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Do kids thinks of sperm donors as family?

January 9, 2017

A recent TED Talk looks at the question, “How do we define a parent — or a family?” Bioethicist Veerle Provoost explores these questions in the context of non-traditional families In this talk, she shares stories of how parents and children create their own family narratives. Share on Facebook Bookmark on Delicious Digg this […]

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 […]

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. […]

Beginner’s Guide to Infertility

January 25, 2016

If you are just getting started on your journey with infertility, please use this great resource from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. This guide will walk you through the details of IVF insemination, egg retrieval process, success rate statistics, and common terminology you will encounter along the way. And […]

How old is my donor?

January 18, 2016

Written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. One of the frequently asked questions of our client services representatives is, “how old is my donor?” Our sperm bank does not provide the date of birth or specific age of our donors to the patients. A date of birth is identifying information and we work to […]

Only you know what makes a donor special

January 28, 2015

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. Or […]

What Sort of Guy Donates Sperm?

February 20, 2014

Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM Sperm donors. We can generally say they’re attractive, educated, healthy men. Some are taller than others, differences in hair and eye colors abound, not to mention ancestry! I’m just scratching the surface here on all the physical characteristics. But I’d like to talk about what’s behind the handsome face. […]

The Perfect Sperm Donor?

October 29, 2013

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD.  To start, there really is no “perfect” sperm donor, but they come pretty close! When we are recruiting prospective sperm donors we are looking for many physical and personal characteristics that will be appealing to our patients. These traits are variable. When we screen these […]


May 29, 2012

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director Michelle Ottey, PhD There is a lot of misinformation out there about Sperm Banks and Sperm Donors. I want to set the record straight for our Cryobank. I recognize the importance of what we do and the broad effects that it has on many people’s lives. We take […]