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    Just wanted to jump in and give my 2c worth on proven donors. We wanted to go with one, like everyone does, and attempted to at one stage. The agency advised that she had great eggs, had done 3 cycles, always got 5 day blasts and that resulted in one pregnancy. I checked with CFC and they advised that she'd actually done 6, there was one pregnancy and that was miscarried, and there was one frostie. When I challenged the agency on this they said they only know what the donor tells them.

    So, if you really feel a connection with someone and they're not proven then don't feel you have to rule them out. They could be fantastic. I would just say, do your due diligence, get their AMH tested, ask the agency and CFC about their history. CFC will tell you to not go ahead if they had any doubts. They did for us when another donor we selected had a low AMH.

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    Thanks Mrs. Good advice. I never would have thought to contact clinic regarding the egg donors history. Also my husband had checked out a clinic in the USA that a friend of a friend had used and they told him they do PGD testing. He seems keen that we have this in SA. we are going with CFC and it looks like it is available but probably at exra cost? I'm not sure but will email them tomorrow. Is this something that is common for you all to do? I had never heard of it but have been googling!

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    Just landed in Singapore. Now a 4.5 hr wait for onward flight. Thank goodness for frequent flyer points and lounge access! Don't sleep too well on planes but I think I'll manage it on the next one.

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    I think Emski gave some good advice about smoking. What I know now, I wouldn't have been as picky about that. The 20-somethings I met there smoked maybe 2 or 3 at a party.
    The advice I got from Dr. Wiswedel and my doctor here was that with 20 year-old eggs, you don't need PGS. Dr. Wiswedel was not too enthusiastic about PGS, but I was using donor sperm too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnygirl04 View Post
    Just landed in Singapore. Now a 4.5 hr wait for onward flight. Thank goodness for frequent flyer points and lounge access! Don't sleep too well on planes but I think I'll manage it on the next one.
    Yeah that second sector is the killer... I don't think the wait is as long in Singapore from Melb thankfully but will still be hitting that lounge hard!

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    Girls, do not rule out unproven donors and smokers if they look like who you would like to donate to you. We went ahead with unproven 25 yo smoker and got twin girls from the first cycle in Cape Town. Twins are happy and healthy 7 month old now))

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    Hi ladies...I joke you don't mind my crashing your group. I have been reading the posts on here for about a year and after a couple of failed IVF cycles and a total of 5 years trying we were inspired (by this and a UK forum) to go the DE route. All you lovely ladies have been so generous with all the info you share and the support you give each other!

    We are also lucky to now have a FS in Sydney that opened our eyes to the possibilities of ED, for which we are so grateful. We have just chosen our donor in CT and she has said yes and is due for her tests on Sept 1. There were a couple of hiccups along the way with our first donor choice getting snapped up by someone else and our next donor telling us she can't take time off work after she had agreed to be our donor and we had paid the agency and Clinic! We are going with CFC and Dr H. I have to say I am a total newbie to the fertility shorthand and how everyone refers to everything in initials but will do my best to learn!

    I have a question and sorry if I sound like a complete novice....as I read your posts there is all this mention of immunity issues and killer cells - how do you find out if this is an issue for you? Would it be detected in the tests results you send to CFC to start the process? Is this something you test for outside the normal process? As are all of you no doubt, we just want optimise our chances for success the first go so want to be as informed as possible in these coming months. Thanks for any info or words of experience you can share :-)

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    Hi @Sylvian and welcome. Nobody ever offered me these tests in Australia and none of the doctors I've dealt with have believed in them. Dr W at CFC requested some clotting tests for me so while doing that my FS also wrote up a request for ANA testing too. When this came back elevated they then automatically tested for dsDNA and eDNA. Not sure what they are for. Maybe just ask your FS to get you anti nuclear antibodies (ANA) tested.

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    To be fair, I think a lot of donors chop and change agencies too, I've seen some listed with 4 different agencies...I guess the agencies can only go on what the donors tell them to a certain extent too. Cfc would definitely know.

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    Wouldn't it be nice to know who had used which donors... I wonder how many half siblings there are to women on these forums and they'd never know... The one I'm considering for next time is Annelysia with nurture primarily because of her age and the fact she's a dead ringer for my partners sister but not a proven donor

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