FCC Fertility Blog

Fertility Blog from Fertility Center of California.

Is Sperm Quality Declining Worldwide?

A study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem argues that male infertility rates could be higher than expected, and that sperm quality is on the decline. The study demonstrates that “sperm concentration has fallen by 52% among men in Western countries between 1973 and 2011,” and it follows concerns noted across other similar studies that confirm falling sperm concentration in Asian countries like China and Japan.

Read more about Is Sperm Quality Declining Worldwide? »
Share:

Five Male Fertility and Sperm Health Myths We Can’t Believe Still Exist

Even in 2017, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding male fertility and sperm health. It is unfortunate that these misunderstandings persist because if certain conditions go unchecked by medical professionals, men could potentially risk harming their fertility under the misperception that they are doing something they were led to believe was healthy. Just as women are encouraged to be educated about their fertility, men should be encouraged to do the same. Male fertility is not as certain as many men believe it to be.

Read more about Five Male Fertility and Sperm Health Myths We Can’t Believe Still Exist »
Share:

Do Men Have a Biological Clock?

Starting as early as their teenage years, most women hear about the concept of having a “biological clock,” but men aren’t pressured in the same way from both a societal and medical perspective. In recent years, more studies have been performed in order to ascertain whether men have a biological clock like women do. If they do, does the man’s age matter when he conceives children?

Proving that the male biological clock exists

Read more about Do Men Have a Biological Clock? »
Share:

How Does Sperm Donation Work?

Using donated sperm to help build your family is a popular route for same-sex female couples, single women and couples who experienced previously-unsuccessful infertility treatment. Many people understand the gist of sperm donation, but they do not know how the process works from start to finish.

At the Fertility Center of California, we want couples and individuals who have chosen sperm donation to feel confident in their decision and to know what to expect as they begin this route to parenthood. 

Read more about How Does Sperm Donation Work? »
Share:

How to Tell Family and Friends You're Using a Sperm Donor

The decision to use a sperm donor to help build your family is an important step for couples and single parents alike. For some, the need for a sperm donor was expected as they are an LGBT couple or a woman wishing to pursue parenthood on her own. For others, needing to use a sperm donor may have come as a surprise because of an unexpected infertility diagnosis.

Read more about How to Tell Family and Friends You're Using a Sperm Donor »
Share:

What You Need to Know about the Zika Virus and Sperm Donation

Despite that the Zika virus may no longer dominate the news cycle as it did last summer, the condition remains a very serious concern in the United States as well as in those countries where outbreaks remain present.

Read more about What You Need to Know about the Zika Virus and Sperm Donation »
Share:

Are You Emotionally Ready to Use a Sperm Donor?

Until you and your partner are faced with a potential infertility diagnosis, the idea of using a sperm donor to have a baby likely didn’t cross your mind. However, using a sperm donor is not uncommon: one in eight couples struggle to conceive without reproductive care. 

Read more about Are You Emotionally Ready to Use a Sperm Donor? »
Share:

LGBT Family Building Through Sperm Donation

The Fertility Center of California (FCC) welcomes and supports growing families of all shapes and sizes, and the LGBT community is certainly no exception. Sperm donation services are essential for same-sex female couples planning to have a baby either through intrauterine insemination (IUI) or via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Read more about LGBT Family Building Through Sperm Donation »
Share:

The Top Three Candidates for Male Fertility Preservation

Because male fertility is not as directly affected by age as female fertility, efforts to preserve or “save” male fertility often go unnoticed. Male fertility preservation may not be essential for every man who hopes to build his family in the future, but there are certain candidates for which the procedure would be greatly beneficial -- they may just be unaware that they have that option.

Read more about The Top Three Candidates for Male Fertility Preservation »
Share:

What Does a Semen Analysis Look For?

One of the first steps taken for any patient of the Fertility Center of California (FCC) is a semen analysis. If a fertility issue is suspected for any reason, a semen analysis is conducted to evaluate sperm quality. 

Sperm counts can vary significantly between one submission and another, so two or three semen analyses are typically conducted in order to make a final diagnosis. Patients should keep in mind that they will need to abstain from ejaculation for two to five days before the screening.

Read more about What Does a Semen Analysis Look For? »
Share: