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What is CMV?

July 31, 2013

Blog written by Fairfax Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is a member of the herpes virus family. Other examples of conditions related to herpes family viruses are chicken pox and cold sores. CMV is carried by many individuals, approximately 50-85% of American adults will test CMV positive, confirming exposure, typically childhood exposure […]

Can My Friend Be My Sperm Donor?

July 26, 2013

Blog written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, Phd. Many women and couples consider asking a friend or relative to be their sperm donor. This is a possibility when there are fertility issues for the male partner or when there is no male partner involved in your family building experience. Your friend or family […]

How Safe is This?

July 15, 2013

Written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. I am friends with a woman, we’ll call her Jean, whose college age daughter has recently come out and discussed the possibility of building a family using donor sperm someday. Jean loves the idea of having a grandchild and seeing her daughter happy, but had some […]

How Many Vials of Donor Sperm Will I Need?

July 8, 2013

Written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. Often we are asked how many tries are in a vial of donor sperm. The short answer is that one vial equals one try. Sperm Banks split the Sperm Donor’s sample into several cryovials dependent on the volume, count, and motility of his fresh analysis. Sperm […]

A Turkey Baster

July 2, 2013

Written by Fairfax Cryobank Laboratory Director, Michelle Ottey, PhD. A turkey baster, really? I get a lot of questions about the “turkey baster” option for home insemination. It is important to keep in mind that an insemination is a medical procedure; therefore it should be done either by a doctor or under their supervision/direction. Your […]