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What Makes a Sperm Bank Trustworthy?

It’s one thing to find a local sperm bank, but it’s another to find one that you can trust. The to-do list of a parent-to-be in need of a sperm donor can be long, but it’s important to locate the right sperm bank for your growing family. To make this process easier, we wanted to highlight the features that make a sperm bank trustworthy so you’ll know what to look for as you make a decision. Not all sperm banks are alike, so let’s break down the checkpoints you can rely on to help ensure that the next steps in your family building journey are as straightforward as possible.

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How is Cancer Treatment a Risk to Fertility?

If you are facing a recent cancer diagnosis, you already have a very full plate. There is much to consider, and in the coming weeks and months, your daily life will change. There will be doctor appointments, testing, medication(s), and therapies on the docket, and the idea of adding just one more item may seem to push what is already an overwhelming situation beyond its limits.

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Sperm Banking Before Cancer Treatment: What You Need to Know

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event. While processing everything that needs to happen with regard to treatment options and next steps, it can be difficult to consider the impact that successful treatment can have on family-building goals. When you’re just trying to get through the upcoming weeks and months, planning too far ahead can be challenging.

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5 Questions Prospective Sperm Donors Almost Always Ask

There’s the idea of becoming a sperm donor, and then there’s the reality of what it is really like to donate sperm. Many men may have considered donating their sperm at one point, but for those who ultimately decide to commit to the process, there are usually a few questions before things get underway. At the Fertility Center of California, we work with sperm donors from many different backgrounds and career and education levels.

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How Anonymous Sperm Donation Works

A third-party reproductive service such as sperm donation is a great option for single women, lesbian couples, or heterosexual couples dealing with male-factor infertility.

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Study investigates potential link between type 1 diabetes and male infertility

"Interestingly, we found that the prevalence of male infertility in men with type 1 diabetes was 1.5%, comprising 33 out of more than 2000 men diagnosed with type 1 diabetes who reported male infertility," says Omer A. Raheem, MD, MSc, in this interview.

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How to Find the Right Sperm Donor for Your Family

You have made one of the most important steps in your fertility journey – you’ve decided you will conceive via sperm donor. So what’s next? Using a sperm donor is a great option for those intending to start a family on their own, with a partner who has ovaries, or a partner whose sperm they can’t use due to health or genetic reasons. There is much to consider for your family, but simplifying your path will help you in your search for the perfect candidate.

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How Sperm is Impacted by Your Health

When was the last time you took stock of your healthcare goals, including fertility and family planning? Your fertility, aka the quality and quantity of your sperm, is directly linked to your overall health in a few different ways. This isn’t to say that someone leading a healthy lifestyle cannot experience a fertility issue, but if you’re not practicing good health habits and also have a fertility concern there’s a very good chance your doctor will recommend making some changes, either before treatment or in conjunction with. 

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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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