Guaranteed Availability: VIAL BUY & STORE

You find the donor you want now but are uncertain if his specimens will still be available when you need them. 

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You have one child by a CLI donor and would like to plan a second child by the same donor.

You can keep your fingers crossed and hope your donor will be available when you need him. The more prudent option is to buy doses ahead and store them at Cryogenic Laboratories. It guarantees your donor of choice is already put aside for you, and you won’t find yourself disappointed if he sells out. A donor can sell out at any time, so being prepared makes sense.

All semen specimens are stored in liquid nitrogen tanks equipped with automatic fill devices and alarm systems. CLI offers several different billing options, including monthly and more economical long-term storage agreements. Patients pay one fee  regardless of how many specimens they choose to store. Specimens in storage may be shipped to the health care provider of your choice for the current handling and shipping charges. They can also be shipped to your home if the appropriate home consent forms have been completed.

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What did you say?

Blog written by CLI Family Forum Moderator Desiree

After the last blog article about abbreviations, I came up with another list to help users navigate the technology lingo often found throughout the CLI Family Forums.

Here are a few common medical abbreviations used on the forum that are usually found in posts discussing inseminations or pregnancy testing.

AF: Aunt Flo – female menstrual cycle

OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kit

BBT: Basal Body Temperature – used to pinpoint when ovulation has occurred and determine future patterns for predicting ovulation

LH: Luteinizing Hormone – hormone that increases briefly just prior to ovulation

POAS: Pee On A Stick – in reference to taking a home pregnancy test

HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – hormone produced by the body that pregnancy tests use to establish positive results

Beta: beta HCG levels are tested at a physician’s office to confirm pregnancy

BFP: Big Fat Positive – Pregnant

BFN: Big Fat Negative – Not Pregnant

IVF: In Vitro Fertilization

FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer

CLI BlogNow that you understand some of these abbreviations you can confidently join the discussions of the CLI Family Forums.

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Forum Abbreviations Explained

Blog written by CLI Family Forum Moderator Desiree

Technology has opened the world to a whole new form of communication. The CLI Family Forums offer the opportunity to connect with other people who have utilized donor sperm to start a family. This is a great resource for those who are just starting their insemination journey. However, the medical terminology can be overwhelming and the abbreviations used by forum members can make it even more confusing.

Here are a few of the most common abbreviations used in the forum discussion boards:

SMC: Single Mother by Choice

dh/dw/dd/ds/dp: a reference to members of one’s family such as dear husband, dear wife, dear daughter, dear son, dear partner

TTC: Trying To Conceive / Time To Conceive

BBT: Basal Body Temperature – used to pinpoint when ovulation has occurred and determine future patterns for predicting ovulation

RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist – a doctor that identifies and treats infertility

2WW/TWW: Two week wait – this is the time between the end of your fertility treatment cycle and the test that confirms pregnancy

HPT: Home Pregnancy Test

POAS: Pee On A Stick – in reference to taking a home pregnancy test

hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – hormone produced by the body that pregnancy tests use to establish positive results

BFP: Big Fat Positive – Pregnant

BFN: Big Fat Negative – Not Pregnant

PM: Private message – Electronic message similar to an e-mail but is viewed only through the forum

CLI BlogNow that you have learned some of the donor sperm lingo, check out the CLI Family Forums to put it to good use. It’s a fun way to interact with others online.

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Healthy Babies

Blog written by Director of Client Development Michael Buuck, MS

If you want to avoid an awkward an uncomfortable situation, do not congratulate a woman on her pregnancy until after she’s told you she is pregnant. Fortunately, I haven’t made that mistake but I have recently congratulated a friend on her pregnancy (after she told me she was pregnant).

One of the questions I asked her was if she would prefer to have a boy or girl. She said she didn’t care as much about the sex of the baby as long as he or she was healthy. Having a healthy baby is something all expectant mothers want and it’s also a desire for the many women who choose to become pregnant through the use of donor sperm. Women who elect to use donor sperm want to know that the donor they choose has been fully tested and screened, so they can increase their chances of having a healthy baby.

To assure that all donors are healthy, sperm banks have an extensive screening process which is intentionally designed to be rigorous and exclude any applicants that don’t meet the high standards and qualifications. This screening process involves a lengthy health questionnaire; physical exam; medical, genetic and infectious disease testing; a thorough sperm quality evaluation and several in-person interviews with staff. The process results in less than 1% of donor applicants being accepted as donors.

In the general population, every pregnancy has about a 3%-4% risk of producing a child with a birth defect or mental deficiency. The screening and testing of donors reduces that risk but cannot eliminate it. Sperm banks provide as much donor information as possible, so prospective mothers can make an informed choice. If someone tells me they are considering using donor sperm, I assure them that sperm banks are committed to providing donor sperm that produce healthy babies.

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Stress may hinder fertility chances

Blog written by CLI Family Forum Moderator Desiree

It is well known that excessive, chronic stress can negatively affect the health of our bodies. Deciding to start a family is a very big decision and life change for many people. It is only natural to start feeling some anxiety and increased tension after several unsuccessful tries to conceive a child. Some women on the CLI Family Forum discussion boards attribute their fertility struggles to overwhelming stress.

