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    Default another donor willing to help with any queries or anyone needing information

    After 17yrs of donating i have had to hang up the ovaries but am still passionate about the whole subject. Just like another member i too am happy to help others with info and direction on anything to do with donor conception.

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    Hello

    I have had my last 2 donor embies transferred and am waiting for BT result on Monday. I do have a question on trying to find another donor if I need to. I think I read somewhere about another website that you had referred people to. Can you send me the details please (not that I will need it cause it will be BFP) Hows that for being positive (hee hee)

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    I'm still pretty much a newbie here...............I'm after a sperm donor but have no idea how it all works/where to begin. I'm now 37 and I don't want to leave getting pregnant for too much longer (sorry if I've put this in the wrong spot).

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    Hi @Aura1980

    I tried to pm you but you have messages turned off.

    I started trying to conceive with a sperm donor at 37. Here’s a rundown (sorry it’s a bit long)...

    Basically there are three ways you can find a donor:

    (1) Through an IVF clinic - this is the most common option. Each clinic runs a slightly different program and might have Australian donors or import from the US or both. It costs a little more to go via a clinic but also has quite a few benefits (medical screening, legal protections, ease of sourcing donor etc). If you go via a clinic you can choose to do either IUI or IVF. Generally if you have no known fertility issues you would start with IUIs as they are cheaper, less meds, less invasive. All donors (incl the US ones) are ID-release which means the child can request the donor’s details from the clinic once they turn 16 or 18 (varies by state). In Victoria the state government keeps a central register.

    (2) Known donor - if you know someone who’d like to be your donor you can ask them to donate for you. They can donate via a clinic (so you both get the legal protections, medical screening etc) with a 6 month quarantine period until you can start. Or you could try artificial insemination at home. Always advisable to write up a legal agreement that covers off both your expectations (roles, custody, access/visitation etc) if doing it at home

    (3) Donor and coparenting websites - if you are interested in artificial insemination at home

    There are some important legal considerations around which type of donor you use.
    (1) Custody - unless you go through a clinic, the donor will have all the rights of a father. You can set up a legal agreement first, which is definitely advisable, but these aren’t enforceable. So there’s always a risk of ending up in a custody battle or coparenting situation that you may not have wanted
    (2) Centrelink - if you go via a clinic then you’ll have all the paperwork Centrelink need to excuse you from the requirement to chase the father for child support. If not, generally the donor isn’t recognised as a donor. Centrelink will likely insist you name the donor so they can chase them for child support. If you don’t name the donor, you may not get your full entitlements.

    Either way, I’d recommend you go and get checked out by a fertility specialist at anIVF clinic first. They will run some tests/fertility checks which means you can choose your path armed with all the info.

    When choosing a clinic:
    - ask if they offer a donor program and how it works
    - if you are single, do they treat single women?
    - is there a donor waitlist? This can vary from no waitlist to 18mths (particularly in WA). Some clinics have longer wait for IUI
    - do they offer Aussie or overseas donors or both?
    - how many donors currently available?
    - and make sure they are easy to get to! You can end up in there for early morning blood tests every 2 days during a cycle so somewhere close to home or work can make it a lot easier!

    Once you have chosen a clinic and specialist you’ll need a referral from a gp.

    It can all be a bit overwhelming at first but you’ll soon get the hang of it

    If you are single, pm me and I can share a great forum specifically for solo mums by choice - full of great info on choosing donors and getting started etc.

    Just shout if any Q’s!

    Good luck!

    R


 

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