Egg Donors....gather here!

(32 Posts)
DirtyDawg Wed 19-Oct-11 21:11:26

I have started this thread as a little support thing for all ladies either donating eggs or thinking about donating.......I'll start with my story.....

I was first interested when I had DS, I am absolutely sure I don't want anymore children, as I am only 33 I thought about donating, anyway I looked into and advertised myself on another forum and got an email from a lady who was interested, I had all the tests and found my fertility to be quite healthy........fast forward to now, I have had the drug Prostap and start my stimulation drugs on the 24th of this month, we're looking into the egg harvest happening on the 7th November, thewn it's down to luck and the magic of nature smile

Melindaaa Wed 19-Oct-11 21:17:13

I did egg donation a couple of months ago, but won't be able to do it again as I have very low AMH. I responded very poorly to the drugs and only developed three follicles. Two eggs were collected and thankfully both fertilised and were transferred.

Unfortunately, although she ot a positive, my friend's pregnancy didn't develop.

I wouldn't hesitate to do it again if my body was able. I didnt find it invasive at all really, and it gave me a great feeling to be doing something for my friend.

DirtyDawg Wed 19-Oct-11 21:20:07

That's a shame it didn't develope, I'm not finding it too invasive and although I have had some strange side effects with the Prostap I'm feeling ok smile

hiya, I am thinking of donating at some point. However, I would like another child myself and I think that you can't donate unless you're sure you've finished your own family... is that right?

would love to watch this thread and see how you all get on and what it's really like going through it.

Melindaaa Wed 19-Oct-11 21:23:23

We did a flare protocol which meant I did stim drugs from day three of my cycle with no down regulation.

I have down regged before for frozen embryo transfers when I was a surrogate and found it really unpleasant so was keen to avoid it if at all possible but would have done it if the clinic had recommended it.

Which clinic are you using? I have done drug cycles with both Coventry and Salisbury, and did my egg donation with the Wessex in Southampton.

DirtyDawg Wed 19-Oct-11 21:27:27

I'm currently using the Herts and Essex Clinic, but next cycle I do will be with tthe Salisbury or Wessex, I'm in Bournemouth

Thefoxsbrush Thu 27-Oct-11 23:11:24

I'm just looking into being a donor. I have always had an un-explicable urge to be a surrogate however health problems in my third and final pregnancy will prevent me from doing this sad my best friend had 3 lots of IVF before she fell pregnant and I would do anything to help people in a similar situation to hers.

elsies9 Fri 04-Nov-11 17:57:53

We are a same sex (female) couple living in the South looking for an egg donor, pref who looks similar to us and our other children (slim, dark skin tone / eyes, brown hair). If anyone is up for helping us out please could you post an email address so we can talk. Thanks.

naturalbaby Mon 07-Nov-11 13:44:26

Any potential donors still about? I think my baby is too young to start (9months) but I'm starting to think about it and read up. I really want to be a surrogate too so wondering if i can donate eggs first to see how it goes then go on to be a surrogate.

Deflatedballoonbelly Thu 24-Nov-11 11:29:16

Hi! I have my scan on tuesday, start injections that day and hoping for egg extraction soon.

Elsies9 I am the polar opposite of you im afraid. Pale, red headed and green eyes!
Natural baby, My son was 9m when I first started talking about it with some people and he is 18m now there is no rush.

Dirty dawg, 4Mad?

Deflatedballoonbelly Tue 29-Nov-11 19:16:23

Bump, anyone about? I had my first Gonal F today.

Livinginoz Tue 13-Dec-11 06:53:09

I donated in May last year to a relative who now has a gorgeous 5 month old DD. I did it in the UK before we emigrated which was pretty stressful!
We were very lucky, it worked first time!grin
Extra good news is that I've just found out I'm pregnant so we know it didn't affect my fertility!

Gottalovecosta Fri 30-Dec-11 18:55:18

Interested to see this thread. I have 2 IVF 'babies' (5 and 2) myself, and have donated eggs once already. I'm thinking of donating again, I'm going to give the clinic a ring next week and see how we set the ball rolling :-)

Dalrymps Fri 30-Dec-11 19:00:38

I'm not sure if I'd donate but am interested. I need to know more first.. How exactly do they 'harvest' the eggs?

4madboys Fri 30-Dec-11 19:13:10

they use a fine needle i think it goes through your stomach? i cant remember exactly, but you are sedated for the procedure smile

i am starting the process propelry in the new year, wanted to to it earlier but family commitments and xmas got in the way!

mrspepperpotty Fri 30-Dec-11 19:48:22

Is there an age limit on donating? I'm 37.

Deflatedballoonbelly Sun 01-Jan-12 14:02:22

4Mad, they extract the eggs vaginally! Under sedation, lasts about 20 mins. I donated mine 2 weeks ago grin

Mrs Pepperpotty, between 18 and 35 I thought.

4madboys Sun 01-Jan-12 14:29:05

yes i thought that after i posted, i think i was thinking of the hormone injections you give yourself, which most people inject into the fat on their tummy!

Elibean Fri 24-Feb-12 11:59:05

Hope you don't mind an ex-recipient butting in, just to say a huge thanks to all of you - as I can't say it in person to my dds' donors!

My 8 and 5 year old dds, dh and I often talk about the 'donor ladies' our two had/have, and how we hope they are happy and wish we could meet them to say hello, thanks, and did you know how lucky you made us feel. We think of them as extended family smile

So I expect someone out there wishes they could say it to each one of you....

