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October 2010
In This Issue
October Specials
Getting to Know You
Featured Donors
Fairfax Cryobank Family Forums
Pregnancy Reporting
Click here to report a pregnancy!
Patient Testimonial

Proud to Be A Mom!
"I am so thankful to Fairfax and the donor for making a dream come true. I have a 15-month old baby boy and I could not be happier.

I always knew I wanted a family. I assumed I would get married, buy a house and have 4 children...all before the age of 30! As many of us know, life does not always happen the way we plan it! I was 35, single and facing my2nd surgery for uterine fibroids. The first surgery to remove 22 fibroids was successful but my doctor made it clear...if I wanted to have children, I needed to do so within 5 years. One year later, I found myself in the ER facing another bout with fibroids. After the 2nd surgery, I began seriously considering donor insemination. I struggled with it the concept for some time...the idea of not conceiving a child in the confines of a loving relationship with a mate was difficult to accept. After much thought and many tears, I made the choice to have a child as a single mother. One insemination later, I was pregnant with my son! On 5/11/09, my sweetpea made his entrance and changed my life forever. Looking back on the process, I wish I had made the decision sooner! I'm now contemplating having a 2nd child with the same donor. I hope to get married - someday. If I don't, I want my son to have a sibling, someone who shares his history."
Focus on Health
HPV Screening 

Fairfax Cryobank has an extensive screening process for donors, including routine HPV tests.  While knowing your donor's medical status is essential, a new study shows that routine OB/GYN exams may overlook important factors that can detect pre-cancer risks in women.

In terms of pre-cancer determination, there are 2 other types of HPV that are not recognized through a routine check-up.  Fairfax Cryobank tests for these 2 HPV strains known to cause cancer, by DNA based testing.  We are the only Sperm Bank that can claim all our donors have had HPV testing by DNA. To learn more about how to monitor your health and HPV, read this informative article.

  Long Term Storage 

  Fairfax Cryobank offers long term storage of your sperm, embryos, and oocytes, at competitive prices.  If you are interested in transferring your specimens please contact Client Services at 1.800.338.8407 or visit our website for more information.ily 
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Can you believe it's October already?  This month's newsletter is brimming over with exciting announcements and information from Fairfax Cryobank! 
  • 1/2 off shipping on October's Featured Donors!
  • Our Director, Dr. Michelle Ottey, is a featured blogger for Fertility Authority

We welcome your feedback and ideas for content that you would like to see in the monthly newsletter.  Contact us with your comments and suggestions! 

Happy October,
The Staff at Fairfax Cryobank

October Special!

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Fairfax Cryobank is brewing up something special this Halloween...what's in the pot?  
UNLIMITED ACCESS on all donor information online for 30 days* 
 For the low price of just $150, you can access
 all donor profile and audio information online
for 30 days!
Simply call Client Services today to register for this new exciting service and we'll activate your account immediately for UNLIMITED ACCESS. Now you can look for hours without worrying about your budget! Your perfect donor is waiting for you.
*Keirsey test results are not included; all info available online for one month only.

Getting to Know You

by Dr. Michelle Ottey, Director of Operations
As featured on FertilityAuthority.com
I can't tell you the number of times I have heard clients say that they end up knowing more facts about a sperm donor than they know about their partner.
Three Generations of Medical History
When choosing donor sperm many people are amazed at the amount of medical and personal information that is presented. Browsing through the medical profile of a donor gives you more factual medical information than many people know about their partner: three generations of medical health history, causes of death and treatments for disease. When prospective donors are screening, they are asked to report this information. Many times there is a series of e-mails or phone calls between him and his mom or dad clarifying all of the information.
We once had a prospective donor on the phone with his mom while in the medical interview to clarify his grandmother's health. When he told his mom why he needed the information, you could hear her laughing on the other end of the phone, then talking to her son. When he got off the phone, he told us that she was so proud of him for doing this, especially because his aunt had had problems conceiving. He was a little embarrassed, but it was very touching.

Healthy Happy Sperm
Each sample from every donor is analyzed before it is frozen. You can be confident in the health of the donor's sperm. Most sperm banks screen thousands of prospective donors in order to find men with above-average sperm. We are looking for samples that have higher numbers of sperm, sperm that move more and better, and sperm that are healthy enough to survive the freezing process.
Interesting Insight into Their Personality
Many banks provide some sort of personality profile on their donors - either as a questionnaire or audio interview. I have always loved sitting down with the donors to complete an audio interview. It gives you a good view of who they are and what is important to them. We ask questions about their favorite books, favorite childhood memories, aspirations for the future, and what message he would like to share with any offspring, among many other things. It is always especially poignant to listen to these wonderful men sharing their thoughtful messages. Not every donor has a perfect message, but the answers are always enlightening to their personality and to gaining a whole picture of who they are.
The Whole Package
There is so much information available now that many people feel they are able to form a whole picture of who this man is. In the past the secrecy and stigma around infertility was perpetuated by a lack of openness and information sharing. You will see now that the best Sperm Banks are evolving to meet the needs of their clients and that this is being fueled by the openness and acceptance in society - or maybe it is the other way around.
Featured Donors: 1/2 off shipping*
*2nd day shipping only 
1993FFX Donor 1993
This Latino donor is a brilliant student pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Our staff finds him thoughtful, ambitious and genuine. He has boyish good looks with green eyes, brown hair and a fit physique. He is a talented musician as well, he plays many instruments and enjoys composing his own music.  He is a believer of strong family values and high morals.  In his free time, he enjoys movies, music, biking, and traveling.  Click here for more information on Donor 1993.

FFX Donor 4157
This is an ID Options donor with Lifetime Photos available. This donor is 100% Persian with an intellectual, level-headed and confident approach to life. In addition, he is humble and sincere. Our staff says he is a quiet spirit. He aspires to be independent and has worked hard on his MBA. He enjoys playing guitar and fishing in his free time. He has a perfect smile and nice complexion.  Click here for more information on Donor 4157.
Fairfax Cryobank Family Forums
momandbabiesOur Online Community for Those Using Donor Sperm
Fairfax Cryobank Family Forums allow women and couples who used donor insemination (DI) as well as adults conceived by DI to connect with one another, sharing photos, stories and experiences.  With a registered pregnancy, you can join a donor specific forum and connect with others who used the same donor. When using online organizations outside the sperm bank, clients must trust that those they are connecting with are who they say they are and that donor and offspring information is accurate.  They also may be asked to pay a fee.  
You can use the Fairfax Cryobank Family Forums to:
  • help new families navigate telling their children about donor conception by listening and talking with others who have been there;
  • foster an environment of openness;
  • provide an accepting environment for DI conceived individuals,
  • address the unique needs of single women, infertile and single sex couples through shared experiences.