I can’t fall pregnant – what next?

Egg donation has become a popular means of falling pregnant, when you are not able to produce healthy eggs yourself. Rikki Walsh, from Sunshine Egg Donors, says when you have made the decision to make use of an egg donor, the process is pretty simple and straight-forward.

“The entire egg donation process takes approximately three months to complete. There is no waiting list and you may ask any donor on our database to donate immediately.” Rikki says they have lovely donors (inside and out!) from diverse cultural and race groups. These donors area situated throughout South Africa.

Gain access to donor database

“To gain access to our secure donor database and view these young women, all you have to do is register with us – which you can do online. Once your details are verified, you will be sent a link to your email address enabling you to browse our list of active donors.  After you find a donor and all your required tests are done, you are ready to begin! While the fertility clinic screens your donor and starts your medical management, we stay in touch, maintaining open communication and a continuity of care.”

Egg donation used in many instances

Rikki explains the process of egg donation is used today in many situations, including premenopausal women with diminished egg reserve, postmenopausal women, women who are infertile due to poor egg/embryo quality, women who are carriers for specific genetic illnesses and/or same sex couples. “All the clinics we work with have the resources to perform every step of the egg donation, fertilization and implantation processes. If you and your partner are considering using donor eggs to conceive, the information provided here will allow you to more fully understand the different steps of the process.”

Are you a good candidate?

Rikki says to determine whether you are a good candidate to receive donor eggs, you will need to provide the clinic with a set of updated tests. A thorough infertility and medical history will be completed. “A complete physical exam will be performed (should you live outside of SA, these tests can be performed by your personal doctor and the results will be sent to the clinic). The examination of your uterus will begin with a detailed pelvic ultrasound and may require a hysterosalpingogram (x-ray of the uterus), or hysteroscopy (viewing of the uterus with a tiny camera). You will be tested for infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. Recent Pap smear results should also be available for review by your doctor. Additional tests and screening may be required, depending on your age, ethnicity, and medical history.”

For more information contact Rikki at rikki@sunshineeggdonors.com or visit their website at www.sunshineeggdonors.com

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