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user1488156527 Mon 27-Feb-17 01:19:35

Hello,

My partner and i are looking for a anonymous egg donor to help us start our IVF. We are on a waiting list at Liverpool's Women's Hospital at the Hewitt Center, We have been advised that the best way to speed things up would be for us to go out and find our own donor as the waiting list is 4/5 years for us. We are both 27 years old, I had my ovaries removed when i was 15 years old and this is the only way we can start our little family.

We were wondering if there is anyone out there thinking of becoming an egg donor? If the answer is yes, then we would love to hear from you. If you are aged between 21 and 35 (and preferably already had children) and would like to receive more information regarding egg donation, Please phone the Ovum Donation Coordinator at Liverpool women's hospital on 0151 702 4212 and quoting the reference number "649R"

We are looking for a kind donor to help us out.

The egg donation coordinator has given us a unique code number so that anyone contacting them on our behalf is recognised in this way.
If you think you can help please call Liverpool Hewitt Fertility Centre on 0151 702 4212 and please quote the Reference Number "649R".

Thank you so much for reading this!
<3 <3 <3

blue2014 Mon 27-Feb-17 20:15:59

Just wishing you good luck with this x

I assume this is nhs funded as, if not, I believe Reprofit in Czech Republic has quick access to egg donors.

Very best wishes smile

moofolk Thu 02-Mar-17 13:05:20

Is donor age a dealbreaker?

moofolk Thu 02-Mar-17 13:05:20

Is donor age a dealbreaker?

user1488156527 Fri 12-May-17 12:49:22

Hello,

Sorry for the late reply, Yes mine is NHS funded Blue2014

Do you have any information about how it works with Donors from Czech Republic at all?

And moofolk yes it has to be between ages of 21 and 35 im told.

Many Thanks for your replys.

debbs77 Fri 12-May-17 12:53:05

I've looked at donating before afterror 6 healthy children. But am too old at 39 which is a real shame!

Wish you all the best x

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 12-May-17 13:02:40

If you are willing to pay then abroad is your best hope

Many clinics have many donors so no waiting list

Cost varies per clinic but around £3k plus Obv flights

Contact for an info pack

Serum Athens
Reprofit chez republic
Ivi Madrid
Gest Prague

Think they are the right countries. Def right names of clinic

user1488156527 Fri 12-May-17 13:20:11

Wow Thank you so much for all your information i will email a few to find out. Blondeshavemorefun

If i was to get an Egg Donor from abroad can i still get my treatment in the UK do you know? or would my treatment have to be abroad too?

and.. Thank you so much Debbs77.

xx

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 12-May-17 18:22:13

I think you would have to do all abroad as embryos needs to be in you with an hour or two of defrosting (like a fet) if use frozen donor eggs and will need partners sperm fresh or need to go over before and deposit sperm and they freeze sperm and then do icsi

I don't think they would travel well ie be a good few hours from clinic to airport to uk to clinic unless did a mini travel pack of embryos still frozen in the gases and defrost once in uk clinic

So assume have to do abroad which means you would need to pay all costs

But it's something you can email them and ask

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Fri 12-May-17 18:24:36

I tried for ages to donate by eggs but I kept hitting brick walls.

Am 35 now so too old.

It needs to be made easier to donate.

AirBiscuitEater Fri 12-May-17 18:31:00

I have often thought about this OP. Would obviously need to do research before seriously considering.

I'm 29, have 2 children.

Could you give me a basic outline of the procedure?

EarlGreyT Sat 13-May-17 00:56:41

I can give you a vague outline as I understand it:

Firstly they'll take a full medical history, family history (of inherited diseases) and do a psychological assessment to be sure you understand what you are committing to. Then they'll do a load of tests to check your fertility, for genetic problems and to check for infections like HIV, Hepatitis and chlamydia. They'll also do a scan of your womb and ovaries.

