Ready to use Donor Sperm? (Step 2)

3 Steps to Follow: #2 Select a physician who can manage your medical care

Typically these are obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) or infertility specialists like Reproductive Endocrinologists (REs). Once you have selected a physician, you will meet with him/her to access your overall health issues involving a future pregnancy, the procedures that are best suited for your reproductive needs, and the timing of any attempts using Donor Insemination (DI).
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Ready to use Donor Sperm? (Step 1)

3 Steps to Follow: #1 Choose your Donor
Choosing the ideal sperm donor typically takes several weeks as you review all your options. Your physician may have some recommended sperm banks for you to consider. Sperm Banks are often called ‘Cryobanks’ because they store frozen (cryopreserved) specimens. Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc has an online donor list you can search and sort with your preferences. There are also personalized services that make the selection process easier that you can access by phone, email or chat.

Donors have detailed family and personal medical histories for your review. They undergo extensive screening including thorough medical examinations and testing for genetic diseases and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The FDA regulates the donor screening process and all sperm banks must comply and pass regular inspections. Testing standards between sperm banks differ, as some do more than the FDA requires so you may want to investigate this before choosing a sperm bank. We accept less than 1% of those who apply to become donors as we have exceptionally high standards for semen quality, healthy family and medical history and infectious and genetic disease testing.

For the donors that make it through the screening process, extensive donor information is available online. Not only can you select a donor based on physical characteristics and ethnic background, you can to listen to audio interviews, look at childhood and adult photographs, read personality profiles and essays, and even learn what our staff thinks of the donors they work with every day. Personal profiles include education, talents and many other unique aspects of the donor. Medical histories review health issues for the donor and his extended family. Donors who have been available for at least six months often have a history of a proven pregnancy.
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  • One of the few sperm banks fully accredited by the prestigious American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)
  • Large group of ethnically diverse donors with almost all donor information downloaded free
  • Semen units are priced very economically, especially when compared to other sperm banks who offer less testing and services
  • Founded over 40 years ago; CLI was the first private sperm bank in the country
  • Fully compliant with FDA regulations governing reproductive tissue banks (21 CFR Part 1271)
  • Laboratory technicians must pass American Board of Bioanalysis (AAB) proficiency testing
  • Licensed and inspected by the states of MD, CA, and NY
  • Tank monitoring by REES’s SEER system (dedicated 24 hour monitoring system) providing exceptional specimen quality assurance
  • CLIA certification (laboratory certification provided by the Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Personalized donor selection services such as Photo Matching and Donor Selection Counseling
  • Detailed donor information including Lifetime Photos and Baby Photos
  • Accredited with the Better Business Bureau

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How Important is Finding a CMV Negative Donor?

Blog written by CLI Family Forum Moderator Desiree

Cytomegalovirus, commonly called CMV, is a member of the herpes virus family that includes chicken pox, cold sores, and infectious mononucleosis (mono). Most individuals are exposed to CMV in childhood and have a mild infection similar to a typical cold, while the immune system develops antibodies to fight the infection. The virus remains alive, but becomes dormant, or hides, inside certain cells for the rest of the person’s lifetime. Pregnant women who are infected for the first time during pregnancy usually recover completely with few or no symptoms. However, the unborn baby is at risk for congenital infection. Twenty percent of babies born with an infection develop medical complications over the first few years of life.

Many donors on the Cryogenic Laboratories catalog are CMV positive, because 50-85% of Americans have been exposed to the virus and therefore test positive. Some women on the forum discussion boards who have tested negative for CMV are frustrated by the lack of negative donors. Many have spent time searching for the perfect physical traits and personality characteristics, only to find out the donor has a positive CMV status. Although none of the vials sold by the cryobank have active infections of CMV, it is still a concern to women who are worried about having a healthy baby.

The CLI Family Forums have some interesting comments about this controversial topic. Some women have discussed this problem with their fertility specialist and were surprised to be given the green light on choosing a CMV positive donor. Some women have decided that the best donor features outweigh the minimal risk of contracting CMV. One user of the board joked light-heartedly on how she was grumpy she never contracted this mild disease prior. And one woman pointed out that you don’t get to test your partners in the field for CMV and people don’t seem too concerned about that. The CLI Family Forum discussion boards are a great way to find out more resources about common concerns that people utilizing donor sperm encounter.

CLI BlogCryogenic Laboratories does highly recommend that women who are negative should use a CMV negative donor. However, the use of a CMV positive donor is allowed. While the risk is not zero, the chance of transmitting congenital CMV to a developing fetus from semen used at the time of conception is extremely low. This is, however, a medical issue that should be discussed with your physician prior to purchasing semen.

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  • We are committed to being an industry leader in the screening and testing of our donors.
  • The health and safety of our clients and their offspring are our paramount concern and shall not be compromised.
  • We will comply not only with the spirit and the promulgated standards of all regulatory bodies governing our activities, but also with our internal policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that our donor sperm and cryobanking services are of the highest quality, we will always strive to improve our processes and quality system.
  • We are committed to protecting the anonymity of our donors and clients, and maintaining the confidentiality of their medical and personal information.
  • Everyone who has contact with our clients will be courteous, professional, and compassionate with the objective of providing a high level of service and satisfaction.
  • We recognize that trust and credibility are the basis for our success. Therefore, we will operate ethically and with the highest level of integrity with donors, clients, and physicians.

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Planning For a Donor Insemination (Part II): Placing Your Order

Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM

The last step in the donor insemination planning process is to place your semen order.

