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What are a sperm donor’s motives?

June 30, 2016

You may have questions about your donor’s motivations to be in our program. Typically donors are college students or recent graduates who have an interest in helping others. Some are married and may even have children of their own. They do receive some compensation (usually about $500 a month) for their time and effort. They […]

ID Option Sperm Donors In Demand

June 23, 2016

In 2005, Fairfax Cryobank started a new program call the ID Option program in which new donors agree to release identifying information. We created this special category of donors because of the increased interest by families to have this option available. Identifying information, such as donor name and address, is shared only with the children […]

The typical family who uses donor sperm is changing.

June 16, 2016

Originally donor insemination was offered exclusively to married couples who were experiencing infertility. Today, infertile couples are still helped by donor sperm but other types of families are as well. Single women are increasingly choosing to have children on their own with the help of donor sperm. Same sex couples are, too. Where 20 years […]

Children by Donor Insemination

June 9, 2016

Share your story—Tell us about yourself and we may post it anonymously so others can gain from your experience. Read a blog from someone who is donor conceived. Justin Clark as read on The Daily Beast. As a child or adult conceived with the use of donor sperm, you may have many questions. We would […]

Who Gets the Sperm?

April 28, 2016

Blog written by Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank, Michelle Ottey, PhD. Not all sperm donors are alike. When screening for sperm donors, sperm banks are looking for a good, diverse, representative group of men who will appeal to our patients. The staff meets the prospective sperm donors and works with them through the screening process. […]

Environmental Effects on Sperm

April 25, 2016

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Director of Operations Michelle Ottey, PhD. Spermatogenesis is the process through which immature germinal stem cells are differentiated into mature sperm. This process is incredibly involved and takes approximately 60 days.* Due to the complexity of each step in this process, sperm are highly susceptible to external influences, such as […]

What do I do with my shipping container?

April 20, 2016

Laboratory Distribution Supervisor MI “YOUR BABY”. Those are the words I use in my explanation when I remind patients how they should treat a cryogenic container, while transporting it to another facility. Sperm, embryos or any cryogenic specimens in general are stored in extreme temperatures. Transportation of such specimens, without compromising their quality, usually consists […]

How Much Sperm Is Enough?

April 15, 2016

Blog written by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank So often in life we are told that more is better. Sometimes there is a sufficient number or size, but because of the “bigger is better” philosophy we overlook this. Who hasn’t gotten the large popcorn for only 75 cents more at the movies, […]

What Makes a Donor Special?

April 12, 2016

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Staff SS For those looking for the ideal donor, it is about finding that special emotional connection. Once you filter the entire list on ‘must have’ criteria, the short list still offers many options that require further consideration. The process can take weeks. Perhaps the childhood photo provides that connection. […]

Family Forums – How to Connect with Siblings

April 7, 2016

Fairfax Cryobank now offers a place for clients to discuss donor sperm related topics. This forum is a creation from your suggestions and requests to connect with parents of half-siblings. The discussion board is a very friendly and welcoming place for single mothers, same sex couples, and couples with fertility issues. No matter where you […]