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Tips for donors in preparation for retrieval

  Once a donor has been matched with a family and the initial excitement takes a back foot, most donors have plenty of questions about the next steps in the process — some even have fears leading up to the egg retrieval.   This is all normal, but we have found that the more informed donors are, the better prepared and confident they are with the experience ahead.  We spend a lot of time educating and advising our donors, hand holding and ensuring that the process is an easy one for them. Here are some tips that can help donors through the last steps leading up to their egg retrieval: Notify your employer when you receive your medication schedule and clear your time for the lead up appointments and possible travel for your donation:  Many of our donors will travel for their donation. Some will be fortunate to have a local donation, but this is rare.   The estimated retrieval date will be on your medication schedule which is given to you from the Ferti
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