Assuming all this is ok, they'll then decide on a drug protocol. Usually this is the long protocol. This involves taking the contraceptive pill for about 3 weeks, then on the first day of your period, starting either injections or a nasal spray to shut down your ovaries. After about a week on these, you have a scan to check all is quiet and then you start follicle stimulating hormone injections. You normally take these for around 2 weeks with scans and blood tests every other day after the first week. When the follicles are large enough you then take a trigger shot (injection) to ripen the eggs. 36 hours after the trigger shot they collect your eggs either under anaesthetic with you asleep or under sedation.

Hope that's the sort of thing you meant by an outline of the procedure

LadyCassandra Sat 13-May-17 01:29:15

I was coming on to describe but Earlgreyt has described it exactly. I donated eggs at Liverpool about 7 years ago, it was an excellent clinic and i only have good things to say about them. They used to have a nurse who's job was to deal with donors and she was brilliant.

user1488156527 Sat 13-May-17 17:50:52

Wow thank you so much for all that information EarlGreyT.

And Yes AirBiscuitEater you should do allot of research beforehand because its a huge thing that we are asking for.

LadyCassandra can i just ask how was it donating eggs? and i want to thank you for doing that and helping someone in need like myself.

Blondeshavemorefun i want to have my treatment in Liverpool so i would probably have to look for a donor more closer to home.

Thanks everyone for all your help so far, we really do appreciate it

x x x

aurynne Sun 14-May-17 05:28:35

I just wanted to say I have been an egg donor and it is one of the best things I have ever done. In the country I did it it is an open process, not anonymous. A family now has two children conceived with my eggs and their happiness is my pride. I would strongly encourage anyone interested to do it. The small discomfort of the process is nothing compared to the joy of seeing the happiness you can give.

OP, best of luck!

JoJoSM2 Sun 14-May-17 07:58:15

Buiscuit, here's some info

www.hfea.gov.uk/egg-donation-and-egg-sharing.html

MrsMontgomerySmythe Sun 14-May-17 08:03:00

A colleague of mine had a little boy via Serum in Athens 2 years ago.

They only had to go twice. Once for an information meeting and the husband donated his soerm that day and then a return for the transfer.

All meds and prep were done at home.

Due to the financial crisis in Greece hotels are very cheap and they got cheap Ryanair flights.

I wish you lots of luck.

rizlett Sun 14-May-17 08:05:30

I'm aware they have egg donation scheme in cyprus too.

user1488156527 Mon 15-May-17 13:48:36

Thank you so much everyone for all this information. We are looking into it all <3

aurynne That is such an amazing story, Its gave us allot of hope. we really do appreciate you posting it on here for us to read.

Thank you so much xxxx

CaulkheadNorth Mon 15-May-17 13:55:37

I looked into doing this but the company I was going to donate with wouldn't accept it due to my mum having MS. Do you know if that's still the case?
If that's not an issue then I'm happy to call Liverpool.

user1488156527 Tue 16-May-17 11:39:21

CaulkheadNorth Yes this is still the case as far as i know because my sister was denied for certain illness she carries.

Thank you so much for offering.

xxx

AirBiscuitEater Tue 16-May-17 17:56:48

Thank you for the very helpful info everyone.

OP, would donating for you mean travelling to Liverpool? Sorry if silly question!

user1488156527 Tue 16-May-17 19:51:09

AirBiscuitEater i think you would unfortunately. I'm really sorry about that, you must be based away from Liverpool. I'm not sure how it works about the expenses. I don't know if the clinic pays or i pay for the traveling expenses. Im really knew to this myself and i dont know every detail just yet sorry.

www.thehewittfertilitycentre.org.uk/how-can-we-help-you/i-would-like-to-become-a-donor/egg-donor/

AirBiscuitEater the above link is the link for some information about the clinic i am with in Liverpool. The Hewitt Centre, If you need any more information please don't hesitate to ask me and no question is a silly Question.

Thank you so much for looking into this, and if you do decide to contact my clinic, Please phone the Ovum Donation Coordinator at Liverpool women's hospital on 0151 702 4212 and quoting the reference number "649R" This is my unique code.

