Considering being a donor

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Considering being a donor
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Mon, 10-08-2007 - 5:10pm

Hi! My name is Mel, I'm 25 and I have a 9 month old son. My husband and I are 99% sure we're done having our own children and so I've started looking into becoming an egg donor myself once DH has a vasectomy (most likely next year). My husband has MS so having just one child makes us worry less about passing it down from his side. I don't have any known genetic problems on my side (going by the sheet I found online for egg donor screening).

After having my son I'd love to be able to help another family have a child.

Is there any information anyone would like to share with me, either having been a donor yourself or having a child from an egg donor? I've started looking into it and I've got an information packet coming from my local hospital that does it.

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Mon, 10-08-2007 - 5:31pm

I've never donated, but know there is a lot of testing to screen potential donors. Also, you cannot donate eggs if you are a smoker, since they will test for nicotine use. I would recommend going to an egg donor agency and talking to them, they could give you a lot more information. Good luck!

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Registered: 01-15-2007
Tue, 10-09-2007 - 11:01am

Congratulations on wanting to be a donor! Your decision

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Tue, 10-09-2007 - 11:02am

Thank you! I have a packet coming from my local agency, run through a hospital in our area, and I was looking for some personal experiences on either side of it.

I'm not a smoker and I don't have anything obvious that would disqualify me but of course I'll go through more extensive genetic testing.

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Tue, 10-09-2007 - 11:07am

Thanks! We must have been posting at the same time.

I do have a son (who's adorable if I do say so myself ;p)

Knowing what a prospective parent looks for is helpful too. I hope your journey is a short one!

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Registered: 01-11-2007
Tue, 10-16-2007 - 7:17am

Hi Mel :)


What a fabulous thing to consider doing.

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Tue, 10-16-2007 - 10:34am

DH and I talked about it. Thankfully we didn't have real fertility problems, it took us a little over a year to get pregnant but otherwise fine. We just know we're done because of Mike's MS among other things. So if I can help another family have a child(ren) then I figure it's a very little sacrifice on my part.

I have decided that if I do it I'm only telling my mom because I know several people that would not have pleasant things to say about it.

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