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What is sperm donation?
Men who pass rigorous physical and psychological screening can donate sperm to help women and couples conceive. Single women, lesbian couples, and heterosexual couples who are dealing with male factor infertility issues may opt for sperm donation. Dr. Gago uses donated sperm for intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) fertility treatments.
Who can donate sperm?
The FDA has strict guidelines regarding who can donate sperm, including screenings for genetic disorders and infectious diseases. These regulations ensure the donor is healthy, sound of mind, and doesn’t carry any dangerous genetic markers. Some of the tests a potential donor completes include:
- Physical exam
- Semen testing
- Genetic testing
- Family medical history
- Psychological screening
- Personal and sexual history
In addition, donors are required to be between 18-39 years old.
How do I choose a sperm donor?
Gago Center for Fertility works with local sperm banks that follow FDA guidelines as well as known sperm donors. You can choose your preferred sperm bank and donor after reviewing information about the donor's physical characteristics, general health profile, educational background, and career history.
Dr. Gago offers fertility counseling services to help you decide if sperm donation is right for you and to help you select a donor if necessary.
What should I expect during a sperm donation cycle?
If sperm donation is right for you, you may take medicine to stimulate ovulation, or you may monitor your cycle to know precisely when your body is about to ovulate. Dr. Gago may use blood or urine tests to check for the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) that indicates ovulation.
Dr. Gago uses an IUI procedure to deposit the donor sperm into your uterus within 24 hours of your LH surge. She may perform two IUI procedures within your ovulation window.
If you have other fertility issues, Dr. Gago can also use donor sperm in IVF procedures including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
After your insemination procedure, you wait for approximately two weeks to give the sperm time to fertilize your egg, implant in your uterine wall, and trigger the hormone and protein production that indicates pregnancy in blood and urine tests.
Call Gago Center for Fertility or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sperm donation and if it’s the right fertility treatment for you.
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Find the Ideal Match
Finding your perfect sperm donor match has never been easier. The team here at the Fertility Center or Dallas only works with the most impressive sperm banks in the nation. Two of our favorites are:
Now it’s time to sit down, relax and visit each site. Between the two you’ll have tens of thousands of donor profiles to choose from. We recommend using the search filters to narrow the options; too many choices is not necessarily a good thing…
In addition to the basic face match options, which include race, hair color and eye color, sperm banks allow you to filter for additional attributes, including:
- Both childhood and adult photos (childhood photos are a great resource because you can match them to your partners and find a donor with a similar baby/child phenotype)
- Skin tone
- Age range
- Blood types and RH factor
You may also have the option of filtering lifestyle attributes, such as:
- Astrological sign
- Favorite academic subject(s)
- Favorite pets
- Personal goals
- Talents and hobbies
While some of these may seem above and beyond the norm, genetics are a powerful force. We recommend selecting a donor who matches as closely as possible to your partner as this is indicative of some of the genetic attributes or linked interests/traits that would have been passed down by his sperm.
If you’re a single mother using a sperm donor to get pregnant, the world is your oyster and you have the ability to choose a sperm donor that meets your criteria for the ideal father.
What to expect
The donor sperm process
As with any person who undergoes fertility treatment at Shady Grove Fertility, you will need to have a basic infertility work-up. Additionally, you will need to meet with a social worker to discuss the mental and emotional aspects of utilizing donor sperm. Once testing is complete, you will meet with your physician to review the results and determine your course of treatment.
Selecting a sperm donor
Shady Grove Fertility is very selective in choosing which cryobank to refer patients. For each of the sperm banks we recommend, all sperm donors go through a rigorous course of screening as required by the FDA—physicals, family medical history screenings, genetic screening, psychological testing, and a semen analysis to name a few. This is to protect you, ensuring that you will have access to the healthiest possible sperm.
You will select your sperm donor using the cryobank’s website. Sperm donors are unidentified, but the donors usually provide a childhood picture. The donor database offers personal demographics (i.e., hair color, height, race, etc.), as well as essays written by the donor. Some cryobanks even offer voice recordings of interviews with the donor and information on what celebrity the donor looks like. In some cases, recipients can view if previous pregnancies have resulted from that donor’s sperm.
