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    Kay numbers are sounding great!!! Safe travels Jennski.
    We've just landed and made our way to our amazing airbnb cottage. Time for some r&r.

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    Tahli - our cut off was 26, last donor was 26 and produced 11 eggs. Our new donor is 22 and previously had 17 eggs - so fingers crossed!

    Kay - great results! We will also be doing PICSI so great or see you got such great results using it!

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    I was told around 50% fertilisation is normal...maybe I'm misinformed? It seems pretty right for the majority of cycles I've done and seen in here also though.

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    Just did a quick search...
    "Fertilisation rates of over 60% per egg collected should be expected"

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    There are so many variables I guess too... You just have to remember the 65% success rate..that's the one that really matters, if you get to transfer (and everyone does) you're in with a great chance x

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    Kay – 11 fertilised is great news!!! You’re off to a great start.


    Wazbub and Jennski – Safe travels and have a great time in CT.


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    Ferngirl and Jennski – Thanks so very much ladies for your help with getting my supplements to CT .... Truly appreciate it . Hope to see you soon.

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    Thank-you so much @Sunnygirl04 @Kay2015 @leyshoja @Miss Sagi @mardicharli @Cathy69 @pinkshootingstar for the benefit of your accumulative experience and for helping to kick start my DE journey!
    @Kay2015 How did you manage to put your donor on hold for 6 months, rather than 3? @Miss Sagi and @Cathy69 I've registered with Cape Cyro, ta. I'm just waiting for the log in details. I would have been surprised by the marijuana use too but at least they declared it I guess. The thing I think a lot of donors leave off their profiles is issues around mental health, either their own or family members. Great suggestion to email pics of myself & my son to the donor clinics too, ta!
    This weekend I've fairly thoroughly gone through 5 clinic's donor lists. I kept coming back to one donor in particular so I've emailed for more info. What info would you be asking about a proven donor? And does any-one have experience with Nurture? Ta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahli View Post
    Thank-you so much @Sunnygirl04 @Kay2015 @leyshoja @Miss Sagi @mardicharli @Cathy69 @pinkshootingstar for the benefit of your accumulative experience and for helping to kick start my DE journey!
    @Kay2015 How did you manage to put your donor on hold for 6 months, rather than 3? @Miss Sagi and @Cathy69 I've registered with Cape Cyro, ta. I'm just waiting for the log in details. I would have been surprised by the marijuana use too but at least they declared it I guess. The thing I think a lot of donors leave off their profiles is issues around mental health, either their own or family members. Great suggestion to email pics of myself & my son to the donor clinics too, ta!
    This weekend I've fairly thoroughly gone through 5 clinic's donor lists. I kept coming back to one donor in particular so I've emailed for more info. What info would you be asking about a proven donor? And does any-one have experience with Nurture? Ta!
    I'd be asking how exactly she was proven. If they have a child of their own they will pass them off as proven, but really you wouldn't know how many eggs to expect at an epu if they've never done one. Find out if they've ever cycled, how many eggs were retrieved and was there a pregnancy from it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahli View Post
    Hi @Cathy69 Firstly, super congrats on being 14 wks with twins!!
    I wonder what difference in success rates there is at CFC with fresh vs frozen transfer. I guess I need to call them to ask. I'd also like to know whether you can do gender selection for 'family balance' rather than for medical reasons. I'm totally up for the Embryoscope after seeing footage recently, absolutely amazing!
    I've registered with the 4 egg donor clinics that @Charlie74 passed on to me & spent all morning going through profiles. After a few hours I realised I needed to get more disciplined. Only proven donors with the same hair/eye color as my 3 y/o son.
    @Canuck Thanks for your welcome and wonderful advice! It looks like I'm looking at treading a very similiar path to you!! Did CFC have a list of sperm donors or did you have to use an outside agency? Are sperm donors in SA also anonymous?
    I'm currently on the 2WW with a 3dt using my OEs and DS. It took me a bit to get my head around being comfortable creating a bub with a man I don't know, as such. So I think I'd need to schedule a counseling session to chat through using both DE & DS.
    A quick fire survey...ladies, what was your egg donor cut off age?
    First - Kay great numbers . I am sure you will have at least two to transfer and a few frosties.

    Tahli, it does look like we are similar paths on different continents. As one of my friends said, 'You made a decision to have a child, how you get there is merely execution of the strategy' (we both work in banking, but his saying that made my decision to go to SA so much easier). In Canada/US, there are some great support groups for single mothers by choice. The website would be where I would start is: http://www.singlemothersbychoice.org.

    I used Cape Cryo for sperm and got sort of overwhelmed with choice. So I chose the first one that resonated with me (712 - am interested in connecting with half-sibs should everything work out). I went through the spreadsheet for colouring similar to me and university education. I only got through the first page of six and found someone I liked. I did the same thing with egg donors. My criteria for both were:
    - non-smoker
    - proven donor for egg, I suspect for sperm they only use good quality
    - kind essay
    - similar colouring
    - university educated (both were enrolled and were around 20-21 years old at time of donation.

    Dr. Wiswedel said that one egg donation will pay for two semesters of tuition.

    I used Cape Cryo for sperm and EDSA (CFC's egg agency) as I figured that CFC would facilitate things better with a sister company. There was also sufficient choice. Sperm and egg donation in South Africa is legally required to be anonymous, which is my one regret (actually my greater regret is not moving to donor eggs earlier, but as I keep telling myself - Trust the Process). When I was using my own eggs, I used an open ID donor.

    In my mind, I had a cut-off of 30, but I found an egg donor who looked like my niece and met all my criteria, and she was 21. I ended up with 20-24 follicles > 12 embryos > two transferred > one pregnancy > miscarriage > 10 embryos, which my doctor here says gives me at least three chances with FET. She had donated with good results twice prior to me choosing her.

    Funny story, I wasn't considering height, but I ended up with a tall (6'1) egg donor and short (5'6) sperm donor (but he looks like Brad Pitt - you'll get this after reading a few profiles). So it will be interesting to see how things work out.

    The pot thing didn't bother me, but I chose one who didn't smoke as it made it easier to weed things out (pun intended). I did become good friends with a 24 yo guy there. He was one of the fittest men I've met (he climbed Lion's Head in 50 minutes), yet he smoked socially.

    AFM after this long post, CFC/Cape Cryo got in touch with my sperm donor (he donated in 2012) and he is going in for Hep A antigen testing. SA requires antibody testing, Canada requires antigen testing. Once my doctor here gets those results, I can start the two-month process to get clearance from SA to ship the embryos. I will say one thing, CFC has been great about working with me and the clinic here on this.

    I would love to be there in August though, it would be great to connect with the August ladies.
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