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Survival Tips To Help You Through Your Donor Egg Cycle – Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

As promised, here is part 3 of our 3 part series:  Surviving your Egg Donor Cycle, Helpful Tips.

Have you just received the news from your IVF doctor that the best chances for you to become a parent is with the help of an egg donor? If so you’re not alone. You might be feeling bewildered, angry, sad, and definitely overwhelmed. Above all we bet you have a lot of questions.

Below you will find our final bit of advice for surviving your egg donor cycle.  We hope you have enjoyed our series, and you found some helpful information for your journey to parenthood!
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Should I Give My Egg Donor A Gift?

Many parents and parents-to-be choose to give their egg donor a gift after the egg retrieval. They feel that their egg donor should be recognized as the compassionate woman she is, donating her eggs to help the recipient parent achieve a pregnancy that they could not otherwise achieve. For many recipient parents it’s a way of completing the circle for closure purposes.
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Consanguinity: “Will my child marry his or her half-sibling?”

The definition of Consanguinity is: of the same blood or origin; specifically: descended from the same ancestor. Many intended parents who embark upon the path of family building through egg donation have asked the question: “Is it possible my child could meet, fall in love with and marry his or her half-sibling?” And the answer is that anything is possible if an egg donor donates six or more times AND if those children born of these egg donor cycles are unaware or not informed of their genetics.

Years and years and years ago the most couples worried about before marriage was whether or not the other had an STD. In fact, many states required both parties to be tested for STD’s before they would issue a marriage license.
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Questions for The Donor Source: If I have 2 great egg donors that I am considering and one is a repeat egg donor and one is not, how do I decide?

Q: I am considering two great egg donors and one is a repeat with a great track record but costs a couple of thousand more and one is a first time egg donor but has everything I am looking for genetics’ wise. How do I choose?

A: This is where you should have a good case manager as part of your team to help you make this type of decision. But if you don’t we suggest that you make a list for each candidate of pros and cons. If they are all equal with the exception of one is experienced and one is not then take into consideration your finances, how you feel about an egg donor who is untried, and an egg donor who has had several successes.   If you really are stuck then calling your IVF clinic and seeing who your fertility doctor might recommend. The IVF clinic may even look over the medical records for you and give you an unbiased opinion.
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Questions and Answers with The Donor SOURCE: Egg Donation Agency

Q : My clinic offers egg donors for a nominal fee. Why should I work with an egg donation agency and pay more when I can use an egg donor that my fertility doctor or IVF center recommends?

A: Several IVFclinics offer the service of matching egg donors to their patients and with a ‘nominal fee’ however you may find that comes with ‘nominal information’ about the egg donor as well. Utilizing the services of an egg donor though your IVF clinic may very well limit your choices in what type of egg donor you are matched with. Often the intended parent can’t look at photos of the egg donor or only photos of the egg donors up to a certain age. IP’s may have only a page of information regarding the egg donor’s personality, education or goals for the future. Very little comfort if you are the type of person who needs to know more!
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Post-Holiday Blues

It’s the beginning of the new year! That means typically new starts and fresh starts! Unless you are suffering from infertility – and that means we’ve been there – done that more times than we care to remember.

We’ve all read the blogs around the internet – “Holidays can be exceptionally stressful during the holiday season” – Ya think? Well what about the post-holiday blues? Infertility is an equal opportunity disease – it cause stress regardless what time of the year it is. However, even in the best scenarios and circumstances surrounding infertility coupled with the January blahs equals one big “S” which means Stress.
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Where Should You Go To Donate Your Eggs?

If you have a lot of time and are very self motivated you could go the independent, classified ad route. You could read hundreds of ads looking for that special someone and chose 10 or so to answer. You could meet in person or chat on the phone with a few recipient couples who will tell you their story and then you can chose who you feel would ‘deserve’ your help. Hopefully you are comfortable talking about money and payments too.  You then would be required to walk yourself through the egg donation process and if there is a glitch hopefully someone will be able to answer your questions and make sure you are on the right path again.
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