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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. Most men don’t know to keep an eye on their fertility in the same way women do – so when it turns out the fertility issue is male factor, this can come as particularly surprising.

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The Future of In-Vitro Fertilization: 3-Donor IVF

The latest hot topic in science news is at the center of some controversy, and spotlights current innovations in fertility treatments: Three donor In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Many news outlets are eager to share personal opinions on this life-changing procedure, and some even scrutinize it to a demeanor of a “wacky sci-fi plot”. However, such demeaning connotations to breakthrough research that creates opportunities for healthy future families should not be abashed so hastily. As Albert Einstein once said, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it”.

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Dr. Bastuba Receives Grant to Pursue Pioneering Stem Cell Research

Dr. Martin Bastuba and Dr. Peter Hanson have recently joined forces to work on the scarcely researched field of cryopreservation of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells. The newly founded team has acquired grant support from the Cell Surgical Network (CSN) in their innovative pursuit of stem cell storage.

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How Pre-Vasectomy Sperm Banking Works

Sperm banking offers men the opportunity to preserve their fertility for the future. When a man chooses to use a sperm bank to freeze or cryopreserve his sperm, he is making use of the advanced medical technology available today.

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Should I Donate My Sperm? 3 Reasons to Consider Sperm Donation

Sperm donation offers donors the opportunity to change the lives of a couple unable to have a child without a sperm donor’s help. Infertility is a more widespread issue than most people realize, and in the U.S., 30% of cases in which a couple is unable to conceive exist due to a male factor fertility issue. There may be considerable humor found in the average conversation about sperm donation, but humor aside, sperm donation is often a couple’s last hope to have a child.

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5 Health Benefits of Masturbation

Chances are, you can tick off a few reasons why masturbation is considered to be a real health benefit – but there are likely many reasons you would not have guessed so easily. Masturbation can be a very private, personal topic, but this does not mean that you should shy away from learning about how masturbation can benefit your health.

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Sperm Banking for Cancer Patients: @Home Sperm Freeze Kit

Facing a recent cancer diagnosis is already immensely difficult, but having your doctor tell you that your future fertility may be compromised as a result of cancer treatment is an entirely different level of distress for many men. Though potentially lifesaving, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments can negatively affect a person’s fertility. Due to this risk, many men are turning toward fertility preservation to help ensure their future families.

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How Can Sperm Washing Help AI & IVF?

Sperm washing is an important procedure that is used prior to artificial insemination (AI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sperm washing prepares a man’s sperm by removing chemicals from the semen. These chemicals could be harmful during a future pregnancy and can cause adverse reactions in the female’s uterus. 

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