What Is a Sperm Bank?
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
6d ago
Have you ever wondered what a sperm bank does? If so, you’re not alone. Many people who intend to start a family may require the use of a sperm bank. While the question can fuel misunderstandings, a sperm bank is a facility that simply stores frozen sperm samples either from: People storing their own sperm for future use or Sperm donors whose samples are offered to intended parents for family-building The process of sperm banking collects and freezes sperm by a method called sperm cryopreservation. People can use frozen sperm for future family-building procedures, such as in-vitro fertiliza ..read more
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Fairfax Family Supporting LGBTQ+ Families
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
1M ago
Our Fairfax Family is committed to helping the LGBTQ+ community build their dream families with our variety of offerings and 40+ years of combined experience. The Fairfax Family is a collaborative family of companies comprised of Fairfax Cryobank, Fairfax EggBank, Fairfax Surrogacy, and GIVF Fertility.   We pride ourselves on collaboration and custom solutions for family-building, supporting the unique needs of our diverse patient population in achieving their dreams of parenthood. Together we build a family!  LGBTQ+ Family Building Services  Collectively, we offer a ..read more
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What to Eat When Trying to Get Pregnant
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by Megan Cole
1M ago
Knowing which advice to follow when trying to get pregnant can be stressful and overwhelming when everyone around you has input. From what to eat and what not to eat, to suggestions to try yoga, acupuncture, or Pilates, there’s a ton of information out there. While well-intentioned friends may offer advice that works for them, it can help to look at food and fertility studies to know vital nourishment to add to your diet and what to avoid on your pregnancy journey. What nutrients and food groups should you incorporate? What does diet have to do with reproductive health? Recent studies suggest ..read more
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Mothering My Way
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
2M ago
Candice Katherine Febrile, Founder of Single Mom Mindset I’m able to look back at the childhood version of myself with fresh eyes. Becoming a mother is so many things but one thing it isn’t is “exactly as I planned”. Although I wasn’t necessarily certain that I’d one day become a mother, I always had a mothering spirit. Whether it was an animal that needed help, a kid without a friend, or contributing to raising someone else’s grown son, I was always helping someone.  Growing up, my parents were incredibly busy with their careers, so my brother and I spent most of our time together. If ..read more
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Let’s Talk About National Infertility Awareness Week
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
3M ago
National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) is April 21-27, 2024. The week’s goal is to spark conversations and dispel myths about infertility. Despite the increasing utilization of fertility treatments, infertility is a stigmatized topic. Along with NIAW, Fairfax Cryobank wants to change that. Infertility: The Latest Insights New research tells us a few surprising stats about infertility, which is clinically defined as the inability to get pregnant after a year of carefully timed and unprotected sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the general fertility rate ..read more
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Celebrating Women & Motherhood As a Single Mom by Choice
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
4M ago
By: Candice Katherine Febrile, founder of Single Mom Mindset & Empowered Woman First things first: Happy International Women’s Day!! What an incredible time we’re living in. The women that came before us, paving the way for us to live lives that we truly enjoy living. I’m eternally grateful to the powerhouse females that came before me, and the women that continue to fight for change today. As a woman that is part of the single mom by choice community, I believe it’s important to thank the solo mothers among me and before me. We are raising a whole new generation of thinkers and changers ..read more
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My Little Valentines
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by Megan Cole
5M ago
By: Candice Katherine Febrile, founder of Single Mom Mindset & Empowered Woman ‘Tis officially the month of L.O.V.E.. The time of year where you’re bombarded with how “in love” everyone is, and if you’re single, you’re meant to feel like you’re missing out on something special. It is the human condition to require love after all… I’ve never been one to fall for Hallmark holidays. Even when I was head-over-heels for my high school boyfriend, I didn’t succumb to the Valentine’s Day rules. I thought it was silly to designate a single day to show our love for one another. I’d find myself anno ..read more
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The Science of Decreasing Sperm Count
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
6M ago
Male fertility worldwide has been declining over the last 50 years. Multiple scientific studies have shown a decrease in sperm parameters across thousands of men. These decreased sperm parameters include total sperm count, sperm concentration, and total motile sperm. Researchers believe that higher rates of obesity and unhealthy diets are partly to blame for this global change, but these aren’t the only issues hurting male fertility. Issues affecting sperm production, sperm transport, or both production and transport can cause low sperm counts and concentrations. Sometimes, men will have more ..read more
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Why CMV Status Matters When Choosing a Donor
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
6M ago
When choosing a donor, you’ll likely consider a few criteria off the bat. A donor’s education, career, personality qualities, or ethnic background may be important in your selection. Another consideration as you begin your family-building process is CMV status. What is CMV status, and why is it important? CMV is short for cytomegalovirus, which is a common virus. It’s so common that over half of adults will have been infected with CMV by age 40. A first infection may result in flu-like symptoms or no symptoms at all. Once the body is infected with CMV, the virus lies dormant for life. CMV is ..read more
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8 Ways to Increase Success with Donor Sperm
Fairfax Cryobank Blog
by Megan Cole
8M ago
Using donor sperm to conceive and create your family is an excellent option for prospective parents and family types. People choose to use donor sperm when the parent or the couple doesn’t produce viable sperm; which includes single moms by choice, female same-sex couples, or those experiencing male factor infertility. Another reason is when a partner carries genetic conditions that the couple does not want to pass down. Success rates with insemination using donor sperm depend on the procedure type and factors that affect any form of conception, like age, ovarian reserve, and overall health ..read more
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