Either you or your health-care provider may place an order. Before placing the order, please check availability online or by calling Client Services. We recommend placing your first order over the phone. This allows us to work together placing the order and helps prepare you for subsequent orders. You may do so by contacting Client Services at 800-466-2796. We also provide online ordering for anonymous donor sperm and additional information through our Donor Search.

At the time of your order you will need the following information:

-Patient name, address, and phone number

-Medical Professional’s name and shipping address

-Donor number

-Number of units and preparation type (Pre-washed IUI, Standard ICI, IVF)

-Date the units need to arrive at the provider’s office

-Payment information

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Planning For a Donor Insemination (Part I): How to Get Started

Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM

Here at CLI, we recognize that the donor insemination process may seem somewhat confusing and overwhelming. To help, we have created the following guide that takes you step-by-step through the ordering process.

1. Establish an Account

Establishing an account is easy. Simply read our Terms of Use Letter, which explains what to expect from our donor program and what we expect from you when purchasing and utilizing our services. The fourth page of this document must be completed and returned prior to shipment of any donor specimens. Also be sure to read the Must Read Before You Buy Document as it gives advice on topics that are commonly asked about, including donor availability, our specimen quality standard and limits on donor births. Feel free to contact Client Services for assistance if needed.

2. Verify Your Physician has Established an Account

Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc (CLI) requires that all patients are working with a Licensed Physician/Medical Professional. Our Client Services department can verify if your physician already has an established account by calling 800-466-2796. If an account has not already been established, a physician account set up form can be faxed directly to your physician’s office by providing a fax number to one of our Client Services Specialists. If you do not already have a Licensed Physician, we will be able to provide you a list of physicians in your area who specialize in reproductive medicine.

3. Choosing Your Donor Match

The CLI Donor Search and the Client Services Specialists are useful tools to assist you in making your important donor selection. Our interactive donor search allows you to search by several specific criteria that are most important to you. Please be aware that if you choose an ID Options donor, you will be required to complete and return a signed ID Options Patient Agreement. This form is donor specific and will need to be mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed at least one business day before you place your order.

Additional information is available on most of the donors, most of which is downloaded for FREE. Items available on most of the donors include childhood photos, medical and personal profiles, audio interviews, staff impressions, silhouettes and donor essays. If you prefer, you can choose to have these mailed for a fee. Other items, which are available for a minimal fee include personality testing (Keirsey donor reports or your own test), Lifetime photos, photo matching and our donor selection consultation. Our client services team can answer any inquiries you may have, provide donor availability, and direct you through the process.

Due the high demand for certain donors, we recommend having several donors selected (at least three) in case your preferred donor sells out. You also have the ability to select a donor well in advance of your procedure and purchase specimens now and have them stored until you need them. Read more about our Vial Buy & Store and Vial Buy Back programs.

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Forum Connections

The CLI Family Forum is a wonderful place to go for support and questions. It is made up of a fun group of people in various stages of their journey to building their family.

Check out some of these great topics!

I need to choose the sperm today (last chance for various reasons) but am so confused as to whether or not have a CMV positive donor.

“We are potentially looking for a frozen embryo donation. IVF with a donated egg looks like one of our last options. We’re quite saddened by this, and also at the rising costs of this “maybe baby”.”

“I am going to be doing IUI with donor sperm in the near future. My husband and I chose this route after he had 2 failed vasectomy reversals. We hope to conceive this winter with a donor from CLI. I would love to connect and share my journey with others that are going through a similar situation.”

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ASRM Information on Embryo Donation

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) fact sheet on Embryo Donation.

 ”What is embryo donation?

In the current practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF), some patients may create more embryos (fertilized eggs) than they need. The extra embryos may be cryopreserved (frozen) so that they can be transferred later. However, sometimes these embryos may not be used. These patients have the option to have their embryos discarded, donated to research or donated to another woman to achieve pregnancy.

Who receives donated embryos?

The use of donated embryos may be considered by women with untreatable infertility that involves both partners, untreatable infertility in a single woman, recurrent pregnancy loss thought to be related to the embryo, and genetic disorders affecting one or both partners.

What are the legal implications of donor embryo usage?

Recipients should seek legal counsel from a lawyer specializing in family issues. This lawyer should be familiar with state laws regarding parentage of transferred embryos during pregnancy and after birth. Where there is little legal precedent regarding the use of donor embryos, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends that the recipient accept full responsibility for the transferred embryo(s) and resulting children.

ASRM also recommends that the recipient release the donors and the assisted reproduction program from any and all liability from any potential complications of the pregnancies, congenital abnormalities, heritable diseases, or other complications of the embryo donation.

How successful is embryo donation at achieving pregnancy?

Success rates with embryo donation depend on the quality of the embryos at the time that they were frozen, the age of the woman who provided the eggs and the number of embryos transferred.”

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Fun Stuff in Sperm Donor World

Picking the perfect donor can be stressful. The cost of medical bills for insemination can be overwhelming. The timing of cycles is often confusing. Try to relax and take a break by engaging in some fun things on the CLI website.

Blood Type Predictor: There are tables on this page that help determine the most likely blood types of offspring born to parents with the blood types listed.

Birthday Calculator: Enter the date of your insemination for the approximate birthday of your child.

Share Your Story: Take a few minutes to share your amazing journey into parenthood with CLI. We love to hear from you!

Resource List: Check out some great books suggestions for all different family dynamics.

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