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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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Do Sperm Banks Also Store Eggs and Embryos?

Sperm banks, which are typically known for sperm donation or sperm freezing, often aren’t considered by people who are looking for frozen egg and embryo storage options. While it’s true that some sperm banks are focused only on sperm, some, such as the Fertility Center of California, have the capacity and expertise to expand their cryopreservation storage space to more than just sperm.

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What Is the Process of Becoming a Sperm Donor?

Like all forms of third-party reproduction, sperm donation is an act of generosity in which one person provides an individual or a couple with the means to create the family of their dreams. However, the process of becoming a sperm donor is often misunderstood.

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How Does Gender Selection Work?

Throughout most of human history, expectant individuals and couples had to wait until a baby was born to know whether they were having a boy or a girl. As medical care became more technologically advanced, prospective parents were able to learn of their child’s sex during an ultrasound or specific early testing. Today, technology has taken the science of sex another step further with gender selection.

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Spinal Cord Injuries and Male Infertility

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 17,810 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States every year, with 78% of these cases happening to men.

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