“It gave me some sense of accomplishment”

flr153We love our egg donors and keep in touch with them throughout every step of the process.

This awesome donor had this feedback to share: “I feel like a guardian angel. The procedure was very smooth and short.

Can you believe 8 eggs were retrieved !! It gave me some sense of accomplishment.

Thanks again xoxo”

How to grow beautiful, organic free range eggs!

chickenYou’ve been chosen by a recipient who has just invested a whole lot of time, emotions and money in the hope of becoming parents. By agreeing to be their donor, you’ve already done a truly wonderful thing, THANK YOU!

If you are wondering what you can do to improve your recipients chances at success…..keep on reading!budah

Well, there are lots of things you can do! Some of them are in the ‘can’t hurt, might help’ category – these include rubbing your Buddha’s belly, lighting your candles, singing your chants and saying a few prayers. We welcome as much help as the universe is prepared to give us. But there are even more things you can do, practical things that have been proven to increase the quality of your eggs.

Here is a list of Good Things and Bad Things that could affect whether your recipient conceives or not.

The Good Stuff

  • Folic acid (also known at vitamin B9) is a VERY cheap over-the-counter vitamin that greatly increases the quality of the eggs and prevents deformities in the embryo. It only costs a few ronts at the chemist, so we urge you to get some as soon as possible. Added bonus? Better skin and hair for you – even more gorgeousness!
  • waterMultivitamin – this is kind of self-explanatory. Anything that makes YOU healthier will make those eggies healthier too. So if you aren’t yet on a good multi vitamin, put yourself on one. Ask your friendly pharmacist for advice.
  • Water, water, water… drink, drink, drink.strawbs.jpg
  • Vegetables and fruit – the stuff your mother told you to eat as a child. She might have been off base with other stuff, but in this case she was right.

The Bad Stuff

  • Ok, I know this is going to make your sphincter clench, but smoking is BAAAAAD for you. Even if you don’t care about yourself too much, every single research study says that smoking is bad for your eggs. Egg quality is greatly reduced by smoking, so please please PLEASE try and cut back as much as you can. And if you are up to it, why don’t you use this as motivation to quit all together. You will be doing your recipient a huge favour and yourself! Seriously – smoking = very bad for egg quality
  • Smokers vs Non-smokers – how does it affect success rates:
    • # % # pos % success ave # eggs
      smokers 22 36% 10 45% 12
      non smokers 39 64% 23 59% 11

       In other words:

  • 64% of our donors don’t smoke.
  • Smokers only have a 45% success rate per attempt, where as non-smokers have a 59% success rate per attempt.
  • In other words, non-smokers fare 29% better as donors than smokers.
  • Average number of eggs retrieved is the same.
  • wine.jpgDrinking – look, we love our wine here at Nurture, so we would be the LAST people to tell you to give up, but as with everything, moderation is key. If you are going to drink yourself into a stupor, not only will you feel like poo the next day, but your egg quality will be reduced.


Bottom Line: Take a multivitamin (remember that taking folic acid is important to prevent neural tube defects in the early fetus), eat a diet rich in vegetable protein, low in animal protein, moderate processed starches and … drink water, lots of it. We are not saying “none” of this or “nun” of that – but a little extra tender loving care can go a long way!


What makes a good Egg Donor Agency?

tertia kim gerida webWhen you’ve made the important decision to start or expand your family through egg donation, the next vital step you need to take is to select a reputable egg donation agency.

A great egg donation agency is a bit like a doctor with a great bedside manner.  An understanding best friend who is always willing to listen and an attentive councillor, who can guide you through challenging times all rolled into one! Infertility is a tough, lonely place – you need all the help you can get, to keep your sanity and your sense of humour intact.

Not only will a good agency provide you with a large database of wonderful and carefully pre-screened egg donors to choose from, but it will ensure that you receive excellent service from them as well as from the fertility clinic where you will be treated, every step of the way. This means that there will be constant interaction and intervention between the agency, the fertility clinic and the egg donor, and that you will be kept well informed at all times during the process.

An egg donor program that is managed and facilitated by a really good egg donation agency, will help donor recipients to better understand the process, answer any and all questions with patience and clarity. This will save prospective recipients from the trouble of having to wade through and trying to comprehend any medical or legal issues that they would like to clarify.

In South Africa, egg donor agencies are primarily located in the major cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban. In some instances, donor agencies have donors who are willing to travel to other cities to participate in the program.

When choosing a donor agency, prospective donor egg recipients need to explore important criteria such as the agency’s reputation, its affordability, efficiency, availability of egg donors, professionalism, the period of time it has been in existence, its association with top fertility clinics in the area and the quality of its service.

Another aspect that makes an egg donation agency excellent is its commitment to continuously expand and keep fresh its database of profiled egg donors by recruiting new donors. A great agency will also offer immediate feedback to any queries pertaining to egg donation fertility treatment.

A good egg donor agency doesn’t over promise and under-deliver. A good egg donor agency makes sure that all their donors that are listed as available, ARE available and meet the prescribed criteria. A good egg donor agency knows that by the time a recipient couple has reached the point of egg donation, they are tired, heartbroken and financially and emotionally depleted.  A good egg donor agency does their utmost to ensure that this is the last chapter of the journey that ends with the words  “….and they all lived happily ever after”.