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How Will I Feel After My Egg Retrieval?

27 Jun

The post-retrieval recovery is very manageable.  Truly.  If you’re active and healthy, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to bounce right back.  It’s important to take about a week to recover – take it easy, drink lots of Gatorade and Vitamin Water, and follow your doctor’s instructions.  Allow your body to heal.  Everything inside of you has just gone through the ringer, and you’ll feel tender, sore, and bloated in the days following the retrieval (not unlike what you’d experience with a heavy period).  You can expect to get your first post-cycle period about 10 days after your procedure (10-12 days after your HCG shot) and once that’s come and gone, you’ll feel a million times better.   If you wish to donate again, you’ll need to have twonormal periods before you’re cleared to go for another cycle. Any weight gain can be chalked up to fluids, so be sure to drink enough electrolytes (the swelling and retention usually go down quickly).

Every doctor is different, and your clinic will have specific instructions for your recovery (you’ll also get more information regarding when you can get back to your “normal routine” – including working out, having sex, etc.), but the most important advice for a smooth recovery is to let the body do its thing, drink plenty of fluids, and be good to yourself.  You’ll be smooth sailing in no time


How To Locate Egg Donor Agencies For Assistance

20 Jun

Having a child can be an incredibly rewarding experience that some women sadly do not get to experience. This could be due to a number of different aspects or events that could have taken place throughout her lifetime. Some women never seem to find the man that they can fall in true love with and start a family with, which can be difficult but this certainly does not mean that a woman cannot have her own children. Even couples are finding that they can increase their chances of having a baby when they sign on with egg donor agencies. These locations offer a number of different options as well as helpful information that will point anyone in the right direction.

Before going through or even starting with the process, be sure that this is being done for the right reasons. It is not uncommon for people to act on impulse and individuals will need to make sure that they sit down and they weigh out all of the options that are currently available to them. Couples who are considering this option need to discuss everything with each other and ensure that both are going to be there for the new child as well as for each other 100 percent. This is a very big commitment that is being made and when one person starts to self doubt or even second guess the other, it might be best to wait it out or keep thinking about looking into options. Single mothers have to bear all of the parental work on their own, which could be nice for those who want to parent in their own way, but it can also be exhausting. Make sure that now is the proper time to be taking this step before actually doing it.

When the search begins for the actual egg donor agencies, there are a few different ways to get in touch with various services. Referrals from friends and co workers might be the best way to seek an agency. Knowing someone who has already gone through the process will make it easier as well as less stressful or nerve wracking. There are also various support groups and even online help that will give individuals the tools that they will need to go through with the process and find a location that they will be able to come to know as well as trust throughout the entire process, up until the child is actually born.

If there are no referrals to take advantage of, then look through online directories for all sorts of help. These directories will list off all of the egg donor agencies that are currently available as well as where they are currently located. Searching by the city and state, or even by the zip code will make the search go by much quicker and will plug people into the proper lists and other helpful resources. Take note of the ones that might be closest as well as the locations that are highly rated. The ones that are known for caring and effective or even successful service are typically the companies that people will want to work with. Certain directories might also offer reviews to show newcomers what they might be in for or what to expect when signing on with a specific location.

The costs can be quite staggering when it comes to getting set up with a donor. However, couples who want to have the child bad enough will be able to have a much higher chance when they go through the entire procedure. Talk with various offices in order to get an idea of what is actually involved as well as what it will cost. Certain offices might take payments, but they will need to be paid within close proximity to each other. Insurance is usually out of the quest as well, depending on the policy that the couple has taken out. Look into the various options and costs and then start making the proper financial plan after that.

As for the overall reputation of the agency, that is where these reviews will come in. Talk with various individuals about the process and which agencies are currently rated the highest. Caring agencies are often easy to get into and will offer numerous features as well as special care options that will make everyone feel comfortable as well as ready to go. Getting a firsthand look and talking face to face with the directors of some of these facilities is going to shed some light on which route to take, and will enable individuals to ask questions and interview as needed.

Once the process has begun, the results should start shortly after that. It is important to remember that it might not take the very first time around with some women, which can be very frustrating but do not get discouraged. Go for it once more and make sure to continue to see the right practitioner for help and support. The agency will be very encouraging as well as supportive so that should make the individual feel much more comfortable with going through with the process again. It might not be easy at first and there will surely be some ups and downs, but supporting each other and implementing proper forms of outside support will make the process and the tough times easier.

