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Misconceptions of Fertility

If you feel stressed or anxious about your ability to conceive, you are not alone. According to a study by Fertility and Sterility in 2014, 40% of women of all ages were concerned about their fertility. In the same study, 40% of women were unaware of the ovulation cycle and one-third were unaware of how obesity, irregular menses, and aging can affect procreative success. Below are some common misconceptions about fertility: ...

How to Care for Your Body When Donating

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Surrogacy Spotlight: It's Time Surrogacy Agency

We often have Intended Parents who are also interested in finding out more information on gestational carrier surrogacy. Although we are only a donor egg and embryo agency, we partner with a select few surrogacy agencies that we highly recommend. We have asked Angela Hartshorn, founder of It's Time Surrogacy, to provide some basic information on the logistics and costs involved. ...

My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor J

Initially I became a donor because of the compensation benefits. I was looking for another job to supplement my income. I came across egg donation and began thinking of what an impactful decision this would be for a family wishing to conceive and having issues. I filled out the profile and within a few months had been selected by a pair of intended parents. This was my first time donating and I thought it was sort of unusual the parents wanted to meet me in person. Donor Nexus made it very clear ...

All Eggs in One Basket: The Importance of Having a Back-up Plan

As we know, not everything in life is guaranteed. When you make the decision to use an egg donor to conceive, it’s good to have a back-up plan in the event you come across a “bump in the road”. Of course, everyone plans and hopes for a smooth process but as we all know nothing in life is a sure thing. What we can do is prepare you and make you aware of the possible hiccups that can arise with egg donation cycles. We have listed a few scenarios that could happen and what back-up options are ...

We’ve Completed Our Family and Have Extra Embryos: Now What?

When a couple or individual completes their family, they often times have left over embryos. Many patients wonder what they do with the extra embryos. There are three options available to patients. ...

Important Update Effective August 22 2016: FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulation

Important Information on Embryo Donation Below: ...

Anonymous vs. Open Egg Donation (and the In-Between)

When an intended parent is choosing an egg donor, they can choose to keep the donation anonymous, semi-anonymous, open, or known. Most intended parents choose an anonymous egg donation so that no direct contact is made with the egg donor. There are a small number of intended parent(s) that want an open (or non-anonymous) egg donation because they want to have the option of staying in touch with the egg donor throughout the offspring’s life. ...

"The Story of a Frozen Princess" An Honest and Brave Recollection of One Intended Parents Journey

“Oh okay…okay…” head nodding, blank stare…That’s the initial reaction we get 99% of the time when someone finds out Cori’s pregnant, and we say, “Yes, she is pregnant! Yeah, we adopted our baby.”Of course, we know it’s not clicking for them, so we save face and keep explaining. Soon enough, their expression starts to cringe as their eyes betray their bewilderment, and they exclaim, “Oh! Wait, you did what??”Then it hits them. “Oh wow, I have never heard of anything like ...

My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor N

When I first heard about egg donation, I was really interested in learning more about the process. I did some research and got really excited for my initial consultation. After I went to my consultation, I couldn’t wait to set up my profile and get started! I thought it was an amazing way to help people who couldn’t conceive and I knew it would be a wonderful feeling. A few months after I set up my profile, I got chosen to donate. I must admit, I was really nervous! Mackenzie was great at ...

Reasons to be an Egg Donor

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My Egg Donor Experience, by Donor D

Becoming an egg donor was one of the easiest decisions of my life. Being a mother myself, I couldn't even imagine what the intended parents are going through with trying to conceive. When I first found out about egg donation, I was a little bit nervous, but very excited to be able to help others. I got my first match within a couple months after submitting my application and Mackenzie was always so helpful with any questions or concerns that I had, so the process was very easy for me. A few ...

What you need to know about the Zika virus

By now I’m sure you have heard of the Zika virus spreading in the tropic countries. You may not have given it much thought considering Zika has not been found in the continental United States. However, if you are trying to conceive or are pregnant, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has advised not to travel to parts of the world that are affected by the Zika virus, if possible. This applies to egg donors and surrogates as well. ...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Egg Donor

Have you been thinking about becoming an egg donor and what to know what the process is like? Here is a step-by-step guide to becoming an egg donor. ...

Why a Proven Egg Donor Backed Out of a Cycle

Recently we had an egg donor back out of a cycle, days leading up to starting medications. This came as a complete shock considering she donated multiple times previously. The donor had gone through a recent divorce and found out that she had to move out of state within two weeks for work. She felt the pressure of being a single mom and moving to a new city where she had to quickly find a new home and daycare. Adding an egg donor cycle on top of it only increased her stress level. Although she ...

The Importance of the Egg Donor Screening Process

Here at Donor Nexus we take pride in the service we provide to our intended parents. We understand that our intended parents are entrusting us with the very important job of providing honest and accurate information on each egg donor. It is important to us that intended parents feel informed, comfortable and supported throughout their entire journey with Donor Nexus, but especially when making the decision on which egg donor to choose. ...

The results are in...!

The results are in and once again HRC Fertility’s success rates rank among the top nationwide. The CDC recently reported the fertility success rates for 2014. We are so excited to announce that our partner fertility clinic, HRC Fertility Orange County, is one of the top three best IVF clinics in the United States for egg donation using fresh embryos. Of the top six best clinics, HRC Fertility Orange County is the only clinic that offers shared egg donor cycles (also known as a split egg donor ...

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)

Last week Donor Nexus, HRC Fertility, and the rest of our community celebrated National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), a movement that began in 1989. Why is this movement important and what is its significance? The goal of NIAW is to raise knowledge about the disease of infertility and help people become aware of their reproductive health. The National Infertility Association has worked together with many members in order to: ...

The Questions to Ask Before You Choose an Egg Donor Agency

When researching egg donor and embryo donation agencies, it can be difficult to determine which agency is the best fit for you. Many patients choose an agency that was recommended by a physician or friend, an agency that has a specific donor they like, or an agency that offers cycle guarantees or re-matching options. ...

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