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April 21, 2014

Altrui’s fun egg donation quiz – the answers

We’re delighted that so many of you filled in our quick quiz on egg donation and the winner of the prize is Nikki from Great Yarmouth. She will receive a lovely ‘Goody Bag of the Season’ from Hotel Chocolat which will be on its way this week.

We picked Nikki’s name out of all the people who gave us these answers in the quiz – but which ones were right, and why?

Out of the all the women who contact Altrui about becoming an egg donor, how many do you think go on to donate?

The answer is a tiny 15% of all the generous women who enquire about donating their eggs actually go on to become donors.

There are several reasons for this. One is that when women find out what’s involved in egg donation, they sometimes realise it’s not for them or that they can’t fit the donation in round their life at that time. There are many myths about what it means and who can be an egg donor, but to find out what it really involves it’s best to get it from those that know.  Have a look through the Altrui website and you will get a clearer idea of what it’s all about and see if you can in principle be a donor.

We get regular enquiries from pregnant women because that’s often when women are most sensitive about how much their gift could mean to someone; however, because the process requires women to take hormones, egg donation will need to go on hold for a little while if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.

We appreciate every generous woman who gets in touch with an enquiry and through our service we try to make sure egg donors feel valued, respected and properly informed.

What is the most common reason for women deciding to donate eggs through Altrui?

Answer: Because they appreciate how difficult it must be, to be unable to have a family.

Many of the women who come and talk to us about egg donation have babies themselves and treasure their family life, so they understand just how much it hurts to miss out on that. All our egg donors go through the process because they can understand the pain of being surrounded by friends and family who have kids, to have that longing for a child, but not to be able to get pregnant and have a baby.

The compensation helps cover the cost of travelling to the clinic, missing work and paying for any childcare egg donors need – it means donors don’t lose out financially through their kindness. And of course, it’s hard not to think highly of someone who’s gone through so much to help a couple they have never met, but that’s not the main reason women become egg donors.



Donor-conceived people can get identifying information about their donor when they reach 18

Answer: To find out about their genetic heritage and understand their roots.

It’s well known these days that some donor-conceived people have a need to know about their donor and to get a sense of their heritage and where they come from. This is why the law changed in 2005 to make egg and sperm donors identifiable when the donor conceived person is an adult. A sense of identity is important for many people and donor-conceived people are adults when they can request this information from the HFEA. This is not about replacing their mum or dad but about understanding their roots. They will have no legal claim on you or your estate, and you will have no legal responsibility for them whatsoever.

We really hope you enjoyed our quick quiz – look out for more like this in the future. If you’d like to find out more about egg donation, see our information about egg donation with Altrui.

Alternatively, if you want to talk about any of the issues in this blog, or egg donation in general, you can contact us for a chat on 01969 667875 or email Alison and Cathy at info@altrui.co.uk.

April 15, 2014

Win some delicious chocolates in Altrui’s fun Easter egg donation quiz

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March 30, 2014

To all our Altrui egg donor mums

Mum and baby pic, by Sound of Sunshine, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20887814@N00/All this week, for Mothers’s Day, we’ve been sharing the stories of some of the women who are now mums thanks to an Altrui donor.

These beautiful words speak for themselves. You can see some of them on our Facebook page and here are some more.

Being a Mother – Catherine

My son’s beautiful smile when he sees me. Smiling back at him. Hearing him giggling when I chase him on all fours. Listening to him happily chattering away to himself. Seeing him discover his hands and feet. Watching his amazement as he stands for the first time. Seeing his excitement as our cats go racing by. Showing him the sea. Sitting with him in the garden. Cuddling him when he is upset. Laughing with him when he splashes in the bath. Helping him eat his favourite food – hearing him mmm in approval. Playing building blocks together. Stroking his hair when he is tired. Resting our heads together. Watching him sleep peacefully after a busy day exploring his world and all the new things in it. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful donor.

Fiona

When my GP told me I wouldn’t be able to have children I was completely shocked. I was 26 and although I wasn’t thinking about starting a family at that time, it was something that I had assumed would happen at some point. In that moment my thoughts of having a family were taken away – not just from me, but also from my partner. I was devastated. Since then it’s been a rocky journey, but as I sit and write this, five years since that initial appointment, I have been given the most amazing opportunity. I am pregnant with a baby due this summer, and eternally grateful to our egg donor who has given myself and my partner the opportunity to become parents. I may never know any more about our donor than the snippets of information provided through Altrui, but she will never be far from my thoughts. I hope that she (and other egg donors out there) know just how appreciated and life changing it is to be the recipient donor eggs.

