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Are You Emotionally Ready to Use a Sperm Donor?

Until you and your partner are faced with a potential infertility diagnosis, the idea of using a sperm donor to have a baby likely didn’t cross your mind. However, using a sperm donor is not uncommon: one in eight couples struggle to conceive without reproductive care. 

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LGBT Family Building Through Sperm Donation

The Fertility Center of California (FCC) welcomes and supports growing families of all shapes and sizes, and the LGBT community is certainly no exception. Sperm donation services are essential for same-sex female couples planning to have a baby either through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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The Top Three Candidates for Male Fertility Preservation

Because male fertility is not as directly affected by age as female fertility, efforts to preserve or “save” male fertility often go unnoticed. Male fertility preservation may not be essential for every man who hopes to build his family in the future, but there are certain candidates for which the procedure would be greatly beneficial -- they may just be unaware that they have that option.

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What Does a Semen Analysis Look For?

One of the first steps taken for any patient of the Fertility Center of California (FCC) is a semen analysis. If a fertility issue is suspected for any reason, a semen analysis is conducted to evaluate sperm quality. 

Sperm counts can vary significantly between one submission and another, so two or three semen analyses are typically conducted in order to make a final diagnosis. Patients should keep in mind that they will need to abstain from ejaculation for two to five days before the screening.

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How to Choose a Sperm Bank

When using a sperm donor to build your family, there are important decisions to make regarding the sperm bank you will use, what type of sperm donor you will use, the qualities you are searching for in a donor, and how to search for your ideal candidate. This process may seem overwhelming, but for those couples and individuals who use third-party reproduction services to have a baby, the process is made simple by working with a qualified sperm bank with a stellar reputation and qualified, experienced leadership.

What should I look for in a sperm bank?

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What Could Disqualify a Potential Sperm Donor?

You might be surprised to learn that not every man is qualified to become a sperm donor. Sperm donor programs like the one at the Fertility Center of California (FCC) have donor requirements and pre-donation screening protocols, and not everyone who applies meets these standards. There are a few different factors that could disqualify a potential sperm donor from joining FCC’s donor program, some of which are surprising to those who apply to donate.

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Five Everyday Activities That Can Hurt Your Sperm Count

Healthy sperm is something that men may not think about until they and their partner decide to build their family. In cases of infertility, women are typically the first to be tested weeks or even months before the male partner is considered. Many are surprised to learn that one-third of infertility cases are attributed to men – the same statistical percentage of infertility cases attributed to women. The remaining third is actually attributed to an unknown cause, referred to as “unexplained” infertility.

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Can I Become a Sperm Donor with the Fertility Center of California?

Are you interested in becoming a sperm donor? The Fertility Center of California (FCC) is welcoming applicants to our sperm donor program.

Sperm donor requirements

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The Fertility Center of California Mentorship Program with Dr. Martin Bastuba

Dr. Martin Bastuba is the Tissue Bank Scientific Director and President of the Fertility Center of California (FCC). His is one of only 2% of board-certified urologists in the U.S. who specializes in male fertility treatment. Since 1993, Dr. Bastuba has helped countless couples and individuals build their families through infertility treatment and third-party reproduction, specifically sperm donation.

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National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) Supports the Need for Sperm Donation

Hosted by RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) will take place on April 24th – April 30th. To honor and demonstrate our support for NIAW, the Fertility Center of California seeks to highlight the substantial need and value of third-party reproductive services like sperm donation.

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