we could head back to SA sooner but for now we have locked in a new donor for February 2015.... Nothing like wishing the year away

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    Blinky - I understand your frustration when things don't happen at the speed you would like, but your preparations will commence soon enough....the next couple of months will fly by...hang in there.

    CAmom - Welcome to this thread...it is a wealth of knowledge and support. Congratulations on making the decision to use a donor...you are about to embark on a very exciting time (a little scary too!). I used Dr Wiswedel and his IVF Coordinator, Cyndi Nel. I could not speak more highly of the both of them. I think the other girls on here can say the same for any of the other specialists and coordinators. We used EDSA which is linked to CFC, however, we would have used any agency that had 'our' perfect donor. CFC recommend a range of other donor agencies. I couldn't fault EDSA either....no question was too much for them....they assisted me in what ever way they could. Good luck with donor selection...it is a very personal decision. We decided not to have too many criteria's for our donor as it can be very limiting in your selection/decision. We went with a donor with blue eyes (both DP and I have blue eyes) and one that was a proven donor. If you have the time, could I suggest you read through this thread from the beginning....you will not regret it, as there are a lot of tips and suggestions and you will also get a real feel for CFC through this thread. I did this and 'cut and paste' some of the tips into another reference document for me to refer to at no matter what stage of the journey I was at....medications, procedures, flights, car hire, accommodation, tourist attractions etc etc.

    Ophelia - Welcome back....glad you made the decision to come back and get into it!!! I think most of us have experienced a delay in replies from CFC at one point or another. Just keep in mind that they are super busy....you will understand this more as soon as you walk into their clinic. I understand that they have recently had a number of public holidays and they are in catch up mode. I know its frustrating, but just know that they will get back to you, even if there is a delay.

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    Congratulations to Pixel - what a great story.
    And so excited to hear of more BFPs - it's so exciting to see the positive results we all dream of. More twins..... Yippee.
    Welcome to all the people just starting on the journey - may your dreams come true.
    Blinky - I'm am SO pleased to read your plans for Feb - May the time pass super quickly and you have the success you crave. I'll have everything crossed for you and your DH.


    Regarding donors - after our first BPN we switched donors, this time really focusing on her past results and medical history ahead of similarities in looks.
    Of the four donations our 28 yo old donor, three cycles were a success. That was a really important factor although obviously everyone can have a bad cycle, as we all know from past IVF experience.


    AFM - I've just passed the 14 week mark, so far so good. I'm just starting to feel "heavy"' and my belly is getting harder to hold in so I'll probably need to tell work in the next few weeks. Looking forward to my 20 week scan to find our the gender of our babies so we can be organised as possible before the chaos hits!


    To everyone on the thread - don't stop believing xxxx

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    Just my 2c worth regarding choosing donors. We had quite a number of false starts selecting donors. It was the most stressful part for us. I also went through numerous profiles and then narrowed it down. Then we chose our top 3 independently and we chose where we overlapped. I found it was good to ask the agencies which donors they think would be a good match. I sent my photo to them all and they were very helpful. (Just keep in mind that they are businesses though and they will always find someone they think is a good match!)

    Wrt proven donors, one of the ones we looked at had actually done 6 cycles of which one had resulted in a pregnancy but that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. That person was considered a proven donor as there had been a pregnancy. So, do your research. Contact the clinics direct and ask about the donors previous cycle. Don't rely on what the agency tells you. I learnt that the agencies don't always have the facts. Proven donors are not necessarily better than unproven.

    We then decided to go with a unproven donor who was young and in good health and similar in looks. It all seemed perfect until her AMH showed that she had really low ovarian reserve and we were recommended not to proceed. So, I would also recommend getting AMH tested. They don't do it as standard. You have to request it.

    In the end our super-donor came out of nowhere. She was a proven donor with a successful twin pregnancy from her one prev donation. She had 2 kids of her own and she was able to assist us at short notice when our previous choice fell through. She is our life saver and we're forever grateful.

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    Thank you for the warm welcome! Have started reading from the beginning of South African Egg Donation #1 thread so as to get all the previous information you lovely gals have posted (still have a lot of posts to go thru)

    How did you get info from the clinic on the donors you were considering? Who did you contact and did you just give them the agency name & profile info to find out the egg quality numbers etc?

    Thanks!

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    Good luck for your BT today MrsErin xx

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    Hi everyone

    Just joined the forum today so am very new and wanted to drop in and say hello! I've started to look into the brave new world of egg donation now after several very difficult years of IVF treatments. My eggs were OK when I started and I did have a healthy little baby boy a year ago but he tragically died on the day of his birth from an umbilical cord knot..... Now, given my age, but more so my now "not unlimited finances" due to all the previous IVF cycles (the IVF clinic has made a fortune out of me), the fertility specialists are telling me my best (and last) chance of a baby is with an egg donor. (I also have a 4 1/2 year old son). But I am completely overwhelmed about where to start - do I try and find a lovely donor in Australia...? or South Africa....? or Greece.....? Thailand.....? USA......? Spain....? Yeh - will have to put my head down and do some research......It feels like such a big decision and I don't want to rush into the first option and throw away any more money as it feels like I have with the IVF clinic only to end up with no baby and heartache. Anyway in meantime I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. Your stories give me so much hope and inspiration and keep me going! (Have just posted a hello in the Greek egg donor thread too, so you may see me pop up there as well until I figure out what direction I should take - just starting my journey. And got to figure out how to create my signature here too...) Thanks!
    Catherine


 

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