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    Default Advice from other who have been through egg donation

    Hi all

    I have dcided to donate my eggs in a year or so. I'm not rushing into it but DH is totally supportive and I'm wanting to find out what I should be doing to get myself ready.

    Also I want to know the person we donate to. I'm not interested in being a part of their family or anything. More just how the procedure went and if a baby/babies result. Is this unreasonable?

    Maybe some of you amazing ladies who have done this could fill me in on your experiences....

    Btw I'm 24 (almost 25) have three kids of my own and finished my family.

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    Hello Barbie,

    Good on you for thinking of donating. It is totally normal that you would be curious about whether any baby/ies, if so what are the name/s, and date/s of birth. There are no doubt plenty of recips happy to give that info.

    The clinic does that liaison, but do your homework before choosing the clinic you go through. They vary in price, and philosophy.

    When it comes to price, the recipient picks up most of the tab as you may know, but there still can be hidden costs for you, e.g one clinic I know charges $150.00 to each party for letting one know that the other wants to meet!
    A bit of a "money gouge" as far as I am concerned! I'd love to have a job that I get $300.00 just for a couple of emails!!

    All the best, hopeful mum
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    Hey stretchmarkbarbie

    Well there's nothing you need to do to 'prepare' as such. You can respond to an ad here on bubhub, or the other donor forums that are out there and it's really between you and the recipient what type of contact you have and it's discussed before and during the counselling sessions, up to both parties to remain in contact etc. It's great your DH is on board aswell as they do ask for your partner's consent and involve them with the counselling. Once you both meet the ball starts rolling with counselling appts, then clinic appts to find out about the drugs, and when you need to administer them etc. It's really only full on for 2 weeks till they do the egg pick up (it was very straight forward in my case) and then it's just a matter of keeping everything crossed for the recipient to get their BFP

    If you've read the thread in here of my journey with Mel it was a fabulous experience to be a part of and in a week she'll be welcoming her new baby! Can't describe how amazing that is to play a little part in that

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    Hi Stretchmarkbarbie

    The fact that you are even considering being an egg donor is amazing. I am considering using a donor in the future - if all else fails. I'm 28 and for some reason have bad egg quality. It's very frustrating. I have had a couple of offers so I now that if I need a donor there will be someone there willing to help.

    As a possible 'recipient' I too would prefer a donor that I know. I would tell my child from very early on that mum and dad needed some help to make a baby - and I would tell them who the special person was that helped. I have heard from a counselor/psychologist that this is the best thing to do. The counselor even suggested making a book for the baby with a picture of the donor etc.

    I think you will know once you find your recipient if it feels right or not. It is so great that there are people like you out there!

    Rittzy

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    Hi i have just completed my first donor cycle today and got 25 eggs...
    I replied to an ad here on BUB HUB and met with my lovely IP'S Lyn & Greg, we met in person a few times, had chats on the phone and after some clinic appointments and some "drugs" my egg's were retrieved this morning... we plan to have some contact & this is something that is discussed at the councelling sessions... feel free to p/m me if ya want more info..

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    Barbie,

    All I can really say is, that it's an amazing journey & one of the best experiences i've ever had.. it's so rewarding in more ways than one! The Connection/Bond you can form with your IP's is worth Donating a million times over I would highly recommend it anyone that's willing too Donate! I contacted my local Fertility Specialist & asked about their "Egg Donation Program" The Procedure, How it Works etc.. They can send you out an info pack when your ready Take Care & All the Best xx Linny


 

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