Consider gifting someone with the ultimate present this Festive Season

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The Festive Season is upon us, and while for many people it is a joyful time filled with love and family, for some people these next few weeks  can be a painful reminder that something in their life is still missing.

In the days leading up to Christmas, malls are filled to the brim with busy shoppers and children queuing to meet Father Christmas; while online you can’t move for ads about toys for boys and gifts for girls.

Psychologist Katrina Hale told Kidspot, “With its focus on family gathering, this can be a difficult time emotionally for those struggling with infertility. While the New Year may have started with hope and optimism that they’d be sharing the coming Christmas with a child, the arrival of the milestone … can be a reason to mourn, rather than celebrate.”

And this, dear Nurture Donor, is where you come in.

This Christmas, consider gifting someone with the ultimate present – the chance to have a baby of their own. It is no secret that there are a great many potential recipients that are waiting to be matched with a donor and it could be you.

While egg donation is anonymous in South Africa, it’s not about who you are giving your time and, ultimately, your eggs to. It’s the joy in knowing that you have the potential to bring hope to someone who has walked a long road to get to where they are now.

From all of us at Nurture – have a wonderful Festive Season.

Egg Donation does not cause Infertility

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It’s one of the biggest and most harmful misconceptions about egg donation… One commonly cited by egg donation naysayers.

We’re talking about The Myth: That egg donation causes infertility.

The main takeaway is this: There are no studies that prove a link between egg donation and infertility later in life.

One of the most common “sub-myths” is that donating egg puts a donor at risk of running out of her own eggs.

In order to unpack this, we need to take a step back. Yes, it’s true that women are born with a finite number of eggs – but that number is estimated at around two million! While young girls lose a lot of eggs a lot more quickly (ending up with around 400 000 potential eggs at puberty), with each menstrual cycle, between 15 and 20 eggs begin maturing for ovulation. However, usually one “Superstar Egg” is released for ovulation (the one that has the best chance of being fertilized), while the remaining dozen or so are flushed out of your system.

What fertility medication does is to fully develop those remaining eggs for retrieval – the ones your body was going to waste anyway.

Long story short? During an egg donation cycle, you’re not losing more eggs than you were going to naturally!

Of course, there are a few horror stories online of women who have suffered extreme complications during their egg donations, that have had an impact on their future fertility.

As with every medical procedure – from a visit to the dentist to having your appendix taken out – there are some risks – which we always be upfront about. But these are very, very rare.

As with every surgery, there is a chance of infection. Many clinics will give you a shot of an antibiotic while you’re under to mitigate this risk, but if you start feeling feverish or unwell, give us or the clinic a call straight away to have it sorted out!  Thankfully we haven’t had a single instance of infection happening in the 11 years we have been in business. This is because we only work with the top fertility clinics in the country.  Most of the horror stories you will read online is where donors have travelled to dodgy countries to donate.

And so there you have it! No, you won’t run out of eggs – and the risks are super duper low! f you have any questions or concerns, give us a shout. We’re always on hand to listen.

Are you ready to sign up?  Register on our website for more information:  https://sa.nurturedonors.co.za

A day in the life of Sizani Msiza

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Sizani Msiza

Meet Sizani Msiza: Nurture’s marketing maven and a mom to a two-year-old baby girl. We sat down with her to chat about her Nurture highlights, her superpower, and the best piece of advice she has ever received!

Describe in 10 words or less what you do at Nurture.

I co-ordinate marketing and donor related activities.

What does a typical day at Nurture look like for you?

I spend my day responding to donor enquiries, checking new applications, following up on donor profiles, managing social media platforms, looking for new and innovative ways to get donors to sign up, interviewing donors and helping out where I can.

What was your day job before Nurture?

I was a Marketing Assistant for an Industrial Automation company.

What has been the highlight of your Nurture career?

Learning about the industry after coming from an extremely technical background and working with a very supportive team of wonderful women.

What does the word “family” mean to you?

Family means consistent love, unwavering support, growth and mutual goal achievements throughout the good and the bad.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question – what would you ask?

Why is there such a plethora of hatred, bitterness and evil in this world?

What is in your ideal picnic basket?

My mother’s famous sour porridge and wild morogo, buckwheat meatballs, water, black forest cake, Woollies Salt and Vinegar onion rings, Calypso Lemonade and an ice-cold bottle of Fairview Rose Quartz.

What’s your superpower?

I am a mom, a friend, a daughter, a sister; I Am Woman.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I love attending food and clothing markets, collecting boho ornaments and spending time with my family. I occasionally go out with friends to catch up over a few drinks. If I’m not doing any of the above mentioned, I am cleaning and repacking cupboards, I find it very therapeutic.

What is the one thing you would say to a brand-new egg donor? 

Be loud and proud about your decision to donate eggs. It’s truly an amazing and self-rewarding experience.

Describe the average Nurture egg donor in five words.

Selfless, brave, kind hearted, committed and empowered.

Describe an average morning in your household.

Waking up and chasing after my 2-year-old, getting her ready for crèche and preparing breakfast before getting my day started.

What is your proudest achievement?

After having put my academic career on hold for such a long time, I decided to go back to school to finish off my Honours Degree.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Every day is a school day” This is a motto I abide by. Doesn’t matter how much you know, who or what you are – we learn EVERYDAY.

What is the biggest misconception about egg donation that you would wave a wand to clear up?

Cultural stigmas associated with egg donation. We need to educate people more about infertility, about egg donation. Knowledge is power.