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    Congratulations @Blinky76 and @Devaki and welcome @outoftime. Finally got confirmation of dates and booked flights, etc. Just wanted to shout out and say thanks to everyone here for all your help. Seriously would not have come this far in my journey without all your wisdom and experience you have shared. I went back from the very first thread and read everything! was emotional to say the least, but very helpful!
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    Hi outoftime, welcome to this page. I am relatively new to the forum too and have found it nice to have other ladies to talk to about all these things, especially donor egg as its something i havent told many people as yet. Once i get my bfp i will be happy to tell but still trying to keep some privacy o guess and to avoid all the questions. We were scared about going down the DE road too but ince we made our initial contact with CFC and our donor agency (i used gift ov life) we became so excited!! Chosing our donor and using CFC was quite easy, although it can be stressful sometimes liasing with all the different parties involved. I used my gp initially to obtain my scripts and bloods/ultrasound requests etc once Cape fertility told me what was needed. For our second try we needed intralipids so i found a fertility doctor that does intralipids here in perth and i now see him regarding all my scripts etc. Though i am not a patient of the fertility clinic he works in, i see him at his own practice. The fertility clinic i was using when i was using my own eggs would not help me with DE because of our laws, they wouldnt even help with scripts. Not sure if anyone else had this problem? The process doesnt require and agency from australia. Its easy enough to navigate on your own like the other girls said. I didnt go with a proven donor. I picked a girl that looked very similar to me and had same interests and i was just drawn to her for some reason. So far i havent had a bfp so maybe next time i will ask the agency to match me with a proven donor but aparently my donor has resulted in 3 other pregnancies so bad luck for me! Goodluck with it all x

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    Congratulations Devaki and Blinky, that is wonderful news!


    Hi Outoftime, I suggest you (like many of us have done) start reading at Thread #1 and make copious 'copy/paste' notes. There is more than a wealth of info, everything you need to know, and it makes great reading. I got really hooked, sometimes reading along for hours. I feel like I know everyone too and the struggles we have all gone through.


    ECM, we are experiencing the 'Pregnancy wave' here as well. I know what you mean, how you feel and that forced smile that you have to plant on your dial; is it meant to make us stronger? It doesn't make us feel better.

    It looks like, if all our ducks line up, we will be back in CT mid-November. Ultra rushed visit though ... in and out in 4 days flat! New donor, 19yr old with previous pregs, so fingers crossed..... Surely, this time is our time.


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    hi @Cathy69
    Thank you so much for your welcome and congratulations. Just reading your post has calmed me a little already. I am pretty sure I have had all tests possible and have even had tests on killer cells done twice - two different specialists had two different theories on how they can be tested. But all seem to agree I don't have to worry about that. I have been on clexane after each transfer anyway for blood clotting issues so was advised this helped deal with killer cells also if they existed. Who honestly knows if any of them know what they are talking about.

    Now it is just time to work out how to get started on the South Africa option and just get going. DH was on board with this before I was so no reason not to get on with it. It is all about how to stretch the money now. If I can do this without having to fork out more money for a 3rd party we would be better off.

    thanks again.

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    @Outoftime Maybe the girls could give you their tips on how to save money. I know SAA have flights from around $1400 return soon. A B'n'B is only about $80 p/n. I'm sure there's cheaper accom options. Girls, any other tips?
    My starting point was registering with the egg donor agencies. Once I found a donor who jumped out at me I knew I could progress with the rest of the DE journey. I used baby2mom. It really is straight forward & I'm sure you'll get lots of help here.
    @Jennski That's wonderful news. I have everything crossed! 19 y/o, wow, surely they've got to be some amazing eggs!!
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    Thanks @EmC1981 & @Tahli. I am very relieved to have stumbled across this forum. Now for all the reading and hope I don't overload on information. Just the thought of how to pick a donor is overwhelming me at the moment so I will start by contacting CFC and start there.

    DH and I haven't told a sole about this so I fear I will be pouring my heart out here now that I have started.

    Sorry to hear things haven't happened for you yet EMC1981. With all the good vibes flowing through this site I am sure it will happen for us all at some point. Good luck to you. x
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    There are lots of stories on here which give me hope, like devaki and blinky and juliemalooley and cathy, all successes so its encouraging. @Outoftime you aound like you have had your fair share too, i hope it goes your way soon. Good luck getting the ball rolling. Here a funny story, i just had to go and get a pap smear and the lovely receptionist opened the door whilst my legs were spread and the speculum in. God. And she just hung around like it was no big deal. The waiting room was right outside and it was a gp not a fertility specialist. I have had every tom di#k and harry see my lady parts but they are medically trained, i dont really want the old man down the road being given a free show. Mortified! Just add it to the collection.....

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    Outoftime, just look through all the agencies and one or two ladies will jump out at you. I felt an immediate 'pull' to both the donors we chose. My DH left the shortlist up to me and then we chose the one that was closest to our 'must-haves' list - the height, hair colour, eye colour etc. We wanted someone that had/has studied since leaving school as well. Don't worry about which agency or who looks after you, or which Dr at CFC etc - that's the small stuff - at the end of the day it's the donor that's important, the one that 'resonates' with you, so to speak. Don't get too bogged down in the process either, you will drive yourself batty! You will know when you find her. Trust us, you will feel it. Then just contact the Agency and they will lead you through (with our help too! ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECM1981 View Post
    There are lots of stories on here which give me hope, like devaki and blinky and juliemalooley and cathy, all successes so its encouraging. @Outoftime you aound like you have had your fair share too, i hope it goes your way soon. Good luck getting the ball rolling. Here a funny story, i just had to go and get a pap smear and the lovely receptionist opened the door whilst my legs were spread and the speculum in. God. And she just hung around like it was no big deal. The waiting room was right outside and it was a gp not a fertility specialist. I have had every tom di#k and harry see my lady parts but they are medically trained, i dont really want the old man down the road being given a free show. Mortified! Just add it to the collection.....
    OMG ECM, jootsy out, people about! Yay!!!! NOT!!!!

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    Thanks @Jennski I really thought I was needing to do it all the opposite way. I thought the tests etc would need to be sorted first before even thinking about a donor.

    Does anyone worry that the donor agency will not be reputable and that you don't know if you are going to get the DE you choose? The agency I spoke to here in Sydney said we had to be very careful as there are many donor agents who are not doing the right thing. Was this just scare tactics to get us to go with them do you think?

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