Michele

Our baby is due next month and neither of us can quite believe we are in this lucky position. We have a daughter whom we conceived naturally but, despite many years of trying (and many different methods – acupuncture, Chinese tea, no booze, no caffeine, IVF etc), we were unable successfully to have a second child. Our daughter longed for a sibling and had suggested her own ideas which we might try (“you could knit one, Mummy”; “why don’t you just eat more and get fat, Mum, then a baby will come out?”). We longed for a second child to complete our family and for our daughter to have her much yearned-for sibling. Altrui and our special, wonderful donor have made this possible.

With Mothers’ Day approaching, we feel blessed that, if all goes well, we shall have two little visitors to our bed on Mothers’ Day morning next year and that, this year, we can enjoy talking through how life will be when Bump emerges with a very excited little girl.

Catherine

Soon I will be enjoying my first Mother’s day which will be a very happy day for me. When I found out that I was infertile, my life was turned upside down as having a child was something I had dreamt about since I was a young girl. I have always been a very maternal person and I chose a career working with children. The realisation that I could not have children was so painful, and over the years I watched my friends and family around me all having children with apparent ease and I wondered – why me? However, meeting Alison from Altrui gave me hope of the possibility of my dream coming true with the help of an egg donor.

I am now so lucky as with the assistance of an altruistic egg donor my husband and I have a beautiful baby boy. The selfless gift that our egg donor gave us has changed our lives forever and the painful hole in my heart has now disappeared. Our lives feel complete and every day I wake up and can’t wait to see our son and enjoy his smiles. Our egg donor has given us so much happiness and has made the most amazing experience in my life possible, being a Mum.

Sarah

The mother who enabled my husband and I to have a much longed for child is indeed an angel. To give the gift of life is the biggest and most blessed thing one can do for someone else. We now have a son who has changed our lives in the most astonishing way, a child, an angel, a son, a member of our family — we are now a family! I will never be able to thank our donor enough, I keep her in my prayers and though at times it is hard to believe that my child isn’t 100% me, I will never be able to forget the generosity of somebody and of course their family. It is so much more than giving an egg, it is a huge impact on yourself, family and partners, it is time from your life in thought and time. You give a part of you for no return except the assurance that you have changed someones life for the better.

These people are blessed.

March 30, 2014

Thank you to all our amazing egg donors

Beautiful bouquet copyright of http://www.flickr.com/photos/katigiblin/This week we’ve heard from some of our Altrui mums who have said just how much their egg donation means to them, especially on Mother’s Day. (If you want to read them again, check back on our Facebook page.)

So we’d like to give a big thanks to the wonderful egg donors who made it possible, for these mums, and for the others who have families today because egg donors have come forward.

Thank you to all our egg donors from Michele, Sarah, Catherine, Mary, Fiona, Susan, Sarah, Anne, Catherine, DD, Caroline, Becky, Marcelle, our anon mums, and from the Altrui team – we love working with you! And thank you from all our hopeful mums-to-be who are wishing next Mother’s Day they’ll be a mum too.

March 28, 2014

Altrui Offers Professional and Personalised Egg Donation Services

We always want the best for our clients, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure that each one of our clients experience the best personal service from beginning to end here at Altrui. Our team of experts offer professional and personalised service for both egg recipients and egg donors. This is why we are the UK’s premier source for egg donation services.

Who Do Altrui’s Egg Donation Services Benefit?

Egg donation may be recommended for those that have no ovaries, no eggs, or produce low-quality eggs. This may occur due to several factors including premature menopause, treatment for cancer, inherited conditions and more. If a woman has a low chance of becoming pregnant or is at a high risk of passing on an inherited disorder she may be referred for egg donation services.

What Are the Advantages of Egg Donation Services?

At Altrui we provide our clients with knowledge about the entire egg donation process from start to finish. We do this for both the donor and the recipient. Our success rates are high due to the fact that we screen all donors and those donating their eggs receive the highest level of care throughout the entire process. We match up egg donors with egg recipients here in the UK which means that you will not have to travel abroad to receive the best treatments available.
For more information about egg donation, contact us today. You can reach us by telephone on 01969 667 875 or you can reach us online by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with detailed information about the entire process. Please take the time to browse through our website to find out more information about how to become an egg donor or how to become an egg recipient.