Thank you again xxxx

user1488156527 Tue 16-May-17 19:55:50

What is Egg Donation?

Women around the world, experience a range of problems or limitations which mean that having a baby themselves is not possible, or perhaps not the best route for them to follow. Egg donation gives hope to these women. Women who may have gone through early menopause, been treated for chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer, or those who are looking to avoid passing on a genetic disorder to a child.

Your egg donation is highly valued by these women and here at The Hewitt Fertility Centre, we are delighted to welcome women looking to donate their eggs.
Who can donate their eggs?

Women 21-35 years

Women must meet the following minimum requirements in order to donate their eggs:

Donors should be healthy women aged 21-35 years
Free of any serious medical infection, disability, congenital, family or hereditary diseases
Not significantly overweight for their height
Non-smoker

Some birth defects (e.g. spina bifida, cleft palate, hare lip) and some serious diseases (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and haemophilia) can be genetically linked, so it is not possible to accept donations from women where there is a family history of these conditions.
It is important to bear in mind that at the time of donation, the donation is anonymous. However, since April 2005, identifying information about donors is held on the HFEA Register and may be given to any child born from donation once they are 18 years old.

If you would like to donate your eggs, please complete our online 'apply to be a donor' form at the bottom of this page or our Ovum Donation Co-ordinator on 0151 702 4212.
How we perform Egg Donation

Step one: meeting the criteria

Before you can go through the egg donation process, it is important that you meet the criteria. Generally, women aged 21-35 with no serious medical conditions and who are not overweight meet the criteria. However, for more detailed requirements, please read the section; ‘Who can donate their eggs?’

We’ll also ask you to give us permission to contact your GP to allow us to ensure that there is no medical reason why you should not become an egg donor.

Step two: joining us in the centre

We will need some key information about you and therefore will ask you to fill out two forms and return them to us. After we receive these, we can arrange your first consultation with our trained specialists.

Our trained specialists will be able to tell you everything you can expect on your journey, including the procedures you will be undertaking. They will also assess your suitability to become an egg donor. Our team is there to help and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask.

Step three: initial blood tests

The initial blood tests form part of your preliminary health check and are really important as they tell us crucial information – determining whether you can become a donor, as well as giving us additional information about your current reproductive health.

You will be tested for Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) to determine your fertility level.
You may be using contraception and you do not need to stop your current method for fertility testing - we advise you not to stop with your contraception method until directed to do so.

Step four: genetic testing

Once we have assessed your fertility, there are some more tests that we can continue with. This includes genetic tests for Chromosome Analysis and Cystic Fibrosis, screening for certain transmissible viruses and a check of your blood group.

Step five: Counselling

At The Hewitt Fertility Centre, we work to ensure that the wellbeing of everyone using our services, is looked after; you are always welcome into our counselling facility. There, you can speak to expert, trained staff. If you have a partner or are married, it is important that you are together for your counselling sessions (which usually last around an hour).

Counselling sessions are your opportunity to talk to The Hewitt Fertility Centres qualified experts who can advise you and answer any questions you may have.

Step six: Your treatment

Once it is confirmed that your test results meet the requirements and you feel ready to proceed following counselling, we will start looking for the right recipient, and synchronise your cycle with hers.

Typically, the treatment cycle involves five visits to the centre – covering scans and instruction on administering the medication to stimulate your ovaries, leading to the egg collection.

We will retrieve your eggs vaginally and this usually happens under sedation.

AirBiscuitEater Tue 16-May-17 20:38:07

Thank you user, that's great info.

I live close to Newcastle so travelling there shouldn't be an issue. Easy access to trains, coaches and planes!

My only concern is that my husband works away (3 weeks at home, 3 weeks away) so I am alone with DC's a lot, meaning childcare for those appointments may be an issue.

I may call the clinic and see what advice they offer.

Thanks again smile

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