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    Hello girls! Thanks to your comments I'm starting to change my attitude to the procedure. Now I feel more positive. I stopped thinking about relation with a baby from donor. Now I feel like I can move further. It's all thanks to you! I have some questions to you about the procedure. How you prepare to ivf with donor eggs? Is it the same as preparation to ivf with own eggs? How long it takes to prepare? I hope you'll share your experience! And also it would be great if you tell more about how you find donor, where did you have de ivf, how much you paid, etc. Let's have some chat!

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    First of all you should pay attention to your lifestyle. Take folic acid every day for at least 3 months before getting pregnant. This lowers the risk of some birth defects of the brain and spine of your child. Taking a pre-natal vitamin with folic acid is the best and easiest way to be sure you’re getting enough. You should stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Stay away from second-hand smoke as well after you become pregnant. You should eat healthy. Everything that goes into your body can nourish your uterine environment—and can boost your embryo implantation success. Avoid eating fish that are high in mercury, like swordfish and mackerel. Consider limiting caffeine intake.

    Speaking about the procedure itself. As you know I'm also in search and I'm new to this whole de ivf thing. But I read lots of info lately. So I'd like to share with you what I know. Your treatment cycle and the donation cycle of your donor must be carefully synchronized, so that your uterus is prepared and ready to accept the embryo created using your donor’s eggs and your partner’s sperm. To do this, your doctor may first need to ‘switch off’ your usual monthly period and ovulation cycle. This is referred to as ‘down regulation,’ and is achieved using a combination of the contraceptive pill and hormonal medications. At the same time, your egg donor begins her own cycle of treatment, firstly undergoing ovarian stimulation, followed by egg collection and fertilization. As you are using donor eggs and not your own eggs, there is no ovarian stimulation needed for your IVF cycle. Instead the main thing is to ensure your uterus is ready to accept the embryo. This is achieved through drugs protocol unique to you, which encourages your uterus to grow its lining ready for the embryo to implant. You’ll undergo an ultrasound scan, where doctor measures the thickness of the lining to ensure it’s at the optimum level for implantation. You will be given detailed instructions of any continuing medications you need to take post embryo transfer, to ensure your body is hormonally supported throughout this crucial early stage as the embryo implants and grows.

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    You are very wise to think ahead! Because the carrying mom needs a strong uterus and overall physique, to prepare I took and am taking prenatal vitamins and eating mostly whole foods. I’m also more careful with my sugar intake. I just cut back on sugar, and actually didn't miss it much as I was doing it for baby. Try to get at least 8 hours sleep, drink water, and walk for exercise, basically a pregnancy diet. The iron is especially important for the uterus and your increased blood production during pregnancy. The IVF clinic will make sure you have all you need as they will also watch your cycle to be sure to put in embryos at the proper time.

    I wish you best of luck with your upcoming procedure! The shots and pills before your transfer are really not that bad, you just have to keep in mind what for you are doing it. Enjoy every bit of your journey. And know baby is all yours! No one will know it’s a donor egg if you don't tell, so just go for it.

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    I’m happy to see your replies! I will consider all information I see here. I've already mentioned into my main thread that my feelings toward the procedure changed in a better way. Now I'm more into this. I still have some thoughts running into my mind. Despite them I feel more confident in using donor eggs. I found out about age limits and it kind of scared me. It turned out that each country has specific age limit for donor eggs recipient. This number varies from 45 to 50 years old. It suddenly crossed my mind that I have no time to waste! I will turn 45 soon. There is no time to think if this option is right for me or if I'm really ready for it. There is no time to waste on doubts and confusions. Now I'm fully on board! I talked to my hubby and he also thinks we should go for it. So I have a couple of questions for you! I really hope you will help me. What do you know about age limits for donor eggs recipients? I was looking through information on eggdonationfriends, but I've noticed that there is max age number missing in description about de of some countries. If you know what I mean. I will appreciate if you share your knowledge about this topic. And also I would like to know which criteria helped you to choose your clinic. I will be waiting for your answers! Again thank you so much for your comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noreen View Post
    I have conceived my 2 children through IVF. I think I can help you out. Well, I will explain this using my example. So I was married for 32 years without children. Then I decided to go to the hospital. My Ob told me that I had blocked fallopian tubes. Thus was caused by cysts. The cysts had grown to tremendous size so I had to have an operation. The operation was successful but it had an effect. My uterus was scarred. It had some issue that I could not give birth by myself. So my doctor suggested I go for an IVF. So I travelled to BTC, in Kiev to have the procedure. The clinic was affordable and had professionals at their top notch. My first trial was a success. After 2 years I then decided that I want another child. I still went to the same clinic and had my 2nd IVF. My children are now healthy and growing fast. So about the donor eggs I do not have much information for I used my own eggs. But you can go to BTC, I am sure all your questions will be answered.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. My congratulations to you! Thank you so much for your reply. I really wanted to hear someone who has an experience. Do you know what age limit this clinic has? I'm almost 45 and I should say it's harder to find clinic. I also want to use anonymous donor. I know it's too early to think about this for me but I still don't know if I tell my child about it. I read many opinions about this issue. Someone says it's better to tell, someone decides to keep it in secret. I'm confused and not sure what is the right choice in this situation.

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    I have conceived my 2 children through IVF. I think I can help you out. Well, I will explain this using my example. So I was married for 32 years without children. Then I decided to go to the hospital. My Ob told me that I had blocked fallopian tubes. Thus was caused by cysts. The cysts had grown to tremendous size so I had to have an operation. The operation was successful but it had an effect. My uterus was scarred. It had some issue that I could not give birth by myself. So my doctor suggested I go for an IVF. So I travelled to BTC, in Kiev to have the procedure. The clinic was affordable and had professionals at their top notch. You cannot even imagine that there 2018 economic package is running out. My first trial was a success. After 2 years I then decided that I want another child. I still went to the same clinic and had my 2nd IVF. My children are now healthy and growing fast. So about the donor eggs I do not have much information for I used my own eggs. But you can go to BTC, I am sure all your questions will be answered.

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    Thank you for sharing your experience! It is just amazing how medicine is developed and I am happy that clinic in Ukraine are getting more often attracted. A friend of mine had as well same problem. She went to Ukraine too, but I guess it was a different clinic from yours. The Clinic she got a treatment in was Intersono. The medical care was excellent. Coordinators and specialists did a fantastic job. She said she would recommend it further. Here is their page http://intersono-ivf.com/

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