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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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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 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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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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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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