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    Hi, everybody! I’m here cause I need your advice. I was born in Ukraine, but I married an Australian guy two years and now we live here, in Austaralia. I reckon we’re a happy couple because we love each other greatly. However, we have a big problem with conceiving a baby. Nearly four years ago, both of my ovaries were extracted because of large cysts on them. I still have a womb, and I can conceive, but only with the help of a donor egg. I googled some information about egg donation in Australia and I see that it’s quite difficult to donate an egg here. I still have a family and some friends who live in Ukraine. They advised us to go to Ukraine and try our luck there. Actually, we visited several Ukrainian clinics in Kiev. I want to give you some feedbacks about them cause I need your help to decide what to do further. The first clinic was Biotexcom. This clinic seems to be rather popular among infertile couples in Europe. I’ve read loads of favorable feedbacks about it on various forums. However, when I came to Kiev and visited this clinic I was a little bit shocked by the things I saw there. Firstly, it’s difficult to call Bitexcom a clinic because it doesn’t look presentable. The clinic is situated in a small private mansion. Can a respectable medical establishment be located in private house??? Of course, not!!!! As the building where the clinic is situated is tiny, its halls are always overcrowded. Every time I visited the clinic, it was always overcrowded: a large queue near the reception desk, large queues near the doctor’s offices and treatment rooms!!! If this clinic has so many patients, why don’t they open other agencies??? The clinic isn’t a selective one. They deal with everybody. When we were sitting and waiting our queue to consult a GP in the clinic, we saw people of various nationalities. Some of them were behaving rather weird. We became witnesses of small conflict, when a dark-skinned man told one guy that he was gazing at his wife!!!! I thought that they were going to fight!!!! The atmosphere in the clinic is very noisy. I saw loads of couples with small children. Some of them are crying, and it causes an additional discomfort. Some words about the doctors… When I met the doctor in charge of our program, I noticed that she was extremely tired. She seemed to be a good specialist, but she spoke with us very formally. When I tried to get some additional details, she looked at me angrily, so I decided not to do it. I think doctors in Biotexcom are too busy and tired. The clinic owners should take more care of their employees if they want to attract more clients. Of course, we haven’t signed up the contract and decided to think everything thoroughly. I’m just curious to know if the clinic has so many patients, can it serve all its clients properly??? Another clinic was Nadia. It also has quite a lot of feedbacks on fertility forums. The situation was quite different there. Empty and calm halls, smiling administrator, soothing doctor. I don’t know why, but I didn’t like them too. Now I have a question to you… Is there anyone here who has contacted it or any other Ukrainian clinics??? Please share your experience.

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    Hi! Really sorry for you having such bad experience with the clinic! I don’t know much about Ukraine but you should certainly quit them. Respectable fertility clinics can’t treat their clients in such way! I know that loads of Australian infertile couples choose South Africa or the USA to donate eggs. You may also try your luck there.
    P.S. I would advise you to google some information about this countries or visit fertility forums to read some feedbacks about them there.

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    The thing is I have Ukrainian roots, and I think a Ukrainian egg donor would suit me perfectly. I have a cousin who lives in Kiev and she advised me to go to Biotexcom. I’ve read quite a lot feedbacks about this clinic on various fertility forums and where their former patients write that they have very good fertility specialists. They even helped 66-year-old woman conceive and give birth to healthy twins. I also liked the fertility specialist, we’ve consulted. But the way they meet and treat their patients is really awful. I was really bored to death when I had to stay in a queue.

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    Hi, Lakelady! I’m just curious how it was to go to Ukraine. The country is situated really far from the place where you’re living at present. Wasn’t it tiresome to fly there and back home? As far as I know, Ukraine is situated not far from Russia. You had to learn the language or at least hire an interpreter… The country is at now. Was it safe there?

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    Yes, it was a tiresome flight: many hours in the plane do take your energy. When we came to Kiev, we were met at the airport by the interpreter and the driver provided by the clinic. We lived in a big apartment hired by the clinic for us. We were even supplied with the food. I think it was really handy. Nevertheless, we spent hours staying in the queue to meet a fertility specialist. It spoilt everything!
    P.S. As for Kiev, it’s a peaceful city, very modern one. We even made a small sightseeing tour around it and it was fantastic.

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    Lakelady, are you really sure that they’ll find you a suitable donor? I guess it’s not easy to do. Firstly, each person is unique. Even twins are different in some way. Secondly, you’ll have to be sure that the donor is really healthy. She shouldn’t have any health issues like hereditary diseases. When you choose a donor, there are quite a lot of things to take into consideration. Don’t you think so?

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    I quite agree with you, RondaS. The clinic we’ve got interested in deals only with young women to become egg donors for their clients. They should be from 18 to 25 years old. Having at least one healthy child is a must for them. In addition, they should be totally healthy with healthy heredity. Only after a rigorous medical checkup they’ll be taken into the program. When you contact the clinic, you’re to pass a short description of the woman who would suit you as an egg donor. The clinic’s representatives use a special software to find an appropriate donor from their database. If you sign up a contract with them, you’ll be able to see the donor’s 3D photo.

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    Lakelady, I would also advise you to check whether they are going to charge any additional fees from you. I know that reproductive clinic’s like to ask their patients to pass various medical tests. Does Biotexcom do the same? I mean will you have to pay any additional fees for their services?
    P.S. I have a female cousin. She lives in Spain and they contacted a fertility clinic there. The services were ok, but they paid quite a lot of money fro additional tests. Be cautious with this, dear!

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    We also asked our program manager about additional fees. She told us that the clinic doesn’t charge any additional fees from its clients. According to the contract we are to sign up, we have to pay only a fixed sum. This sum can be divided into several installments. We can make the payments either by a bank transfer or in cash. The only thing I dislike about them is that they charge fines from their clients. For instance, if you don’t do medical tests in time, you have to pay for this. Do you think it’s fair?

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    I don’t know what to say… Maybe, in some cases it’s quite reasonable to fine the patients who are the irresponsible ones. I just recommend you to be very cautious when you sign up a contract. Read everything carefully and then put your signature. Maybe, it’s better to consult an attorney and sign up a contract…
    P.S. Will you use fresh or frozen eggs for your ED program? As far as I know, fresh eggs are more effective then frozen ones.


 

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