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30
Mar

Questions for our Egg Donor Coordinator

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Do you have any pressing questions that you would like our Donor Coordinator, Kari Gardner, LPN to answer?  Submit them as a comment or email me, and I will get them answered for you in video or article format!
 
It is important for you to feel secure and confident during your treatment, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need!
 
Any and all questions are welcome!
Lisa
Lstack@cnyfertility.com

25
Oct

The Egg Donation Process

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At CNY Fertility Center, our egg donors are incredibly important to us.  They are the driving force behind our PRIDE (PRegnancy Initiated with Donated Eggs) cycles, and help create families for many patients in need.  We try to make the donation process as clear and simple as possible.  From the moment a potential donor contacts our office, she has our full support and attention.
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor, you can expect to follow a general protocol that is used for a typical donor cycle.  You would begin by contacting a member of our donor team, to receive a username and password for our online donor application.  The application is completed electronically, and will cover many different topics.  The questions vary from your recent medical history, extended family medical history, and educational background, to your reasons for wanting to donate.  This questionnaire will help us assess your eligibility for the program, and it will also provide potential recipients with a good image of who you are.  Potential recipients will view your profile during the selection process.  However, your name and any identifying information will remain private.  Once your profile is complete and submitted, you will be contacted by one of our Donor Coordinators for a phone consult.  During the phone consult, the Donor Coordinator will ask any remaining questions they have, and explain the donation process a bit further.  This is a great time to ask questions!
Upon completing the phone consult and approval for the program, your profile will be added to our donor list.  Potential recipients will view your profile, and if you are selected our Donor Coordinator will contact you once again.  This time, we will make sure it is a good time for you to cycle, and that you are still interested in donating.  If so, we will bring you into our office to complete the donor examination.  This is a general health and wellness examination.  One of our nurses will complete a physical, and also draw some of the necessary blood work required by the FDA.  This blood work tests for infectious diseases that may impact your ability to donate.
As you successfully complete your physical and your recipient is ready, we begin the cycle!  During your cycle you will be on injectable medications for a few weeks.  You will also have frequent appointments in our office, so we can closely monitor your progress.  During these appointments we will do a vaginal ultrasound and blood work, to monitor the growth of your follicles (eggs).  Once the follicles have reached the appropriate size, we will schedule the egg retrieval.  During the egg retrieval, you will be under light IV sedation, and the whole procedure takes approximately10-15 minutes.  Once we remove the eggs, the donation is complete and you will receive your compensation.  The entire process from the moment you are selected by a recipient to the egg donation takes approximately 6-8 weeks.  Although each cycle is different, the process typically moves along swiftly and easily!
If you are interested in becoming an egg donor and helping another woman become a mother, please contact one of our donor coordinators.
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

13
Aug

LGBT Options

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The CNY Fertility Donor Program is able to facilitate many different cycles for the LGBT community.  Whether it is through the coordination of donor eggs, sperm, or embryos, we are able to help you create the family you have always wanted.
There are many options available, for each family situation.  Our donor coordinators will work closely with and your partner to find the scenario that best fits your particular needs and desires.  This may include any combination of donor sperm, eggs, or embryos, as well as the more typical IUI and IVF cycles.
We have the unique opportunity of combining gametes from either partner (or both!) with donated gametes, to create a cycle that includes both parents as much as possible. It is important to note that while we often use anonymously donated gametes, we have the ability to use known donor gametes as well.  This is an opportunity that allows the couple to have more knowledge and awareness of their child’s genetic past, and a bit more control over the process.
We, at CNY Fertility Center would like you to know that we believe families are defined by love.  We will do our best to be sure you have every opportunity to love, nurture, and expand your family.  If you have any questions about the potential cycles available, or how best to approach these initial decisions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  One of our donor coordinators would be happy to walk you through the process, as well as the many opportunities available for your family.
For more information regarding Donor Egg or Donor Embryo cycles, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

27
Jul

How do you know when you’re ready for a donor cycle?

