I would argue that the selection of your egg donor is the most important step in the process of conception via egg donation…second only to becoming pregnant with a successful IVF cycle! Choosing a reputable egg donor agency goes hand in hand with the selection of a suitable donor. Gift ov life is South Africa’s largest reputable egg donor agency and preferred by South Africa’s leading fertility clinics. As a national egg donor agency Gift ov life has a wide selection of Cape Town egg donors and also hosts egg donors based in other parts of Cape Town that are prepared to travel to Cape Town for Recipints. More specifically Gift ov life provides recipients with over 230 egg donors to choose from; donors may be viewed online and their detailed profiles selected on line. Gift ov life provides detailed egg donor profiles in line with world class standards and only donors up to the age of 33 are selected, although the guideline cut off age is 35, we feel that the younger the donor, the better for IVF attempts. Gift ov life works with Cape Fertility Clinic as a leading fertility clinic and is part of the process with CFC from donor selection onwards. We specialise in international recipient visits for egg donor IVF.
A large Danish study has laid to rest fears of a link between drugs used in IVF treatment and cancer.
A study published in the British Medical Journal says that there is no overall increase in the risk of ovarian cancer associated with the use of any IVF drug.
Researchers looked at 54 362 women referred to fertility clinics between 1963 and 1998. However, they warn that the women will all have to be monitored until they are older to make absolutely sure of the findings, because many of the women have not yet reached the age at which ovarian cancer is common.
In the study, of women who had been referred to all fertility clinics in Denmark, 156 developed ovarian cancer.
Over an average follow-up of 16 years, there was no increased ovarian cancer risk associated with four groups of fertility drugs looked at.
The researchers also found no increased risk among women who had undergone 10 or more cycles of treatment or among those who did not become pregnant.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” Kahlil Gibran
There is no greater gift that a woman can give, then the gift of life. As we enter the second month of 2010 and some of those new year resolutions start to fade, egg donation is a selfless act that will forever be appreciated and may change the life of a woman in a way you can only imagine. Whether the donated compensation which you will receive matter to you or not, the act of giving touches the soul and remains forever appreciated.
Since the first pregnancy with egg donation in South Africa, performed at Cape Fertility Clinic, Cape Town in 1986, egg donation has become a regular and routine treatment over the past 22 years and the number of people seeking this form of fertility treatment has increased.
The statistics are that 33% of women older than 37 years, who present to a fertility clinic with infertility, will require the use of donor eggs to achieve a pregnancy. It is emotionally overwhelming for a woman to learn that she may have to use an egg donor to become a parent. She then often decides to approach a fertility agency in search of a suitable egg donor.
Egg donation in South Africa is safe and confidentially. Egg donors do not meet or know the identity of the recipient parents and vice versa.
Egg Donors are medically and psychologically screened to confirm that they are ideal egg donor candidates. Egg donors are treated by the top fertility specialists in the country and are given suitable medication to stimulate egg development. Egg donation does not adversely affect the egg donor’s fertility.
On the day of egg retrieval the matured eggs will be collected via the vagina via a “suction” device. The egg donor is under conscious sedation for about 20 minutes and will feel nothing. There is no cutting.
As one of our 90 egg donors recently wrote:
“My egg donating experience with Giftovlife was absolutely wonderful!
I have always wanted to add to other’s lives and thus was able to have the opportunity to donate my eggs to help another angel in this world, have a family! Definitely an experience I will never forget and I will treasure all my life!”
Her recipient woman is currently pregnant with a little girl. What a gift!
Gift ov life Egg Donation and Surrogacy – www.giftovlife.com is a fertility agency offering an egg donation and surrogacy program.
The Measure of an Egg Donor Agency
How should one measure the success of an egg donor agency? On the face of it one might say, “Well, it must be the number of pregnancies achieved!” “Is it?” Is the number of pregnancies achieved not the result of more factors than an egg donor agency can take credit for? After all, the fertility clinic and doctors and their treatment prescribed, the age of the donor and her fertility screening, the quality and quantity of the sperm used to fertilise, the ability of the uterus to facilitate the growth of the embryo. These are all factors that must be optimal in order to achieve pregnancy.
