What to expect on retrieval day

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So, the big day has finally arrived! The doctor is thrilled with how your ovaries are looking, you’ve finished all of your injections, fasted for a few hours and you’re ready to go. It’s retrieval day.

While you should have been able to fit your appointments in around work or classes, you absolutely must take the day off on egg retrieval day. While you’ll only be in the clinic for around three hours, you need to factor in some time to recover from the anesthetic (you might still be quite groggy), and REST. Make sure you’re stocked up at home with snacks and drinks and painkillers, just in case.

When you arrive at the clinic (usually sometime between 7am and noon – most retrievals are scheduled in the morning), you’ll be checked over by an anesthetist and a nurse to make sure that everything’s A-okay before you’re given a VERY sexy hospital gown to change into.

By this time you’ll have been in and around the clinic so often that you’ll recognise friendly faces – so if you’re feeling nervous or have any questions, don’t be shy! When it’s time to get started, someone will walk you into the procedure room to get you settled on the bed and ready to go.

You will have been asked to fast for a few hours before you undergo anesthetic, which is referred to as “twilight” anesthesia. The anaesthetist will insert a cannula to administer the anesthetic, and you’ll be asked to count backwards from 10. You’ll be out before you know it!

While you’re out, your eggs will be retrieved by a process known as “ultrasound directed needle aspiration”. A needle is passed through the top wall of your vagina, guided by ultrasound, into the ovaries and then the follicles to get at the eggs. The eggs are then ‘sucked’ in through an aspiration needle and safely retrieved. The amazing thing? This process takes less than 30 minutes! That’s shorter than an episode of Friends or The Big Bang Theory!

Then you’re wheeled into the recovery room, where you’ll wake up shortly after your retrieval is done. You’ll probably feel a bit groggy and disoriented, or maybe even a little nauseated. This is all normal! A nurse will come to check in on you and, when you’re ready, give you something small to eat and drink, and painkillers if you need any. They will also check your blood pressure a few times. When they’re happy that you’re recovered enough to leave, it’s time to head home. Depending on the clinic, you might receive your donor compensation after your retrieval.

You must have someone there to fetch you. You’re legally not allowed to drive yourself home – even though you might ‘feel fine’. And no, your Uber driver doesn’t count!

When you get home, it’s time to take it easy. It’s time for you to nap, to snack, to bond with Netflix or that pile of movies you’ve been saving. This is the perfect excuse for a real day off!

You might experience some spotting and some cramping after the retrieval (again, totally normal, and hot water bottles and pads are great to have on hand), but give the clinic a call if you experience any ‘scary’ or unusual pain or bleeding. Don’t be a hero!

You should be fine to return to work or classes the day after your retrieval, but every woman is different, so listen to your body. If you don’t feel up to it, rather take another day off and rest. Be kind to yourself – you have just done an incredible thing, you can afford to put your feet up!

If you have any further questions, give us a shout! One of our fabulous Nurture gals will be on hand to answer any and all questions, or just to chat.

Why you shouldn’t wait to donate your eggs

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There’s (almost always) no time like the present… And the same holds true for egg donation.

Nurture donors are required to be between the ages of 19 and 32 – and there’s a very good reason for this age limit!

A woman is born with a set amount of potential eggs – around 2 million. Each month, our body preps a certain amount of these egg follicles for ovulation (estimated by doctors to be upwards of 1000 per month) – but (usually) only one egg takes centre stage and is released from the ovary.

This egg is the superstar of that month’s batch – basically the Beyonce of your ovaries. It’s the one that the body decides has the best chance of being fertilised, becoming an embryo and then a happy, healthy baby.

The rest of the unused follicles are reabsorbed by the body and lost – unless you give them a boost with fertility medications to help bring them to maturity.

However, as you age, two things start to happen: The number of follicles that your body loses each month accelerates, and the body’s stockpile of superstar eggs starts to decline.

That essentially means that a woman loses more eggs each month and has a higher chance of releasing an egg that is chromosomally abnormal – which could cause things such as Down syndrome or Cystic Fibrosis.

