FCC Fertility Blog

Fertility Blog from Fertility Center of California.

The Sperm Quality Improvement Checklist

There are a few ways a man’s sperm quality can be less than optimal when the time comes for it to fertilize an egg:

●     Its volume is lower than 1.5 ml

●     Its concentration is lower than 20 million sperm per ml

●     Its motility (percentage of sperm moving) is below 50%

●     It’s misshapen or prone to clumping

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The Top 5 Questions Asked by Sperm Donors

Being an anonymous sperm donor is a generous choice. You’ll be supplying the missing piece for a woman or a couple that needs sperm to conceive. This can be especially helpful for lesbian intended parents and men with male factor infertility.

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Egg and Embryo Storage at Fertility Center of California

If you are ready to preserve your fertility, Fertility Center of California (FCC) has designed a state-of-the-art storage facility for eggs and embryos (eggs fertilized with sperm) in San Diego, California. We offer multiple storage options and payment plans to suit your needs and your budget. The most important focus for FCC is the security of your family’s future.

Why cryopreserve

Here are many reasons you might decide to preserve your eggs or embryos for a later time:

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What Makes a Sperm Bank Trustworthy?

Whether you’re looking for a sperm donor for assisted reproduction, want to preserve your own sperm for future conception or want to become a sperm donor, trusting your sperm bank is paramount. Many individual's top considerations will revolve around privacy, screening standards, convenience, legacy and professionalism.

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Is There a Link Between Age and Male Fertility?

There is a scientifically proven link between age and declining male fertility. Many people assume age affects only female fertility. However, studies have shown male fertility lessens as men age, too. The following examines the link between age and male fertility and proposes some options for protecting fertility if you’re not quite ready to build your family today.

Changes to male sexual function

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Male Sexual Health and How It Affects Fertility

You might be thinking that male sexual health and fertility are separate concerns. For instance, you could be enjoying a fulfilling sex life, but your female partner hasn’t conceived. Or you could be aware of a sexual issue — such as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or impotence — but unaware that it might have negative effects on your fertility.

Sexual health and fertility are connected in more ways than one. We’ll break down the connections and explore how and why good male sexual health is important to your family-planning goals.

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How Artificial Insemination / IUI Works

Artificial Insemination (AI) refers to the process of a physician inserting sperm directly into a woman’s uterus (IUI), cervix (ICI), or fallopian tubes. Artificial insemination is used in cases of male and female infertility as well as for LGBT family building.

IUI, intrauterine insemination, is the most popular form of artificial insemination.

How Artificial Insemination Works

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Do I Still Need to Care about the Zika Virus?

The Zika virus might not have made many news headlines so far this summer; however, that does not mean those attempting to conceive can assume the virus no longer poses a serious concern.

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How to Make the Most of a Male Fertility Consultation

A consultation with a male fertility specialist is the first step toward receiving a diagnosis and determining whether fertility treatment is needed or whether a medical approach is best to assist with family planning goals. Many men may find the step of actually attending a fertility consult daunting because it means they are “admitting” to a potential issue. One important thing to remember throughout this process is that male fertility issues are very common, even if not yet widely and openly discussed.

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Seven Sperm Facts That Will Surprise You

Even today, there are a number of misconceptions surrounding male fertility, and specifically sperm health. The health of a man’s sperm is dependent on a number of factors, and issues with sperm’s quality can stem from any of them. 

At the Fertility Center of California, we wish to dispel unhelpful myths by providing educational information that men can use to make healthy choices that will benefit both their fertility and overall health.

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