The fact is that all egg donor agencies are governed by certain criteria that ensure donors are viable as fertile egg donors. These factors include egg donors being between the ages of 18 and 35, having a certain and optimal BMI and being screened before an egg donation cycle is undertaken. These factors result in all agencies being created equal as regards the actual donor. Or does it? How does one rate an agency? What after all is the role of the egg donor agency?
We conclude that the role of the agency includes both “passport” factors and “differentiating factors.” Passport factors are standard practices that allow an egg donor agency to remain viable and attractive to recipient parents. They include, promptness in dealing with enquiries, a professional and understanding approach and first hand knowledge and experience of the IVF process. What then differentiates one agency from the rest, if it is not the number of pregnancies achieved, the level of professionalism and first hand experience?
Well, put yourself in the shoes of the recipient parents… what would be most important to you…what would be the differentiating factors for you?
Would you not want to know about the donors, whose genes you choosing, inside and out? Surely her grades at school, her tertiary education, her sexual orientation, how her grandparents may have died, whether she or anyone in her family suffers from one of 90 different conditions that can be passed on genetically, her parents hair and eye colour, their height and body frame…the list goes on and on. The fact is that not all egg donor agencies take the interest, time or effort to make as much information available as possible to prospective parents means that all egg donor agencies are not, in fact, created equal. At the end of the day, when that little miracle is born, don’t you agree it’s worth having made an informed decision? After all, as potential egg donor recipient parents, isn’t it worth it for you to take care in choosing an agency that gives you all the information?
By Dawn Blank, Gift ov life Egg Donor Agency www.giftovlife.com
For those women whose “partners look at them and they fall pregnant” the use of donor eggs may seem completely absurd. It’s a case of “If you have never walked in someone’s shoes don’t judge them,” and often it’s a complete ignorance, as is the case when you are dealing with a choice you would never have to make.
The reality is that, for those increasing woman who, without the use of donor eggs would never be able to experience motherhood, egg donation is the greatest gift of life.
The need for donor eggs is on the increase, as infertility becomes a widespread in a sentence that does not discriminate. Our fast paced lifestyles; stress, cancer and delaying having children are all factors that can result in a woman’s ovaries not functioning to produce viable eggs for fertilisation. For these woman an egg donor is a last resort and a gift of life. The world of fertility brings fulfillment and joy to couples via egg donation, or surrogacy. In South Africa we are fortunate as egg donation is legal and agencies have an ever-expanding range of doors available to choose from for egg donation.
By Dawn Blank, Gift ov life Egg Donation & Surrogacy Agency www.giftovlife.com
Epigenetics is a new (well to some of us!) buzzword in the field of egg donation for conception. Essentially Epigenetics refers to factors outside the gene, such as a cell’s exposure to hormones or genetic variations that can modify a gene. Such factors can change what is ultimately expressed; they can change a phenotype i.e.: they can alter what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its gene AND the environment. In terms of conception via egg donation that environment begins with the womb of the birth mother. Some examples include hormone and reproductive factors in a woman that may influence the chances of breast and ovarian cancer. These factors are believed to be linked to a woman’s exposure to estrogen and progesterone and their effects on cell differentiation in the breast that occur during pregnancy.
Conventional science has historically linked cell behaviour to the genes present. Latest research suggests however that cells send out signals unique to an individual that I turn receives signals from the outside. This is specifically interesting for birth mothers where it appears our identities may be formed in the womb, linked to an exterior field of energy.
World Epigenetics studies are now focusing on how donor conceived babies DNA may actually be expressed based on the woman who carries that baby. The study of Epigenetics reveals that our lives are more than the sum of our inherited genes. During growth in the womb and after birth differences begin to reveal themselves due to specific genes being active in some people and non-active I others. There are a number of reasons for certain genes to be active and others not including the way the hosts body functions, lifestyle and how we think and feel – our emotions and reactions. The world of babies conceived via egg donation it’s the woman carrying the baby at the conception of life that starts the process of which genes are active and non-active. The birth mother helps shape the baby she carries from the moment that embryo is implanted in her uterus.