Trying to have a baby can be a challenge for some couples, but most have been able to get over the hurdles alright. Checking out different egg donor agencies will enable anyone to learn about the process as well as what is will take to not only have the baby but to become a donor as well. Millions of women are stepping up to donate their eggs so that another woman will be able to have the child that she has always dreamed about. Take some time to look into reliable and reputable companies in order to receive the right kind of care and service that is expected

Choosing a Jewish Egg Donor by Michael Feinman, MD

14 Jun

When choosing an egg donor, it is understandable that women will want to select a donor who is similar to themselves in appearance and ethnic background.  As with many aspects of Jewish Law, what may seem obvious and desirable may not conform to rabbinical interpretations of the Law.  Ironically, since it is sometimes difficult to find suitable Jewish donors, these legal twists can actually help some people “let go” of their desire to work only with Jewish donors.

While Reform Judaism recognizes that parentage can come from either parent, traditionally most, but not all, rabbis have agreed that if a Jewish woman gives birth to the baby, that child is fully Jewish.  The Laws determining a child’s family and religion of origin were established thousands of years ago — long before genetic testing — and so Jewishness is passed from the mother who gives birth rather than from the genetic parents.

The following principles can guide most Jewish couples considering egg donation:

A Jewish donor is not legally required for a Jewish couple.  Based on the concerns about accidental incest and the legal status of eggs, a non-Jewish donor may actually be preferable.  Accepting this idea can alleviate much of the angst over trying to find a Jewish donor (which, again, can be difficult).

If a Jewish donor is chosen, she should be single or married to a non-Jewish man.  If she is divorced, she needs a Jewish divorce, including a “Get.”

The process of choosing an egg donor is different for every family.  There are an endless number of things to consider in making such an important decision.  If observing Jewish Law is a priority for theIntended Parent(s), then finding a Jewish donor is not as necessary as one might think.  Ideally, this will be helpful to some (as the pool of potential donors will be enlarged significantly).

– Michael Feinman, MD

Medical Director, HRC Fertility

Egg Donation, Surrogacy and the Internet Age

4 May

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of “thank you for calling me back” which surprises me each time I hear it. To me it’s important to talk to people – actually talk face-to-face – about egg donation, gestational surrogacy, and other aspects of third party reproduction that affect so many people every day.   Center for Egg Options, Illinois is a donor and surrogacy agency founded on a core belief of helping,  so it’s hard to believe there are some agencies who don’t return calls.

Ah! Let’s chalk it all up to the evolution of egg donation and surrogacy in the Internet Age. Back in the day, when we opened our program in 2000, we had conversations in person. Imagine that! We actually scheduled appointments to meet intended parents to give them choices, information, and support for their searches. Now so many responses and discussions are handled via email, or sometimes by video chat, that it’s the rare occasion that we have those old in office meetings and we miss it!

We do appreciate how much technology has helped agency programs evolve in very sophisticated ways, like enabling us to share egg donor information on password protected web sites. This kind of advancement makes it easy for someone out of the agency’s geographic location to participate, or for someone who is more comfortable taking these first steps behind the computer wall rather than in person.

Regardless of whether you are downloading our online Gestational Surrogate Form, or Egg Donor Form, or contributing to a thread on our Facebook discussions, it’s important to me and CEO that you know we are here for you. Technology can be a great friend but it can never replace real life experiences. So our door is always open if you want to have a coffee while discussing your family plans. Your phone message will always be returned. And you will always be our priority. You have our word on it!

Best wishes,
Nancy Block

“Through our relationships, we help create families.”

Looking Beyond Egg Donor Photos

25 Apr

  In this post I’d like to offer some guidance around the search for a perfect egg donor.  While I really do understand wanting to have a child that resembles you and your family members, it’s helpful to remember that characteristics aren’t guaranteed to be passed down to the next generation.   Yes, there are similarities that most future parents look for in an egg donor, like hair color or eye color, but there can be surprises that leave you wondering about your selection.  Often times a newborn baby looks nothing like the donor and looks just like “Dad,” or the baby might look like a relative from several generations back from the “other” side of the family.

It’s really not just about the photos provided by a donor.  I like to recommend a more holistic approach to sorting through your donor options because you might discover some positive attributes that you hadn’t previously considered.  See if you can get a feel for her personality, really focusing on how she answers  questions like why she wants to donate.  Imagine being a shy person and loving the fact that the donor is the “life of the party”, or has a talent for telling a good joke.   Her likes and dislikes may reflect how she was raised, just as a good story about a family vacation she took with her parents when she was young, might reveal how it impacted her life.

Think about her experience of “family.”  She could be close with her parents and in constant contact with her siblings, or not have much contact because they have differences.   Try not to let the latter turn you off — think about how you have been raised and how close you may be to a friend but not a sibling.  Does that make her less of a person? Less of a donor?

I realize many couples seeking a donor would like to find a replacement for the partner who needs the eggs, and that egg donation isn’t your first choice, BUT you do have options to become pregnant – that’s a good thing – and sometimes we can even improve on our genetics and poor family health history when choosing a donor.