In the case of a known donor (i.e., a friend or family member), you will still need to have an infertility work-up, as well as a counseling session with a Mental Health Professional. SGF also strongly recommends that you seek legal counsel from a reproductive attorney to establish an Agreement between the Recipient and Known Sperm donor. SGF requires a 45-day quarantine of the sperm sample period in order for the cryobank to:
- Test the sperm donor for sexually transmitted diseases.
- Freeze the sperm.
- Retest the sperm donor for sexually transmitted diseases
- Release the sperm to Shady Grove Fertility
After donor selection
After you select the donor and the quarantine period has passed, the cryobank sends the frozen sperm sample directly to Shady Grove Fertility, where we will thaw the sperm and analyze it in our andrology laboratory. From there, you will undergo an intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle using the donated sperm. Additional frozen sperm specimens will be kept at the cryobank for future use.
Sperm banking, or semen cryopreservation, is the process of freezing sperm for future use. Men may choose to freeze sperm for medical reasons to preserve their fertility prior to undergoing cancer treatment or other procedures that might compromise their fertility.
Male patients are seen by leading Urologist and Male Fertility Specialist, Dr. Natan Bar-Chama, at the onsite Center for Male Reproductive Health at RMA of New York.
The Male “Biological Clock”
Men are not immune to the effects of reproductive aging. As men age, sperm quality decreases, which can lengthen the amount of time it takes for their female partner to become pregnant, and can also increase the risk of miscarriage, and health problems in offspring. Men may freeze sperm to proactively preserve their current fertility levels, which can make it easier for their partner conceive in the future and lead to healthier offspring.
The Sperm Banking Process
Sperm banking involves freezing a patient’s sperm for later use in either insemination or in vitro fertilization, or simply to preserve male fertility. A male may choose to store his sperm because of a particular medical condition or simply to have the option to start a family any time in the future. A sample of semen is obtained via masturbation or collection in a specialized collection device. It is then analyzed by a licensed andrology lab, and cryopreserved (frozen) using specialized media and solutions. The vials are frozen and then immersed in liquid nitrogen and stored in cryogenic tanks at a temperature of -196°C (-321°F). The liquid nitrogen is independent of any source of power. Cryogenic tanks are checked daily and replenished as needed. Viable sperm are frozen and stored on-site at RMA of New York Eastside location.
Common Reasons for Sperm Banking
- Persevering sperm prior to sterilization or genetic damage that may result from cancer treatments (oncofertility)
- For back-up should a male partner be unable to collect or be out of town on the day that sperm are needed
- Prior to a vasectomy
“Optimal care of the infertile couple involves compassion, science, and data-driven decisions.”
Alan B. Copperman, MD
Why RMA of New York: Sperm Banking
For the past 20 years, RMA of New York has successfully facilitated the births of thousands of healthy babies for patients across the New York area. As the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, our team is dedicated to scientific discovery, medical excellence, and compassionate, patient-focused care. We are proud to be a member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai Health System, which is recognized as a Center of Excellence by U.S. News & World Report.
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Welcome to the International Canine Semen Bank
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International Canine Semen Bank (ICSB) was founded by Professor Carrol C. Platz, Jr in 1971. This program is based on techniques developed by Professor Platz over more than 40 years of research and operation.
Through Professor Platz' many decades of research at the University of Oregon Medical School, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University and continuing in the ICSB laboratory, we have produced thousands of puppies using fresh and frozen canine semen. ICSB and associates were first in producing litters registered by the AKC, The American Field Dog Association and the National Greyhound Association, and assisted in developing the guidelines used by these organizations for registering litters produced from frozen semen. We have produced litters from frozen semen that had been collected and stored by ICSB for 38 years prior to thawing and insemination at ICSB.
Under Professor Platz' direction, this research continues and provides the dog breeder with the most successful program available using fresh, fresh chilled and frozen canine semen and artificial insemination using non-surgical and surgical procedures.
ICSB has had the good fortune to have trained some of the most knowledgeable and professional veterinarians and breeders involved in animal breeding. We are proud of this and continue to strive for excellence by making ongoing training and continued study the most important part of our business. Our skilled technicians are an integral part of at the ICSB OREGON Main Office and are here to assist our clients with any aspect of our program.
After nearly 50 years of gaining knowledge and growing our program, we are very proud to have opened 53 ICSB centers in the US and overseas. ICSB is represented in more than 14 countries and is still growing.
Professor Carrol C Platz Jr
As the Directors of ICSB-OR we are proud to be working with such an amazing group and hope you have a chance to meet our team soon.
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