By Dawn Blank gift ov life, Egg Donation Agency www.giftovlife.com
Egg donation in South Africa is indeed legal and legislated as Chapter 8 of the National Health Act (Act no 61 of 2003) Gamete donation is regulated by The Policy Committee of the South African Society of Reproductive Science and Surgery. The 2008 Guidelines for gamete donation provides the latest recommendations for clinicians involved in assisted conception using gamete (egg) donors.
Egg donation in South Africa is anonymous which allows the recipient parents to choose whether to reveal the details of their child’s conception. For psychological and to ensure optimal egg quality, only donors between the ages of 21 and 34 can be recruited by egg donor agencies.
There are no requirements in South Africa for an egg donor registry to be kept and the child’s birth certificate details the names of the recipient parents.
It is important for intended parents planning egg donation in South Africa to choose a reputable egg donation agency – one that works with the leading fertility clinics in South Africa. You should also be provided with a Detailed Profile of the Egg Donors available, according to international best practice and covering physical attributes, personality, reproductive health, genetic history, medical history, school grades and family history details.
Egg Donation in South Africa is not only legal and ethical, it provides restored hope to those who otherwise could not experience the joy of a child. Planning your egg donation through Gift ov life egg donation and surrogacy agency – www.giftovlife.com – ensures that you receive world-class service, a choice of national egg donors and access to the top fertility clinics nationwide.
Anyone going through egg donation IVF is focused on one thing..falling pregnant and having that little miracle. One thought which you are definitely NOT having at this time, is the planning of your (possible) next child! If you are lucky enough to have twins or perhaps additional embryos that can be frozen then planning for a second, biologically related sibling, does not require too much though.
However, experience has taught us that so often when parents do return to us to secure the same donor for a genetically linked sibling, its often too late. Donors may decide to cease donating at some stage prior to when you plan and require the donation of that donor for another child.
There are no ways to guarantee that your donor will be available when you are ready and require her again.
One way in which you can secure her eggs before you require them, is egg freezing. Egg freezing is now available in South Africa and is an option for the upfront planning of a second biologically related sibling for your first child via egg donation.
Should you require additional information about Egg Freezing, please contact us at Gift ov life on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly provide you with information.
“At Gift of life fertility agency, our commitment is to listen, guide and support you with our experience and kindness.”
“Our promise is to continually strive to source and provide you with the largest database of the most suitable egg donors that we can possibly find.”
The statistics are that 33% of women older than 37 years, who present to a fertility clinic with infertility, will require the use of donor eggs to achieve a pregnancy. It is emotionally overwhelming to learn you may have to use an egg donor to become parents. As a fertility agency we are here, not only to assist you in choosing a suitable egg donor, but also to reduce any confusion, eliminate any added stress and guide you through your much-desired path to become parents.
Our mission is to help others experience the potential Gift ov life and joy of parenthood.
Even though all else may have failed in your “infertility path”, egg donation offers new hope. We recognize how life-changing and important choosing an egg donor is and the Gift ov life coordinators are here to assist you in making the right decisions and making the best possible choices.
We get our satisfaction from helping you along your journey to making your dream of a family come true.
The first test tube baby was born in 1978 and the first pregnancy with egg donation in South Africa, was performed at Cape Fertility Clinic, Cape Town in 1986. Egg donation has since become a regular and routine treatment over the past 22 years and the number of people seeking this form of fertility treatment has increased. You are not alone.
We encourage you to meet with us in person but, we also respect that for some intended parents their choice is to remain anonymous. This is your decision, which we will respect. Please be sure to view our Frequently Asked Questions for Egg Donor Parents.
“A baby is a miraculous gift from God, no matter how one receives it.
Some are given the ability bear them, others the ability to rear them.”
A STEP BY STEP ON HOW IT WORKS
You could be pregnant 3 months from today!
Step 1: View our Donor Database
Go to View our Donor Angels at www.giftovlife.com.
You will be prompted for a password, which will be emailed to you.
You may also email us directly at email@example.com if you would like us to match you with a suitable donor.
As you browse the donor database, should you find a donor that interests you, you may request a Detailed Profile of that donor under her online profile and we will email you a Detailed Profile of that particular donor. Donors are added regularly so take your time to review our database weekly.
