FCC Fertility Blog

Fertility Blog from Fertility Center of California.

Gender Selection: Why It's Used and If It's Right for Your Family

Many people assume that gender selection is only used because some couples simply have a personal preference. Although this may be true for some couples, it is unfair to assume this is always the case. There are actually a few different reasons why some couples decide to use gender selection in order to choose whether or not their future child will be male or female.

How does gender selection work?

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What Cancer Patients Need to Know About Fertility Before and After Treatment

For many cancer patients in the past few decades, the time immediately after their diagnosis was solely dedicated to forming an effective treatment plan, often including chemotherapy and radiation without factoring fertility into the process. However, in recent years, male and female cancer patients have options to preserve their fertility, thanks to advances in reproductive technology and cryopreservation.

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Three Sperm Donation Myths You Probably Believe

Whether you’ve decided to use donor sperm to build your family or if you’re considering becoming a donor yourself, there are still plenty of rumors out there regarding donation and using donor sperm.

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Why Are International Sperm Banks Running Low?

Sperm banks in countries such as the U.K. and China are anxious to grow their sperm donor databases. As more couples and individuals look to grow their families using third-party reproduction, there is a higher need for donated sperm. The U.K.’s national sperm bank is currently overdrawn due to a combination of fewer donors and this increased need for sperm.

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5 Reasons to Choose FCC for Donor Sperm and Cryobanking (for Patients)

We understand that the decision to use a sperm donor to build your family may have come after a long journey - one filled with many important decisions about fertility testing, treatment and third-party reproduction. Making a decision to use a donor isn’t always clear-cut, but now that it’s done, you’ll need to select the right sperm bank to find a donor.

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Choose Long-term Storage at FCC (for Physicians and Fertility Clinics)

Types of storage offered at FCC:

Egg Storage (oocytes) is for all women concerned with their future fertility, including cancer patients, those with high-risk careers (military personnel, fire fighters, police officers), high-impact athletes, transgender clients, and those who have not yet found a life partner. In 2012, the ASRM lifted the experimental label on egg freezing and now considers it an accepted and recommended method.

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Top Sperm Donor FAQs

At the Fertility Center of California (FCC), we work with sperm donors and future parents to keep the sperm donation process as simple and straightforward as possible for all parties. Even though it is far less of a complex procedure for men to donate sperm than for women to donate eggs, that doesn’t mean potential sperm donors won’t have questions about the process.

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How to Talk to Your Child about Sperm Donation

Whether or not your partner and you used a sperm donor to have a baby, children are prone to ask “Where did I come from?”

It’s a completely understandable question, one that parents often struggle to answer, even those who conceived naturally. Explaining reproduction to your child can be tricky – many parents want to offer age-appropriate, but honest answers – yet how do you find the right balance? Especially, when adding the concept of sperm donation into the mix?

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Sperm Freezing Offers Opportunities to Build Families Post-Cancer Diagnosis

Sometimes, when a patient is experiencing a fertility issue, it may be a symptom or side effect of a more serious health condition. In the case of a recent patient, the patient’s fertility concerns led Dr. Bastuba to detect the beginning stages of a severe problem, which permitted immediate treatment before the condition became life threatening.

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3 Potential Signs of Male Infertility & When to Talk to a Specialist

Talking to a fertility specialist when you are having difficulty conceiving can seem like a big step. Many couples are surprised when they are not able to conceive and often assume the reason is a female fertility issue (a common misconception). Reasons for infertility are split about equally, 1/3 female factor, 1/3 male factor and 1/3 unexplained.

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