Jrosea Fri 02-Mar-12 22:00:50

Hello,

I'm new to forums so I don't know if anyone will see this but I'm writing just in case.

I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure aged 20 and now aged 25 have graduated and married. My husband and I are really eager to start our family, we have always know it will be hard but it is our dream to have children together. To this i would need donor eggs. We are signed up to start with Bourne-Hall near Cambridge but there is a long waiting list unfortunately, so we are hoping that someone would help us. There is plenty of information on their website about becoming a donor and if anyone was interested we would absolutely love to hear from you.

Please contact me on here I will check regularly,

Thank you in advance.

Jessica and Paul.

Mandy21 Tue 06-Mar-12 23:14:50

Sorry to ask - very new to this - but does anyone know if the age limit of 35 is an absolute? Are there any 'allowances' outside of that? Reason for asking is that my sister may have to use donor eggs and I'd love to help - but I'm 39. Have had my family so would do absolutely anything to help her have one too. Any advice would be gratefully received.

GodisaDj Thu 08-Mar-12 15:10:09

Mandy - don't believe there is an 'upper' limit but it may depend on the clinic. Obviously at the age of 39, the chances are 'reduced' compared to if you were under 35 (sorry...that sounds harsh blush). If you want to do it - go for it. Best to get moving asap and push your sister/partner with the process. From the time we started to egg collection (including tests, compulsory counseling, treatment) was 6 months, just because of faffing about and waiting times, even with a known donor. I hear that is 'good' compared to some clinics.

My DD is from egg donation from my sister, PM me if you think I can answer any questions

Mandy21 Thu 08-Mar-12 15:20:58

Have pm'd you back. Thank you for that. I know time is an issue, but its encouraging to know that it is a possibility. My partner has no qualms about it at all, he's very supportive of us both. Lovely to hear of your story.

hoops997 Sun 11-Mar-12 20:22:54

Hello all,

Have name changed, I was DD, anyway my recipient is 20 weeks with twins grin

jezebelle Wed 14-Mar-12 20:19:24

Glad i found this thread smile
I'm thinking of doing this, though currently pg with dc4 so be a while before i can, just wanted to know if its a difficult process, if i would be able to do it locally as in Norfolk and what expenses are like if i had to travel, or take holiday from work etc

SageYourOracle Sat 28-Apr-12 00:21:50

Just wanted to say that anyone who is willing to donate eggs is giving such an amazing gift! I thank you all.

Like jrosea, I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure fairly young. My beautiful sister donated eggs & I gave birth to my DD last July. My sister maintains that it's the best thing that she's ever done (she's not wrong there) and that it was an honour to be given such an opportunity. What a humbling attitude. She offered to donate just 5 days after my diagnosis.

Hurrah for lovely donors!

kidsrme1 Thu 17-May-12 14:54:38

hi i'm 30 years old have been thinking about this for a while i have been lucky enough to have a family of my own with no problems and would like some information on how to go about donating my eggs and is the process difficult i live in bedfordshire

thanks

gingegirl Fri 25-May-12 13:00:59

Hi ladies hope you don't mind me posting here, but I'm currently waiting for some tests to become a doner, well egg sharing is what I'm hoping to do its a long story but the short version is I'm 30 years old I've had 2 children( naturally no ivf) when my son was born I decided to be sterilised at the same time, which was so foolish! Sadly my son passed away last year aged 2 and the urge to have another child is so strong! Even though I know it won't replace him. We can't have ivf on the nhs because I chose to be sterlized which is understandable! Our local private clinic offers an egg sharing program which would enable us to have free treatment.
I don't find the thought of sharing my eggs with someone else less fortunate than myself a problem, but just wondering if anyone has done it and how the emotional aspect has affected you?

5madthings Mon 25-Jun-12 13:17:25

i dontated my eggs last week, the procedure went fine, the whole process was very smooth actually and i got a lovely bunch of flowers, chocolates and a card from my egg recipients! so touched and fingers crossed that it works for them.

5madthings Wed 25-Jul-12 14:21:26

bump, just to update, my egg recipient is pregnant with TWINS!! omg i am so chuffed for them grin so pleased i was able to help and it worked for them, fingers crossed all goes well for them smile

sleb1 Sun 05-Aug-12 22:06:15

Hi

I'm new to this thread. My situation is that I had a baby last year via IVF. At 44 I've now been told that I have a 1% chance of success if we went down this route again. We would love a second child to complete our family and we are considering egg donation. We have been recommended a clinic in Spain. However all the donors are anonymous. I am faced with the ethical situation of deliberately having a child who will be denied access to information about their genetic background and history. Much as I want a second child I worry that we will bring a child into this world who will constantly wonder where they are from and who they are. I would be delighted to hear from any other family who has faced this situation and the resolution you came to. I love my daughter dearly and would love to give her a sibling .

daniellelandod Fri 18-Jan-13 20:00:38

sleb1 - did you resolve your dilemma? I'm looking to donate, but don't like the idea of anonymous donor, I like to know that if the family ever wanted to get in touch, they could. But I also don't need a relationship at all (I just don't like the unknown). I'm actually looking to egg share, because I could then freeze some of my own in case I want a family later down the line. I'm 31 and happy to tell you lots and lots about myself. If anyone is interested in going down the 'non anonymous' route, then please do get in touch.

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