My partner and I have been together for 15yrs. We want to know as much as possible about the donor. Does it matter if they do not have all the information available to us? We will began next month with IUI .
We're in the same boat - we're about to start our first attempt next month by IUI.
I think it's your call as to whether you care that they've filled everything out and whether there's a staff impressions report.
For us, it doesn't matter that they don't have all the information available. We narrowed down the two or three things that were important to us, and that's what we're using to narrow down our search. But we're having an impossible time deciding anyway. :)
For me, the audio interview really swung me into a decision I feel good about. The donor I chose obviously wrote out his answers in advance and spent a long time thinking about them, and his earnest thoroughness impressed me. The answers themselves... well, they sounded as if I'd written up a perfect donor, so that helped a lot.
Maybe hearing each donor's voice will help you with your decision more than the medical histories and height and weight and all that.
denisedc, GOOD LUCK :) Did it take ya'll long to pick a donor? It feels like forever and we have 16 in our short list :( We picked by hair color and eye color then short profile. The long profile is what i would like to pick by but we don't want to order 16 long profiles$$$$ we need to shorten our short list a bit. The staff impressions reports have helped alot so i learned to look at that first. thank you for the info and let us know how it goes twocajuns
Welll...we HAVEN'T picked yet. We're right there with you. We're down to 18.
For me, it starts with CMV status (which doesn't worry me, but I'm negative) and then height, since my family is short-ish.
Then my partner Julianne did a bunch of research on which ethnicities had the least health problems and then searched by ethnicity. Then we read each of the staff profiles and marked the names by the ones where attractiveness was mentioned.
It's just so random, because none of those criteria are necessarily meaningful. I think if Julianne has done some research, then she feels confident. On the other hand, I could happily use just about anyone, since they all sound pretty well-screened.
Imamomnow, I'm trying so hard to resist peeing on sticks! I had a blood test on the 7th, which they said was just to make sure my progesterone levels are right, and they said wouldn't do any other sort of test. The dcotor's office advised me to sit tight until the next blood test on the 14th. Ugh!
But I have no symptoms. I have tiredness, but it's hard to tell if that's a symptom--maybe it is, since it's 4pm here and I really could use a nap :D If you don't mind hearing TMI (cover your eyes if you'd rather not get into all the icky details), I had possible spotting on day 6 after the IUI, and have had really an awful lot of CM every day, which I think could be from the progesterone supplements? No tingling and my bra still fits fine, no excessive runs to the loo, no metallic taste in mouth, no more sensitivity to smells than I already have.
I go to a convention this weekend, and will try to keep distracted. I've had one friend look at me suspiciously when I turned down any wine or other drinks at her election-night to-do, and there will be a party at the convention where I'll also get to turn down some nice wine. ::crossing fingers hoping all suspicions are right::
twocajuns, I spent so much $$$ on long profiles and photos, not only here at CCB but with a couple of other places. Ironically, the donor I went with this month, the one I like so much, didn't have a baby photo. I relied a lot on the staff impression. After reading so many staff impressions, some of them start to sound alike, but others hang a slightly different ring, showing the donor had some quality that stood out. I hope :)
Alice, Hope this month will be you month. Best of luck to you. It is hard not to buy everything for every donor on our short ;) list of 16. Does the long profiles give you info about heart problems or things that could be passed on to the child? I also look at the staff impression to help us. fingers crossed for U :)
denisedc, ok did not know what CMV was but looked at the info and got it i have 4 donors in my short list that have a + for IgG but - for IgM i don't know if it is something i should X them for or not HELP
Nah, I don't think it's a big thing. It's a virus, the same one you get when you get the chicken pox, which I've never had.
When you get it, you test positive for it, even though you've overcome the illness. Most people of the world test positive for it.
My doctor says it's not a big deal, that there's some kind of infintessimal chance that I'd convert after having been exposed to it. She told me to kind of keep it in mind, but if I fall in love with a profile with a pos CMV, it's no biggie.
Obviously people procreate all the time with different statuses and have healthy babies.
And Alice, this is so exciting! I hope you have fun at your conference this weekend, and get enough distraction. Lots of luck and babydust to you!!!! :)
I would think twice about the CMV thing...I was told by my doctor to select only -/- (negative for both) since I myself am pos. There was someone else on here too who it turned out to be a BIG deal for. Her doc refused to do it and she had to pick an entirely different donor at the last minute because the doctor had not told her ahead of time. I want to say it was Alice? Alice, was that you? On the other hand, some docs have not felt it was a big deal. Just my 2 cents worth though.
Yes, the long profiles give you pretty extensive info. I was able to cross out one donor who sounded great in the short profile, but in the long turned out to have some problems I wasn't comfortable with.... I think he had had a tumor at birth and some alcoholism and Alzheimer's in the fam. The tumor had been operated on and he was fine, but it scared me a little. The other two things, I have a history of in my own family and wanted to try to decrease, not increase the genetic possibilities for my off spring. My point, being the long profiles are probably well worth the money, plus you find out some fun stuff about their families you wouldn't otherwise. Careers, educational info, special talents, personality quirks and what not....I narrowed down all my shorts to about 2 or 3 longs and then went for it. I'm 6 months today!
twocajuns, I was going to respond to a whole bunch of things that came up after my last post, but I see that everything I was going to say has already been said. Which is probably a good thing, because I'm getting just about too sleepy this evening to put together a coherent phrase. So of course I'm hoping this is a symptom. Also, have been running to the nearest loo practically on the hour, which is not at all normal for me (I'm such a camel).
On the long profiles, there are a few medical conditions I could let pass--say, cancer in a smoker--and others I wouldn't--diabetes, or heart conditions at a young age. But I'd want to see long-lived parents and grandparents (assuming they didn't die from an accident).