They claim as they reduced or eliminated stress they had a successful insemination. But it isn’t easy to calm your nerves when all you want is to have a happy, healthy family. So here are some suggestions from some women on the forum to help you reduce stress levels during this process:

  • Become educated on the insemination process. The extra research and knowledge will help you feel more in control of your situation and your choices.
  • Trust your intuition and your body. If something doesn’t feel right to you, discuss it with your doctor. Many women on the board ended up switching doctors because they weren’t comfortable with their first one.
  • Get a massage the day before your insemination. This is not only a great way to reduce extra muscle tension, but it also gives you some time to calm your mind and relax.
  • Some women on the forum utilized acupuncture to reduce stress and enhance fertility.
  • Fresh air is a must for good health and low stress. Go for a brisk walk outside and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Try your best to stay positive during the two week wait after your insemination until you know if it worked. This may be the longest two weeks of your life, so try to keep your mind focused on other activities.

CLI BlogVisit the CLI Family Forums to get encouragement from others who have gone through the same thing. Good luck on reducing your stress. Once you have your baby a whole new level of stress will develop. But that is for another post.

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So Many Options

Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM

These days, those who use donor sperm to conceive have more options than ever. The search tools for donor catalogs are extremely advanced, allowing a woman or couple to narrow down her ideal donor based on many characteristics: his physical attributes, his ancestry or education, whether or not he is Identity Option (ID Option), just to name a few.

I think exploring the reason why one donor is chosen over another is a very interesting topic. Did the couple choose that donor because he had black curly hair? Was the donor being ID Option the most important characteristic to the single woman who chose him? Is the fact that the donor is anonymous the most appealing thing about his profile, or is it his occupation or religious beliefs that make him the ideal donor for a particular woman or couple?

I often wonder what sort of expectations someone has when they choose a donor, beyond the obvious desire to conceive and have a baby. Does she (or they) plan to tell their child he or she was conceived using a sperm donor? Or if we flip the coin to the people who chose anonymous donors, do they plan to never disclose that information to their child (children)? Do they plan to use CLI Family Forums or the Donor Sibling Registry to connect with others who used the same donor? Would their ideal situation be to use an “exclusive” type donor who has been limited to maybe a couple of recipients?

These days, most cryobanks have advanced search tools that allow their clients many options to narrow down their donor selection. There are other resources available to families who have children who were donor-conceived, whether it be contacting the cryobank by email/phone/online chat, or social media. Further, donor families can connect via CLI Family Forums, the Donor Sibling Registry, and various other groups.

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4 Facts About HPV You Need to Know

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most widespread sexually transmitted virus and 80 per cent of the world’s population will contract it once.

1. There are more than 100 types of HPV

HPV affects the skin and any moist membranes such as the lining of the mouth, throat, cervix and anus. Different types affect different parts of the body and cause different lesions.

Each different type has been assigned a number and approximately 40 strains of HPV affect the genital area. These are then divided into low risk strains which have no risk for cancer and those which can cause cancer.

The low risk types, such as HPV 6 and 11 cause non-cancerous genital warts. High risk types such as HPV 16 and 18 can cause cervical cancer and cancers of the anus, vagina, vulva, penis and some head and neck cancers.

2. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by just two strains of HPV

Two strains of HPV (types 16 and 18), cause the vast majority of cervical cancers. Those infected typically have no symptoms for many years before cancer develops. Many men who are infected with HPV will not have any symptoms.

3. Sperm donors CAN be screened for HPV

Most sperm banks only do a physical exam to gather information about possible HPV infection. This will miss many men who are indeed infected and could pass the virus in their sperm donations.

Our view is that self-reported medical histories and physical examinations are insufficient to screen for HPV and that a DNA based test provides an additional level of safety to our donor sperm. The medical literature supports our position.

Since 2001, we have been testing the semen of our donors for HPV 16 and 18 at the time they are being screened for initial donor eligibility, and thereafter every three months while they are donating. By testing semen samples at 3 month intervals, we increase the chances of detecting the presence of HPV earlier than via the visual detection methods typically performed during a routine physical exam given at 6 month intervals in most tissue banking operations.

We cite a study (Human Papillomavirus DNA Detection in Sperm Using Polymerase Chain Reaction, Obstet Gynecol 2001;97:357-60) that concludes: “HPV is present in sperm cells from infected and apparently healthy subjects, and sperm washing does not eliminate the risk of HPV transmission to recipients. We suggest that HPV DNA testing should be done on the semen of prospective donors, and those with positive tests should be excluded from donation.”

4. Fairfax Cryobank is the ONLY sperm bank doing DNA based testing for HPV

The HPV testing was developed at the Molecular Infectious Disease Laboratory (MIDL) of the Genetics & IVF Institute. MIDL was established in 1998, and is a cutting edge CLIA-certified facility dedicated to infectious disease diagnostics using exclusively high sensitivity PCR (DNA) amplification methods. Prior to offering the HPV test in 2001, approximately 10,000 assays were performed. MIDL is directed by Brian D. Mariani, Ph.D., who has 25 years experience in molecular genetics, microbiology and biotechnology and was trained at Stanford and Harvard universities. The lab participates in the College of American Pathology nucleic-acid amplification survey program (including HPV detection) and maintains a 100% accuracy score.

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Two Week Wait Anxiety

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. They may help keep you calmer and less stressed about the process.

So where do you find others who are going through fertility treatments? Well you are in luck- the CLI Family Forums were created just for you! Check out the CLI Family Forums to keep your mind occupied, get support from others with similar experiences, and perhaps you will find a member who is on a similar testing scedule.

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The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your Ideal Donor

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

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ASRM Video Understanding Fertility

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.

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