egg donation

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  1. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    sorry i just had a few mins of thinking :shock: :lol:

    how do you go about egg donation? is it painfull? and who can get the eggs you donate? is their age limits ect?

    sorry i was thinking about this a while back about donating my eggs if that is possible :oops: but was to chicken to look into it more then got pregnant and it sorta went out my head :lol:

    so now that me and OH have decided we dont want anymore children i would love to give my eggs to people or someone who has problems if that makes sence

    anyone any advice or am i being silly :oops: :oops:

    thanks in advance
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  2. Wobbles

    Wobbles WoBbLeWoBbLe
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    Its not silly - This is a much needed thing.

    I do believe they need matches somehow too as I've seen many girls saying "we have a match, egg donor". They now offer cheaper IVF for women who will/can donate their eggs too. Its the same for sperm - Not enough sperm donors.

    Go to the CARE website hun - The girls there would be able to answer your question more accurate & a very nice bunch :D

    http://www.carefertilityweb.co.uk/phpBB2/index.php
     
  3. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    thanks for that link wobbles :D
    ive signed up so waiting on them allowing me to post now :roll: :lol: :lol:

    thanks again chick
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    Your welcome :D

    I'm on there somewhere :lol:
     
  5. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    i still cant get to post :? when i sign in it tells me iv enterd an incorrect user name or password and i havent got any sort of confirmation email or anything :?

    any ideas hun?
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    Press forgot my password & see what happens hun! :D
     
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    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    it just says this


    Sorry, but your password cannot be retrieved because your account is currently inactive. Please contact the forum administrator for more information.
     
  8. Wobbles

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    If you are experiencing problems with the bulletin board. Please click the link below and email us with details of the error and we will endeavour to resolve it as soon as we can.

    The link to use is:

    [email protected]

    Kind regards,

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  9. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    thnaks hun will email them in a wee while need to get the ironing done :roll: ive been doing it all morning and keep coming on here :lol: :lol:
     
  10. Helen

    Helen ICSI Twins + miracle BFP

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    Hi Weestar

    I think it's fantastic that you are thinking of doing this. There is such a shortage of eggs for women who are unable to produce their own in this country.

    To donate eggs, you have to go through the first stages of IVF.

    1. Downregging i.e. supressing your natural cycle. There's a few ways of doing this such as sniffing something every day. I chose a one-off injection that I administered myself into my tummy. I think that phase lasted about 3/4 weeks. I was off sick the first day of the injection because it made me feel sick, but that could have been all the excitement and anxiety that went with actually starting IVF.

    Some women get menopausal symptoms during downregging such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings. I wasn't too bad - a few hot flushes and a couple of night sweats but nothing horrendous.

    You go for an internal scan - a bit like a wand where the sun doesn't shine and no hassle at all - to check all is ready for the next step.

    2. Stimming i.e. encouraging your body to produce extra eggs. This is a daily injection into your tummy which again you self-administer. The injections aren't painful. The only side effects I had were that my tummy swelled up a bit as my ovaries swelled and it became too tender to lie on my tummy. This bit only lasts a couple of weeks.

    Again you have internal scans to check on your ovaries and see how many eggs you are producing. They like to get around 10 ideally.

    3. Final injection. You give yourself your final injection of HCG (pregnancy hormone) into your tummy to get yourself ready for egg collection. The timing of this one is critical and it can be late at night depending on when you are booked in. You also have some sedation to help you sleep and a pessary pain killer in the morning of the egg collection.

    4. Egg collection. On egg collection day you go into hospital and they either sedate you or in some places give you a general. I had sedation and OH was able to come in with me to give me support. I'd also done some self-hypnosis and took a CD with me so that I could hypnotise myself into happy thoughts!

    Egg collection usually takes around half an hour and they use a long thin needle which they put up you and through the wall of your vagina into your ovaries to draw off the eggs. They do each one separately and they are handed to an embryologist who checks it under a microscope to see if it is viable. If you are sedated, you'll hear them shouting back to the specialist a tally of how many eggs you are at.

    The collection itself was fine, I felt the last couple being taken, but I did produce 22 eggs! :shock:

    Afterwards you are taken to rest for a little while before you are sent home. With IVF you carry on with progesterone injections. In your case you won't. As I'd produced so many eggs, I had to have additional daily injections (tummy again) to stop me developing OHSS for about 4 weeks.

