Sperm Donors

It Takes a Village – Donor Metaphor

November 5th, 2013
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I have had the privilege of seeing first hand “where babies come from”. Our first two frozen embryo transfers with adopted embryos, albeit unsuccessful, allowed me to see what these embryos looked like under the microscope. I watched them slowly rotate and float in their little petri dish before they were taken into the catheter [...]

Reminders of Infertility

October 8th, 2013
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I want to consider us cured. Maybe not cured of infertility, since the medical condition that got us started on this journey is still there, but cured of childlessness. For me, it was always the difference between being a mother and not being a mother that made infertility so difficult. So once I finally became [...]

Turning Down a Shared Cycle

August 30th, 2013
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More and more fertility clinics are starting to offer shared-donor in-vitro fertilization cycles, where a woman agrees to donate some of her retrieved eggs to another patient in return for a reduced cost of her own IVF treatment. If the woman doesn’t yet have any children, or doesn’t have any biological children, this is a [...]


May 14th, 2009
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I was recently asked an interesting question – something that I had not really pondered before then. A family member asked me if we thought we would ever tell our children that they were conceived through IVF. My initial reaction was that no, I probably wouldn’t tell them since if they had been conceived in [...]

Using Donor Sperm with Intrauterine Insemination

November 30th, 2007
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When we were going through our fertility treatments, the doctor gave me a list of fertility options. I was fascinated with one of the options for couples in which the husband has a low sperm count. The doctor said he could supplement the husband’s sperm with donor sperm and use both in the intrauterine insemination [...]

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Like Being Half Adopted?

March 19th, 2006

Photo credits: Jessica Wynne for The New York Times. Caption: Shelby Siems, 44, with her son, Christopher, 2, has a boyfriend but is expecting another son from the same donor who fathered Christopher. Today’s New York Times Sunday Magazine has a cover story called “Looking for Mr. Good Sperm”–which is about the how mating and [...]

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How Fertility Technology Muddies the Biological Parental Links

February 21st, 2006

Here’s an interesting article in The New York Times, about children born of donor sperm donors who want to seek their “biological fathers” (and sometimes, vice versa). An interesting topic that eerily parallels many of the issues of adoption as well. The urge to know where one came from is, it seems, universal. The big [...]

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