I encourage each of you searching for the perfect match to look at the whole donor profile  – look beyond the pictures – and don’t discount any willing donor who you may have a good “feeling” about.

Best wishes,

Nancy Block

“Through our relationships, we help create families.”

Online Egg Donor Resource Relaunches as Free Service With 6,000 Profiles! Visit Donor Network Alliance

16 Nov

 The Donor Network Alliance (DNA), the largest single resource available profiling egg donors from throughout the United States, announced today that it is relaunching as a free service to intended parents. 

DNA features a web-based searchable database of more than 6,000 egg donors, including their complete descriptions and contact information for the agencies that represent them. The site also includes profiles of gestational surrogates. 

“DNA was designed to make the search for an egg donor an easier process for intended parents – one stop, versus many agency websites, where they can browse according to anything from ethnicity to hair color, and save their searches over time,” said Nancy Block, Chief Executive Officer of DNA. 

“Making it free removes another stressor in intended parents’ journeys to create their families.” 

In addition to being the largest single source of egg donors, DNA also is the repository for the most ethnically diverse. This includes Asian (418); Jewish (116); East Indian (29); African American (372); Hispanic (655).isHH  

Block noted that the DNA profiles are easy to sort through, and a video on the site walks people through the process. 

For further information on the Donor Network Alliance, call 847.480.0888 or email


Finding an Egg Donor with the Help of CEO

17 Oct

With our consistent pool of 150+ stringently pre-screened egg donors and a network to thousands of other donors nationally, The Center For Egg Options Illinois is one of the only agencies that allows a prospective recipient to view multiple profiles at a time with NO up-front fee until a candidate is chosen. Additionally, we do not maintain any wait lists and matches, as a result, are expedited.

Building a Family through Egg Donation

Infertility has increased three-fold in the last 20 years fueling the assisted reproductive technology (ART) demands on those that specialize in the area of helping people become pregnant and build their families. The Center For Egg Options Illinois has been recruiting, screening and successfully matching egg donors for 10+ years and is proud to be known for its hands-on team approach.

What is egg donation?

Egg Donation is a procedure in which eggs are taken from a potentially fertile woman and given to a recipient who is not able to have children on her own due to a problem with the recipient’s eggs or because she has no ovaries. This procedure was first performed in 1983 and thousands of egg donation procedures are performed annually now.

What can using an egg donation mean to you?

The donation you accept from another woman could be the difference between a childless family and one filled with the laughter, joys and the excitement of a child. With such an increase of infertility issues among childbearing age women, becoming a recipient of another’s egg donation could be the ONLY option for someone as wonderful as you to have the opportunity to parent. The Egg Donation process is helping dreams come true…two feet at a time!

Who is the ideal egg donor?

  • An egg donor candidate is a woman who exhibits the emotional stability necessary to complete the egg donor procedure, and of her own free will decides to donate her eggs to the recipient.
  • The ideal egg donor is a healthy female between the ages of 21-30. While not mandatory, it is preferable that the candidate has had at least one healthy pregnancy prior to donation.
  • A donor candidate must have a valid Social Security Number.
  • A donor candidate must complete and return an application and be open to further screening.

What are the benefits of matching with your egg donor through CEO Illinois?

The Center For Egg Options Illinois is deeply committed to providing the utmost in personal care for all of our donors and recipients. We are available 24/7 and provide hands-on support to everyone who walks though our doors. We even attend doctor appointments with our clients if they would like us to. Our screening process is unmatched in the industry and remains stringent so that we may help provide the highest success rates achievable! A support person on both ends of the process is integral to avoiding the legal and emotional pitfalls that can occur with a failed match and The Center For Egg Options is truly committed to being that support person for all of our clients, donors and recipients alike.

Featured Agency Services For our Egg Donation Program are:

  • Full time staff to organize all aspects of your program.
  • Referrals for Education of all parties about medical / legal procedures and requirements.
  • Provision of donor applications in their entirety with 10+ pictures minus identifying information.
  • Agency allows client to review many profiles at a time with no fee until a candidate is chosen.
  • Implementation of psychological screening and genetic consultation with reports at no additional cost.
  • Arrangement of mandatory accidental insurance for the egg donor to provide coverage in case of complications arising from the egg retrieval and to protect you, our clients.
  • Coordination and scheduling of all travel and accommodation arrangements for the egg donor.
  • Coordination of fertility treatments for the donor.
  • Serve as liaison between the medical facility and the donor.
  • We will always be able to provide you with a previous recipient of an egg donation to speak with.
  • Advocate to all of our donors and clients involved as they progress through each step of the program.
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