    For a couple of days afterwards I felt pretty rough. A cross between being kicked in the stomach and having cystitis. Although, I think that was because of the number of eggs I'd produced. Most women seem to feel fine afterwards but want to take it easy for a day or two. I took some pain killers on the first day, but didn't take any more after that as I was paranoid about anything like that being in my blood stream when the embryos were put back in. You wouldn't have that problem. I had the eggs collected on the Tuesday and took the rest of the week off. I think I felt ok by the weekend.

    I hope this helps and doesn't put you off, but it's important to be realistic about what's involved.

    H

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  11. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    sounds really good although im not a needle fan :lol: not sure if i could inject myself but im sure OH would be more than happy to do that part :lol:

    right you seem to know what your talking about hun so hope you dont mind me bugging you before i take the next step and inquiring more into this.

    Is their a sertaine agae limit to do this?

    can you do it all the time or can you only donate once?

    the egg collection part scares me a little is that possible to be put to sleep through?

    and is it possible to donate eggs if youve been on the pill and what are the chances of becoming pregnant as i take it tp be i would need to stop using the pill :?

    i know i sound really stupid but i dont really know much about girly parts of the body and how its all supposed to work ect (i dont even know when im supposed to ovulate :oops: :oops: )

    i would love to help someone :D

    but can you only donate eggs if your doing the egg share thing or can you solely just donate your eggs?


    thanks for all your help wobbles and helen
    i hope that i can get everything i need to know and one other thing how do i go about doing this do i need to go to my gp first?

    thanks girls
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  12. Helen

    Helen ICSI Twins + miracle BFP

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    OH did my progesterone ones, mainly cos they were in my bum! He had a real needle phobia (has to lie down to have a jab!) but was brilliant stabbing me! Nurses show you how to do it and you get a practice go before you have to do it for real. It's actually not too bad at all, but OH can do them if you want.

    There'll be an upper one I would think because obviously at a certain point it isn't that productive. Not sure about lower age limit, I'd presume it's 18.

    Not entirely sure, but I imagine since you can go through IVF more than once, there's not problem donating more than once. In fact, the NHS is probably screaming out for women prepared to do that. I suspect they'd recommend that you need to give your body a month or two time to recover in between.

    Depends where you donate, some places routinely use general anaesthetic whereas others prefer sedation. With sedation it's obviously a quicker recovery. Egg collection is uncomfortable but it's not horrendous and it doesn't last that long.

    Yes, I have been on the pill although not for a long while. I don't know whether you'd have to come off it a month or two before to allow your body to settle back into a natural cycle or not. You will have to use some other form of contraception. Although they'd hope that none of the eggs would release early, there's always that possibility.

    I think you can donate just the eggs, the egg share thing is a way of reducing the cost of treatment.

    TBH I'm not sure. You could try your GP or go to someone like CARE directly and ask them.

    Hope this helps.

    H

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  13. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    thanks so much hun :D
    ive got to make an appointment with my gp for my pill anyway so once i get the appointment im going to discuss it with him see what he says i just hope i would be ok to do it as im not entirely sure if i would be allowed because i had a blood transfussion in 2002 :? im not allowed to give blood :(

    will need to look into it alot more and hopefully have an appointment with the gp next week and will keep yous posted if i get anywher with it :D

    thanks again
    xxxxxxx
     
  14. Spunky Cupkake

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    aww weestar i think its a fantastic thing you are gonna do
    you would be helping loads of people who have problems having a child i say good on ya

    x
     
  15. ablaze

    ablaze lucky mum of one of each!

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    ive been following this post intently and i have to say its made me realise how much some people go thro 2 have kids! id love 2 donate my eggs i think ill maybe look into it too!
     
  16. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    Ive got my docs appointment tomoz so going to ask him how i go about it and where i can get all the info i need to know about it, my main concern is that i might not be able to do it because i had a blood transfusion :(
    will let yous know how i get on tomoz :D
     
  17. weestar21

    weestar21 Well-Known Member

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    OK just back from docs :D

    he didnt have enough info for me to really make my mind up tbh but he said ive to think about what he has said and ring him on friday morning to discuss it better that way he can get his hands on some up to date info :lol: :lol:

    he was really surprised i was asking about this but he didnt try put me off in any way either :D only thing he did say was i might need to have blood tests done before hand as i did have a blood transfussion just to make sure everything is ok before i can take the next step.

    Im glad ive asked about it and cant wait till friday comes so hopefully i can get most of my questions answerd before i get refferd :lol: :lol:
     
  18. Helen

    Helen ICSI Twins + miracle BFP

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    Weestar, you are wonderful! :hugs:

    Good for you for being brave enough to consider doing this for someone else.

    H

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