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At CNY Fertility Center, we are able to offer our patients many ways to help them conceive.  One of the most unique is the Donor Program (eggs, sperm, and embryos).  Within the Donor Program our patients have an incredible opportunity to work towards their goal of parenthood, while utilizing donated gametes or embryos.  As wonderful as these cycles are, many of our patients feel perplexed about deciding when the time is right to begin.  Taking that step into the world of the Donor Program can appear challenging and intimidating, but there are a few ways to determine if you are ready.
Many of our patients claim to ‘just know’ when the time is right.  They feel as though they have done all they could have, using their or their partner’s gametes.  At that point the decision feels simple and natural.  If you feel an instinctual pull either way, trust that feeling.  Your mind and body have a wonderful way of letting you know what should come next.
Some patients may not have that clear sense either way.  To help yourself come to that intuitive feeling, place yourself in that moment.  Assess the emotions that arise when you consider what it will feel like to take those initial steps.  Do you feel hope, anxiety, or excitement?  Do you feel like it is too soon?  Then, imagine continuing along the same path you are on.  Do you feel comfortable?  Are you anxious that you should be doing more?  Try to gauge what your reaction would be in each situation, and compare the two.  This may help further the conversation, and offer a bit more direction.
As you are considering a donor cycle, be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your partner, if you are in a relationship.  Also know that we would be happy to discuss any of your concerns with you, and help you work towards the next step.
For more information regarding Donor Egg or Donor Embryo cycles, please contact our Donor Coordinators:
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/

22
Jun

Donor Cycles: Do you tell your family?

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At CNY Fertility, we are proud to offer many options for those trying to conceive.  Among those options, the Donor Program is most often welcomed with open hearts, and curious minds.  While many of our patients are grateful for the opportunity to conceive with donated eggs, sperm, or embryos, they may also experience concerns regarding how much information to disclose about their cycle.  Do you tell friends and family that you are using donor gametes?  How do you answer the potential questions?  Do you tell your child?  At what age?

It is important to realize that all of these concerns are valid, and healthy.  As you are rehearsing these potentially challenging conversations, know that it is out of love and protection of the family you have worked so hard for.  Your concern shows your maternal/paternal desire to protect your child, as well as preserve their happiness and privacy.

So how much do you disclose?  It is up to you.  While this decision should not be made hastily, it is important to listen to your inner voice.  Imagine yourself in the potential conversation, and sit with those emotions for a few moments.  It is normal to feel some anxiety and apprehension, but what do you feel overall?  Does it feel like it would be a relief to tell your family?  Or does it feel like a decision best to be left private?  There are no correct answers here.  Whatever you decide will be best for your family.  You are not obligated to disclose either way.

Remember that it is normal to feel apprehension when trying to decide how much to tell, and to whom.  A rehearsed ‘script’ can alleviate some of this anxiety, and can also prevent you from disclosing too much information while you are in the moment.  Also, it is important to make sure you have had an honest discussion with your partner, to be sure your plan is clear.  Whatever you decide will be best for your family, and you never have to apologize for your choices, or explain yourself.

If you would like more support on this subject, please feel free to join us at any of our Circle of Hope support group meetings.  Meeting information can be found on our CNY Fertility Calendars: http://cnyfertility.com/discussion/calendar.php
For more information regarding Donor Egg or Donor Embryo cycles, please contact our Donor Coordinators.
You may contact the Donor Team by calling 800.539.9870 (toll free)
Or via email:
Pati Breh: Pbreh@cnyfertility.com
Stephanie Rogers: Srogers@cnyfertility.com
Kari Gardner: Kgardner@cnyferility.com

We look forward to hearing from you, and creating the family you have always wanted.
Our donation team would be happy to further explain the cycles available to you.  Please visit our website for more information: http://cnyfertility.com/donor-gametes/