Step 2: Selecting your Donor
When you find a donor that you would like to approach for egg donation we ask that you write her a simple, short letter requesting that she donate for you. Gift ov life will forward your Donor Letter to the donor and await her response.
Donors are given 48 hours in which to revert…however most donors revert instantaneously at the chance to give the potential Gift ov life.
Once the donor has accepted, you will be required to make a once off payment to Gift ov life of ZAR12 000. Your Gift ov life co-ordinator will then contact the clinic of your choice and make the necessary appointment for the donor to be seen by the doctor, where after she will have her blood tests. You and your partner are also required to have blood tests, the details of which will be communicated to you.
Donors are secured for 3 months and therefore her treatment cycle must have commenced within 90 days from the date of her acceptance to donate.
Timing: From the time you choose your donor until she has had her first doctors consultation and we receive the results of her blood tests (as well as your and your partners blood tests) usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Step 3: Cycle Co-ordination
The doctor and the IVF coordinator of your preferred clinic will make direct contact with you to discuss your and the donors treatment plans, your and the donors cycle co-ordination and the time line for donation and embryo transfer.
Timing: The time required for this part of the process varies from one donor/recipient to the next, depending on your cycles and whether or not the donor is on the Pill. Allow 6 weeks.
Step 4: Medication & Egg Retrieval
On the 3rd or so day of the donors co-ordinated cycle she will begin her hormone treatment, designed to stimulate egg maturation. You will also be advised on medication treatment to prepare your womb lining.
The doctor will, by way of a scan, determine when the donor eggs are ready for aspiration/ removal. The day of egg removal will follow and you will be advised of the number of eggs retrieved after the procedure.
Timing: This process takes 2 weeks.
Step 5: Fertilisation & Embryo Transfer
On the day that the eggs are removed they will be fertilized with your partners semen. You will be contacted each day thereafter with an update on how the embryos are growing!
Three to six days after fertilisation the embryo/s will be transferred to your womb in a simple, quick and pain free procedure.
Step 6: Are you pregnant!?
You will have to wait approximately 2 weeks to find out, via a blood test, whether you are pregnant! This waiting is the hardest part of the procedure!
Timing: 2 (long!) weeks
* All the timings provided in the steps above are guidelines. Exact timing varies from one case to the next.
The benefits of working with Gift ov life Egg Donation Agency
• Free and fully automated on-line Donor and Surrogate Database with donors and surrogates available from different locations and ethnic backgrounds.
• One of the most comprehensive Donor and Surrogate screening services according to local and international best practice including childhood pictures, physical attributes, personality, reproductive health, genetic history, medical history and family history details.
• Donors and Surrogates on our online Database are all available: You could be pregnant 3 months from today.
• Online information on IVF, Egg Donation, Surrogacy, Adoption, Sperm Donation, IVF Clinics, Egg & Embryo Freezing.
• Our donors are treated with the care and medical excellence that they deserve, as the amazing woman that they are.
• For International intended parents, you can be assured of: world class donor practices, exceptional medical fertility clinics with world class success rates, the relaxing sea-side of Cape Town, highly affordable costs and a warm and professionally co-ordinated stay from your home town departure to your arrival home.
• A Fertility Fund to assist those with financial constraints and in need of an egg donor
• The co-owners of Gift ov life both understand infertility and IVF. Between us we have undergone IVF at Cape Fertility Clinic, Medfem and Vitalab – all top South African Fertility Clinics
I Will Be A Wonderful Mother – Author Unknown
There are women who become mothers without effort, without thought,
without patience or loss, and though they are good mothers and love their children, I know that I will be better.
I will be better not because of genetics or money or because I have read more books, but because I have struggled and toiled for this child.
I have longed and waited. I have cried and prayed. I have endured and planned over and over again. Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.
I will notice everything about my child. I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore, and discover. I will marvel at this miracle every day for the rest of my life.
I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child, knowing that I can comfort, hold, and feed him and that I am not waking to take another temperature, pop another pill, take another shot or cry tears of a broken dream. My dream will be crying for me.
I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child. Whether I parent a child I actually give birth to or a child that God leads me to, I will not be careless with my love.
I will be a better mother for all that I have endured.
Yes, I will be a wonderful mother.
Contact Gift ov life at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.giftovlife.com