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Two Week Wait Anxiety

April 10, 2014

If you have just completed an insemination with donor sperm, you are probably anxiously waiting to test to see if you are pregnant! It may seem like the longest two weeks in your entire life. A great option during this time is to find support from other people who understand what you are going through. more…

The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your Ideal Donor

March 28, 2014

If you are thinking “Where do I start?,” this eBook will help answer your questions about the donor selection process. Determine which donor category is right for you Recognize the importance of knowing your CMV status Create a list of required characteristics/traits Get to know your donor Utilize all resources to finalize your donor selection more…

ASRM Video Understanding Fertility

March 24, 2014

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has an introduction video about understanding fertility in various aspects. This is a great place to start for anyone who is considering using donor sperm or having trouble conceiving.

Donor Sperm for Couples experiencing Male Infertility

March 12, 2014

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. The CDC website lists data from a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. They found that 7.5% of sexually experienced men under the age of 45 have visited a fertility doctor. These men visited a fertility doctor, presumably, due to an inability to conceive. Eighteen percent were more…

Improving the Odds When TTC

March 4, 2014

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank stff JM So you’re ready to try to conceive. Perhaps you’re in the right place in your career, in your relationship, in your life to start building a family, or maybe you’re ready for a new addition to the family you already have. Have you thought about improving your chances for more…

Infertility Insurance Coverage

February 26, 2014

An interesting article for those who are dealing with infertility issues was published in the Salt Lake Tribune today. The news story is following a proposed bill that would introduce infertility coverage to insurance plans in Utah. The article “Bill would allow insurance for infertility treatments“ discusses how it would be financially beneficial in covering more…

What Sort of Guy Donates Sperm?

February 20, 2014

Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM Sperm donors. We can generally say they’re attractive, educated, healthy men. Some are taller than others, differences in hair and eye colors abound, not to mention ancestry! I’m just scratching the surface here on all the physical characteristics. But I’d like to talk about what’s behind the handsome face. more…

Embryo Implantation

February 11, 2014

A great article from Live Science briefly explains some new research that may answer some questions about why certain embryos do not implant during IVF procedures. The article Fate of a Fertilized Egg: Why Some Embryos Don’t Implant talks about having the proper levels of trypsin for preparing the body for implantation of the embyro. This more…

Plan, Prep, Important Steps: Being Recognized As the Parent – For Lesbian Couples

February 3, 2014

Blog written by Cryobank Staff JM One of my friends, I’ll call her Jane, is expecting her first child, due this spring.  It’s wonderful to witness the joy on her face, and to see how excited her wife is!  They have been planning and preparing for each moment in this amazing journey for a very more…

Optimizing Natural Fertility

January 27, 2014

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) fact sheet on Optimizing Natural Fertility. What can I do to improve my chances of conceiving naturally? Before attempting pregnancy, a woman should make sure she is healthy enough for pregnancy by adopting a healthier lifestyle and taking prenatal vitamins. If she has a medical or genetic condition, she should more…