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Common Reasons Men Freeze Their Sperm

For 70 years, freezing sperm, also known as sperm banking or cryopreservation, has allowed many individuals and couples to safely and effectively enhance their fertility. Sperm can be thawed for assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

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What Makes Sperm High Quality?

Did you know?: Research shows that from 1973-2011, the average sperm count in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand dropped by 59.3%.

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Mental Health Check: Dealing With Sperm Issues, Family Planning Goals, and Partner Support

When an infertility diagnosis is presented to a patient, oftentimes it comes as a shock. This is true for both male and female patients, especially if they are not aware of any specific reason (like an underlying condition or injury) to which their infertility can be attributed. Even though our general understanding and knowledge of fertility have come a long way in the last few decades, there is still a much longer path ahead. For men, this reality can hit especially close to home. 

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Why Male Sexual Health Matters

When it comes to men’s sexual health, conversations are typically focused on the use of contraceptive protection during sexual encounters. While using protection is 100% necessary for many men, there’s a bit more to consider. Sexual health issues aren’t just embarrassing – they can also have long-lasting effects on your overall health or fertility.

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How To Avoid a Negative Sperm Donation Experience

Although sperm donation is predominantly a positive and effective way for many individuals and couples to have a child, there have been more than a few negative stories about it over the past few years. These stories don’t necessarily reflect the reality of what using a sperm donor is like for most people, but are often considered to be more interesting and click-worthy. While controversy certainly makes for a good headline, these stories can make it difficult for some people to feel like they can trust the sperm donation process.

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5 Situations Where Sperm Freezing Is 100% Appropriate

If you’ve ever wondered whether sperm freezing is the right path for your future family planning, there’s a good chance that the decision is something you’re already leaning toward. Sperm freezing is a good resource for a number of different situations, as modern family building has shown that there are many paths to parenthood. However, if you’re on the fence, there are five situations where sperm freezing has been shown to be 100% appropriate.

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What MFS & FFC Are Doing in Response to the Reversal of Roe vs. Wade

On June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States of America made the historic decision to reverse the landmark Roe vs. Wade, which originally established the ability to get an abortion as a constitutional right. Over half of the states in the nation are slated to place heavy restrictions on the practice of abortion, which has cast uncertainty on other areas of reproductive healthcare, specifically fertility care.

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5 Reasons Why You Could Be Rejected from a Sperm Donor Program

Sperm donor program requirements are put in place for a few different reasons. It is understandable that intended parents would seek a donor who is in good health, without underlying conditions that could be passed down from one generation to the next. Donors need to be reliable and committed to the donation program’s policies, otherwise a donation cycle will be incomplete. Not everyone is a good fit for sperm donor programs based on their health, their lifestyle, and potentially their personal goals. Additionally, there is the need to understand the role of donor anonymity.

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How Do I Become a Single Parent?

Single parenthood is a route taken by those who are ready to grow their family on their own terms. Modern family building offers many routes to becoming a parent, including for single men and women. At Sperm Bank Inc., we’ve worked with countless single female parents who’ve grown their families after selecting a sperm donor. However, we know that practically speaking, it’s a bit daunting when you’re ready to get this process underway. We wanted to outline the logistics of getting to single parenthood for anyone who is interested or considering this path. 

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Will an Underlying Health Condition Hurt My Sperm?

When a male fertility issue is suspected, it may or may not come as a complete surprise. For those without underlying health conditions and no history of a groin injury, an infertility diagnosis can feel as if it’s come “out of nowhere”. After all, if you’re healthy, then why would there be an issue? But, what if you’re not able to check off that you are without an underlying condition? What if you have a personal or familial history that needs to be considered, and could possibly have a correlation to any difficulty you and your partner have while trying to conceive (TTC)?

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