I've been a total slacker about posting lately, but that's because I'm off birth control and just waiting for the next cycle to go ahead. However, Joy left a comment that I thought I'd respond to here.
I look at some of the ads that show up over on the side there ----> (click on the, btw - i get like $0.05!) and I noticed that some of them were for agencies and lawyers and such. This was a bit of a surprise to me because I am with a clinic rather than an agency. My clinic (Washington Fertility Center, who also has the occasional ad over there) is fabulous.
The way they work it is work is to have us go through the screening and then put us up for browsing. You can search profiles of donors on their website and there is also a big book at the clinic. Patients at the clinic pick donors from this pool. I love the system. I am with the same doctors all the time, and I like knowing that the recipients are coming in and dealing with the same people I'm seeing. Also, because everything goes on under one roof, there are no legal problems. The clinic handles everything, so there is really nowhere intermediate parties become involved. The contract I sign and the recipients sign is very clear about the total anonymity, and the clinic goes to great pains to preserve that. As I mentioned before, they move us into closed rooms on the morning of retrievals just to make sure we don't accidentally run into the recipients that morning.
How about you, dear readers? Are you with clinics or agencies? How do you like them?