Starting around age 32, a woman’s chances of falling pregnant each month start to decline. And, at age 35, that monthly decline starts becoming steeper. That doesn’t mean that as soon as you pop the bubbly on your 35th birthday you won’t be able to get pregnant – just that it won’t necessarily be as ‘easy’ as it could have been in your 20s.

(This is where we remind you again that fertility is different for every woman, every time!)

In a nutshell, you’ll be producing the highest number of ‘quality’ eggs before you’re 32 – which is music to ears of the intended parents looking for a donor!

So, what are you waiting for?

An international recipient shares her fertility journey….

“I cannot recommend enough the extraordinary experience I had working with the kind, loving, mindful, dedicated, authentic, honest, committed partners and team at Nurture for helping me find my divine, anonymous egg donor and their heart felt support in my fertility journey, along with Dr Paul Le Roux and his Cape Fertility Team”.

Read her heartwarming story here –

Nurture & CFC Testimonial 8.27.2017

 

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Your genuine care makes such a difference

“Thank you all so much for your support. What you do for people like ourselves is just wonderful, and the genuine care demonstrated by the Nurture team makes such a difference!”

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“I’m forever grateful I could be a part of it all”

“On receipt of the news that her recipient is pregnant our beautiful egg donor had this to say:

I don’t even know what to say, I am totally speechless and covered in tears.

Thank you so much for informing me about this wonderful news, I really appreciate it.

I still remember the excitement and joy I felt when asked for a second donation for the same family. I instantly said yes! I just knew I had to do it, it felt like the right thing to do, despite the fact that they had to wait for a while, in the end it was worth it.

I feel extremely blessed that I was able to walk this beautiful journey of motherhood with you. I’m sure it must have been very stressful at times, but I’m so glad you never gave up on your dream of becoming a Mommy.

Since the retrieval I’ve been praying for another miracle for my recipient, I’m sure she did the same and now I’m praying for a healthy pregnancy.  Nine months from now you will have the wonderful opportunity of meeting your bundle of joy and a cute little brother or sister for your first born, and then live happily ever after. You sure deserve it!!

God has been faithful yet again and I’m forever grateful I could be a part of it all”.

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Awesome recipient feedback

“Thank you for everything. Thank you for making this road easier to travel. You have been there through and through. What more could I have asked for when I have had a wonderful egg donor agency, an awesome egg donor, an amazing and kind doctor…I am blessed”.
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Awesome Egg Donor Recipient Feedback

“I am writing this letter as a humble note of appreciation for the outstanding service provided by your team.

I sincerely appreciate the time you spent reviewing egg donors and recommending them. Your advice was very helpful and gave us a new perspective on available egg donors.

We especially appreciate your offer to assist us further and emailing us vital information.

Your suggestions was really helpful in our selection of an egg donor.

Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided.

I would love to recommend Nurture to anyone who needs an egg donor in the future. Keep up the good work”.

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“You made this whole process so easy”.

 

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Nurture take pride in guiding, supporting and caring for both our recipients and egg donors throughout their donation cycle.  Our recipient had this to say during her cycle….

“Thank you so much. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with your organisation. You made this whole process so easy.

We sincerely appreciate your help”.

Egg donation is a beautiful gift!

Another beautiful baby girl has made her entrance into the world. Special thanks to their amazing egg donor for making this dream a reality for her parents. Egg donation is a beautiful gift!

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“We are now the very proud parents of the most beautiful and sweetest little girl.

She is now 7 weeks old, growing at a pace and charming us with her gurgles, coos and magical smiles. She seems to be a chatterbox and loves to ‘talk’. 

We are so immensely grateful to your organization for giving us the opportunity to have her. I could never have imagined the joy and love that this little baby brings us and she has totally transformed our lives in the most perfect ways.”

“Our experience with Nurture was amazing!”

Egg Donor Recipient Feedback:

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“Just wanted to let you guys know that our baby boy was born a few days ago. He is absolutely divine and we are so glad we didn’t give up! He is the love of our life and just wanted to say a very big thank you to you and the team at Nurture.

Our experience through the whole process with Nurture was amazing!”