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    Default Egg Donation in South Africa #12

    Thanks for the congratulations everyone - it is quite hard to get my head around that we are at the destination, not still trying to achieve something but a friend who visited yesterday just sent me a photo of both M&J squashed down my top for 'skin on skin' time and there really aren't words to describe it.

    More than happy to post a photo but I keep getting a fail msg - suggestions ?

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    Cathy, congratulations! That's terrific news. Hopefully I'm not far behind you

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    Congratulations Cathy! Great news. Enjoy your new babies, hope all is well xx

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    Many congrats, @Cathy69! Fantastic news. Hope all is going well. X

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    Hello to all you lovely ladies out there and a massive congratulations on the safe arrival of your twins @Cathy69.

    Below is a cut and paste excerpt of some info I posted on another thread for a lady who is considering SA donor eggs as an option... so for most of you veterans out their this post won't be of much relevance but for others starting out on the journey it might be helpful.

    ...we initiated the process ourselves and did not go through our clinic in Cairns or Wazza. Once you start the ball rolling I have found the process of planning a SA donor cycle to be pretty straightforward. We started by selecting a donor by looking through the donor profiles at the different egg donor agencies in Cape Town (where Cape Fertility Clinic is located)... the agencies I looked at included: AbabySA, Sunshine Egg Donors, Nurture, Baby 2 Mom, Gift ov Life and Egg Donor SA (I’m not sure but there might be one or two others). All of these agencies have databases of donor profiles that you can browse through that include childhood photos, personality and medical info. I contacted a few of the agencies and they all were very responsive but I ended up going with Nurture because they had a donor I clicked with. From what I have read of others experiences all the agencies seem pretty good – their role is essentially limited to facilitating the contact between yourself and the donor.

    As to what to look for in a donor... I remember a couple of years ago when I was researching the donor option, someone said you will know when you find the right donor and that was true for me – she jumped out at me from the screen and I couldn’t go past her. It was like looking at my own childhood photos and she seems to have a lovely personality that shone through in her written profile. But what to look for in a donor is different for different people, for example a good physical likeness was important to me but for others this is not so much of a factor. Age was also important - I excluded anyone over 30, and most people tend to go with proven donors (I haven’t and I may regret it). If the donor you choose has donated through Cape Fertility Clinic before they will give you the details of how the donor has responded in the past and whether there have been any pregnancies as a result of their donation.

    Once I had a donor in mind I emailed Cape Fertility Clinic to enquire about the ED process. They responded the same day with information about their ED program, pricing and a medical questionnaire for me and DH to complete. There are several doctors at CFC and there seems to be good feedback on all of them... mine is Dr Matebese and she has been fantastic so far and very responsive to all of my queries - she will respond to your emails directly which is a very different experience from what I’ve had in Australia where there are always IVF nurses to mediate all communication. There is also an IVF coordinator that works with your FS that you liaise with regarding the logistics.

    Once you have selected the donor, the agency will confirm the donor’s availability and if that’s all good then you pay donor agency their fee... but before I paid the donor agency fee I clarified what their refund policy was if the donor didn't pass screening and the agency agreed to a full refund... this is good to clarify up front before signing the contract as most of the agencies seem a little bit reluctant to refund your money and will instead try and find you another on their database but this can be a bit limiting - especially if their database is not very extensive.

    Once you have paid the donor agency fee Cape Fertility Clinic takes over and does all the testing and liaises directly with the donor from that point. It is also at this point that you pay your deposit to CFC (40000 rand) which they require before they screen your donor... screening involves a number of routine blood tests, an ultrasound and also some psychological tests and based on those results they will either give you the green light or not on your donor. You can also request additional tests for an additional cost. I asked for the donor’s AMH to be tested as well which cost around $70-$80AUD (or 740 rand).

    Once your donor is locked in you will receive your treatment plan and then you can book flights/accomm etc. Woo hoo. You need to stay in Cape Town for at least 12 days.

    Medications: If you are a patient of Wazza’s you can probably arrange your prescriptions through him, but I just went through my local GP... the medications you will need before you go to SA are Progynova to build up your lining and some form of down regulation to allow your cycle to be synchronised with the donor and to stop you from ovulating... you can get the PIO (progesterone in oil) in South Africa as it is much cheaper there and you won’t need it until a few days before the transfer.

    Medical tests: Re your medical history all of your test results need to be no more than 12 months old. Again, I just went to my GP to request any blood tests needed and an ultrasound referral.

    Acccommodation: There is a massive range of accommodation available. Lots of ladies stay at the Vineyard which looks gorgeous but it seems to book up quickly and it was a bit pricey for us. I’ve found a great one bed 4 star apartment (where we can self cater if we want to) near the Waterfront which is apparently close to everything and a good online deal for a 13 night stay for just under $1400 (Afribode apartments).

    An approx breakdown of SA costs which varies depending on the exchange rate:

    Donor agency fee $1600 (15000 rand)
    Cape Fertility $6700 (60655 rand)
    Bank fees for transferring the funds ($70) (ie $35 per transfer)
    AMH test $70 (740 rand)
    Embryoscope $360 (4000 rand)
    Intralipids $220 (2500 rand)
    Embryo freezing $375 (4200 rand)
    Medications $150-$200? (not really sure what the total will end up being for this)
    Return flights for 2 ppl $4000
    13 nights accomm $1400
    Car hire ? (not booked yet but prices seem very reasonable)
    Activities & Spending ?

    So the total ballbark figure not including tours/activities, food, and spending money is $15300.
    Last edited by Felicity Fox; 10-01-2016 at 21:57.

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    @Canuck1 I'm thrilled that you will soon be transferring at home. Fingers will be crossed for you. Not long now for sure. Congratulations
    @Cathy69 yay yay yay the twins are here. Hoping everyone is doing well.

    I can't believe it's only a month before I start meds again.

    I'm also having problems using this on the iPad- I can't get the like button? Too hard to worry about right now.

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    Thank you for all the kind wishes. @Cathy69 - Congratulations on the twins!
    A few days ago someone was asking about B&Bs. My apologies for not PM but the drugs for this cycle are hitting me hard. I really enjoyed my stay at Lavender House in Claremont. Also @Tahli stayed at a similar B&B called Hedge House. I found the women who run both of them to be very supportive and helpful. They were also reasonably priced. @KMP March is coming soon - best wishes.

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    I have a rather technical question for all of you lovely ladies who had the good fortune to take progesterone in oil (POI) shots ...

    I've now been finished with them for 2 weeks exactly and yet my left side continues to be extremely painful. To be honest, this is the side that sustained 3x the shots because it didn't seem to hurt on a daily basis at the time, whereas the right side was terribly painful with each additional shot. How long should it be taking to fully heal? Is this normal? I can't sit on my left side, and regularly have sharp pains shooting through on that side.

    Any insights, based in your own experiences would be very much appreciated.

    Xoxo

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    Congratulations cathy! So exciting that you are finally at the destination. Enjoy the next crazy chapter!

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