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    Hello,

    Im 41 and a mother of 2 .

    In 2004 I underwent a hysterectomy but kept 1 ovary.

    I am wondering if I still produce eggs or have the ability to produce eggs and if so am i too old to donate?

    Thank you for your time reading this and I hope someone can shed some light on this for me

    Thank you

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    I'm at the early stages of egg donation and wanted some advise on which specialist is best to use on the Sunshine Coast?

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    We have a friend offer to donate her egg, but she hasn't had children of her own; I think it will lead to more issues; anyone had experience here?

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    Hi! As for the egg retrieval. Aspeculum is placed by doc to clean the vaginal area with warmsaline. Then a vaginal ultrasound probe is used to identify theovaries. An aspiration needle attached to the probe is used topenetrate the vaginal wall and enter the ovaries to remove the eggand follicular fluid from each of the follicles. Doc firstaspirates one ovary, then moves on to the next. The length of thisprocess depends on how many follicles are in each ovary. This processtypically takes 5-10 minutes. Once all the follicles have beenaspirated, the vaginal area is cleaned, the speculum is removed andthe procedure is complete.
    Fromthe OR you will go to the recovery area. You will wake up from theanesthesia within 5-10 minutes after the surgery. Some patients feelnauseated and this is normal. If you experience nausea, you should tellyour recovery nurse immediately so they can give you some medication inyour IV to alleviate the nausea. Abdominal cramping is normal and tobe expected. As soon as you are awake and can eat a small snack youwill be offered some pain medication. Your husband/partner will beable to come back to join you in recovery once you are awake andready for a visitor. You will spend about an hour in recovery. In this way clinic wants to make sure your pain is minimal and you have had plenty offluids by the time you are discharged. You will need to arrange fortransportation after your retrieval as you are not allowed to driveyourself home. You need to go straight home/hotel to finishrecovering. It will take several hours for the anesthesia tocompletely wear off. You will be tired and should be resting for theremainder of the day. More likely you will receive a prescription for Tylenol #3with codeine for pain. Be sure to eat a small meal or snack beforetaking pain medication. Narcotics can make you very nauseous if takenon an empty stomach. Expect abdominal cramping and bloating for up toa week after your retrieval. The severity of symptoms can varygreatly between patients. It may take a couple weeks for your ovariesto return to normal size. If bloating and discomfort increases overthe 7-10 days after your retrieval, you should let your nurse coordinatorknow. Youare able to resume normal activity the day after your procedure astolerated. Abstain from intercourse until after your pregnancytest if you have a transfer, or 1 week following retrieval if youdon’t have a transfer. Avoid high-impact activities untilyour ovaries have returned to normal size. DO NOT USEANTIHISTAMINES, IBUPROFEN/ADVIL, ALEVE, ASPIRIN OR OTHERNON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS. These will blockprostaglandin production which is involved in the implantationprocess. Tylenol is safe and may be taken for pain relief if needed. Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokar View Post
    I have a couple of questions ...

    Would you need to go into a Fertility clinic and go through all the paperwork/testing first before finding a family to donate to?

    Are you able to not be anonymous?

    Is it wrong to request that contact be kept between the family and donor? (Eg. Photo's once a year- like birthdays... as I would like to be able to see the child I helped to create.)

    Are you able to choose the family/person I want to donate to? (As in, if you saw an ad that appealed to me- could you donate to them?)

    TIA for any answers.
    Hi! In our clinic the requirements for the donors are the following. Age from 18 to 25 yo. Perfect physical health. Prefect mental health. Absence of genetic diseases in the donor and her family (siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents). At least one child of her own which means proven fertility. All in all, the process is quite time consuming..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renatee View Post
    Hi! In our clinic the requirements for the donors are the following. Age from 18 to 25 yo. Perfect physical health. Prefect mental health. Absence of genetic diseases in the donor and her family (siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents). At least one child of her own which means proven fertility. All in all, the process is quite time consuming..
    Most clinics in Australia don’t have such stringent requirements.

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    Yes, I'm judging from the clinic's approach we've been with. Ourdoc explained also these facts. ~ Everywoman from the moment she was born has 6-7 million egg cells. Whenshe gets to reproductive age, about 10-12 egg cells getmature every month.But to become a donor awoman needsto donate more than 12 egg cell. Thisis why doctors usehormonalmedications. Theyneed about 30-40 egg cells which is not a big number comparingto 6-7 million exciting. It'senough for donationand her own children. Thisis the list of drugs causing super ovulation: Humegon,Repronex, Metrodin, Fertinex, Diphereline, Gonadotropin, Lupron. Thedonor's prescription depends on individual characteristics.All these drugs are hormones and theirpurpose is to temporarily increase the body's levels of estrogen, sothe ovaries will develop more egg cells. Side effects arequite usual to face though. Among those: swelling, mood swings,depression, weight gain etc. Donors are brave women to put themselvesthrough all this. We cannot be thankful enough.

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    The clinic usually screens its donors extremelly accurately. Besides all the needed tests their family fertility histories are studies as well. No genetic issues in a donor and her family. Proven fertility meaning at least 1 child of her own. A donor must be healthy, of an appropriate age.
    Our clinic has matched a perfect donor for us - young and attractive. We saw her pics but never met.


 

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