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?
“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
“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!”
“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”.
“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”.
“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”.