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What You Should Look for in a Sperm Bank

A sperm bank is much more than what we see on television – at least it should be. Whether you’re intending to conceive on your own, with a partner who has ovaries, or with a partner whose sperm you can’t use due to health or genetic reasons, family planning contains many components. Making an informed decision for your fertility journey can be a daunting task; however, arming yourself with knowledge will help you in your search for a high-quality sperm bank.

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How Men Can Participate in National Infertility Awareness Week

Every year in April, National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) helps to raise awareness and educate the public about infertility and reproductive care. Because infertility is often considered to be a “woman’s issue,” men are often left out of the conversation. However, infertility affects men just as much as it does women.

 

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Finding the Right Sperm Donor

If the thought of finding the right sperm donor feels stressful, don’t let it get the best of you. While the process might seem overwhelming, the stringent requirements of the screening process ensure that you are choosing from only the strongest candidates. In fact, less than three percent of applicants are accepted as donors.

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Preserving Fertility Before Getting a Vasectomy

For men who don’t want any or any additional children, getting a vasectomy is an easy, safe, and effective way to permanently prevent pregnancy. In general, men who choose to get a vasectomy have put a lot of deep thought into the decision and are certain that this is the right option for them and, if applicable, their partners. However, life can be unpredictable and sometimes lead to an unforeseen change of heart.

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Anonymous vs. Known Donor Sperm: What Should I Choose?

From men with male factor infertility to single women to lesbian couples, sperm donation provides many people with the means to create a family in which sperm is not otherwise available. Although anonymous sperm donation (e.g. choosing an anonymous sperm donor from a database) is the most common arrangement, some people choose to work with a known sperm donor. Known sperm donors are typically friends, family members, or acquaintances that have agreed to donate their sperm.

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Preserving Fertility Before Getting a Vasectomy

For men who don’t want any – or any additional – children, getting a vasectomy is an easy, safe, and effective way to permanently prevent pregnancy. In general, men who choose to get a vasectomy have put a lot of deep thought into the decision and are certain that it is the right option for them and, if applicable, their partners. However, life can be unpredictable and sometimes lead to an unforeseen change of heart.

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Should I Freeze My Sperm? Things to Consider in the New Year

The topic of elective fertility preservation is often centered on women who freeze their eggs when they’re young so that they have the option of having a child later in life. This is because women go through a well-documented and defined aging process known as menopause, which is the stage of life in which a woman no longer menstruates or produces viable eggs.

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Diabetes and Male Sexual Health

From kidney issues to eye complications, it’s a well-established fact that diabetes has multiple negative effects on the body. For men, this includes both fertility and sexual health issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Semen Analysis

While infertility is often discussed as being a female reproductive issue, male factor infertility plays a role in about half of all cases. As such, couples who have been trying to conceive for a long time without any success often turn to semen analysis testing to determine whether there are any issues with the male’s fertility. Here are some common questions that patients have about the exam.

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How Sperm Washing Is Used in Intrauterine Insemination

In a traditional pregnancy, conception happens when sperm travels from the penis into the vagina, through the cervical area, and through the uterus before finally arriving in the fallopian tube, where it fertilizes an egg that has traveled from an ovary.

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