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    Hi there,

    I am currently 34 years old Asian with premature ovarian failure and have been TTC with my husband for the last 3.5 years. We saw a fertility specialist 3 years ago and was told I need to seek for donor egg option to be a mum. I was very devastated when I was told that I won’t be able to have a biological link with my child if I use donor egg hence I have been trying to see what alternative options.

    My FSH used to be 165 around three years ago and it is dropping down to around 24-35 lately after taking 2-3 years of TCM plus acupuncture (for the last 1 year). However my AFM was <0.01 (tested last year).

    Any success stories with similar issue like mine? Any tips on becoming pregnant with POF? Any fertility specialist in Sydney that you recommend? Any hope to get pregnant naturally or is IVF with donor egg the only option?

    I heard Genea have a donor egg program that can purchase Asian donor eggs from the world egg bank. Anyone used the world egg bank before? Anything to be aware of?

    Any recommended TCM doctors? If you went through with the donor egg option, how do you find your donor?

    Very appreciated on any tips and guidances.

    Thanks heaps. 😊

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    Hi sorry it’s been a tough journey.

    I can’t help with tips on POF. I am 40 with DOR (diminished ovarian reserve) and am about to do my first donor egg cycle in South Africa after many failed cycles with my eggs. So I do understand all the concerns that run through your head when deciding whether to continue with your own eggs or donor eggs. It’s a tough decision.

    Just one thing to flag. The World Egg Bank is rather expensive and has a very low success rate. Frozen eggs in general have lower success rates, but in particular TWEB isn’t known for having great egg quality. If you do some searches on here you should find some old threads on this. So if you do decide to go the donor egg route maybe look at some alternative options? There’s a number of clinics around the world that you can travel to for donor egg cycles. The most popular countries are Greece, Czech, South Africa and Spain (all have their own egg donation threads on here). If you are looking for an Asian donor there may be more choice in Asia (eg Thailand, Malaysia etc) or some of the US clinics (Hawaii Conceptions, California IVF etc).

    Whichever path you choose, best of luck!

    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risa78 View Post
    Hi sorry it’s been a tough journey.

    I can’t help with tips on POF. I am 40 with DOR (diminished ovarian reserve) and am about to do my first donor egg cycle in South Africa after many failed cycles with my eggs. So I do understand all the concerns that run through your head when deciding whether to continue with your own eggs or donor eggs. It’s a tough decision.

    Just one thing to flag. The World Egg Bank is rather expensive and has a very low success rate. Frozen eggs in general have lower success rates, but in particular TWEB isn’t known for having great egg quality. If you do some searches on here you should find some old threads on this. So if you do decide to go the donor egg route maybe look at some alternative options? There’s a number of clinics around the world that you can travel to for donor egg cycles. The most popular countries are Greece, Czech, South Africa and Spain (all have their own egg donation threads on here). If you are looking for an Asian donor there may be more choice in Asia (eg Thailand, Malaysia etc) or some of the US clinics (Hawaii Conceptions, California IVF etc).

    Whichever path you choose, best of luck!

    R
    Hi Risa,

    Thank you for your support & guidance. All the best to you as well.

    How does the overseas donor egg cycle process work? Can you please tell me more info about it? How long in advance do you need to go to the overseas clinic, any particular waiting time? Any tips on how you pick the clinics? On average, how much does each cycle cost (if you don’t mind me asking)?

    In Aus, if we go down the donor egg path, we need to tell our kid about the donor details when they turn certain age. Does it apply if you have the donor egg procedure done overseas? Does my FSH need to be lower to certain level before the donor egg ivf process can be started?

    I’m trying elevit, co10q and fish oil daily.
    Is there any particular type of diet or supplements that I can take to lower my FSH?

    Thanks.

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    In Australia the child can get the donor’s ID details when they turn 18. In most countries overseas the egg donor is anonymous.

    In the countries I mentioned in my earlier post there is generally no waitlist for egg donors. Generally it would take around 3 months+ from contacting the clinic to doing a cycle by the time everything is organised.

    The process varies a lot by country/clinic. In Europe, you generally provide some details about yourself and the clinic will match you to a suitable donor. You may only be given limited information on the donor (eg ethnicity, height, eye, hair colour etc) but it can vary by clinic and country. In South Africa and the US, you can generally choose your donor through an egg donor agency who will have an online database with detailed profiles and childhood photos (possibly adult photos in US). Some clinics in US have their own list of donors too.

    Your overseas clinic will provide you with scripts for all meds - you need a GP or FS here to rewrite these as Australian prescriptions. They can also help you with referrals for blood tests or lining scans if needed.

    If you do a fresh cycle, you will take meds to suppress your own hormones and sync you with the donor’s cycle. You will then be given estrogen to thicken your lining. When the donor has EPU you start taking progesterone (which prepares your body to receive an embryo) and then you have embryo transfer usually at day 5. Depending on the clinic you’ll need to be there for 10-14 days.

    You can also do a freeze all cycle - that would mean your partner would need to be there to provide a sperm sample before or on the donor’s EPU. The embryos are frozen. You can then fly over whenever you like to do a FET. You might only need to be there 3-5 days.

    With donor egg cycles all of your own hormones are switched off and an artificial cycle is created using hormone replacement medications. So it doesn’t matter what your FSH levels are.

    Costs vary quite a lot. At best guess I would say $12k Greece, $15k South Africa and $30k+ in US. I’m not sure of price range in Asia.

    Sorry not sure what supplements would help reduce FSH. I did take the ones you’re on. I also took DHEA but not sure it helped me.

    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quest View Post
    Hi there,

    I am currently 34 years old Asian with premature ovarian failure and have been TTC with my husband for the last 3.5 years. We saw a fertility specialist 3 years ago and was told I need to seek for donor egg option to be a mum. I was very devastated when I was told that I won’t be able to have a biological link with my child if I use donor egg hence I have been trying to see what alternative options.

    My FSH used to be 165 around three years ago and it is dropping down to around 24-35 lately after taking 2-3 years of TCM plus acupuncture (for the last 1 year). However my AFM was <0.01 (tested last year).

    Any success stories with similar issue like mine? Any tips on becoming pregnant with POF? Any fertility specialist in Sydney that you recommend? Any hope to get pregnant naturally or is IVF with donor egg the only option?

    I heard Genea have a donor egg program that can purchase Asian donor eggs from the world egg bank. Anyone used the world egg bank before? Anything to be aware of?

    Any recommended TCM doctors? If you went through with the donor egg option, how do you find your donor?

    Very appreciated on any tips and guidances.

    Thanks heaps. 😊
    Hi Quote, I am an
    Asian girl who also has POF and looking into donor egg options. I don’t have any tips and guidances to give you as I have just started to explore this option myself. I just want to wish you good luck and all the best in every path that you take😊❤️


 

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