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The Fertility Cycle Guide: Understanding Your Body to Help You Get Pregnant

The Fertility Cycle Guide: Understanding Your Body to Help You Get Pregnant

Most of us don’t think about what our bodies are doing monthly. This changes a bit when we are trying to get pregnant. Why didn’t they go over our fertile window and what a luteal phase is in high school? Considering we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and women are increasingly turning to options like home insemination, it is more important than ever to take the lead on our own health and fertility.  To empower ourselves and better understand what is going on each month, let’s dive...

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Getting started with TTC (Trying to Conceive)

Getting started with TTC (Trying to Conceive)

If you are considering having a child, or are currently trying to conceive, there are two questions you'll want to answer. First, how do I improve my chances of conception? And second, what is with all of these acronyms like TTC, POAS (pee on a stick), FMU (first morning urine), PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise), and others? Understanding your body and its needs during pregnancy is the best way to improve your chances for conception. This begins with getting a full physical exam from your...

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How to Prepare For Pregnancy

How to Prepare For Pregnancy

Pregnancy care and even postpartum care is something that is often in the spotlight, but what about preconception care? For those trying to conceive is there anything that can be done to prepare your body for pregnancy? We reached out to one of our favorite Reproductive Endocrinologists, and an expert in reproductive health, Dr. Ellen Wood, DO, FACOOG from IVFMD to give us a run-down. How far in advance should I start preparing my body to get pregnant? Having a healthy pregnancy should start...

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Single Mom by Choice Shares Story of Giving Birth on the Brink of Covid-19 Pandemic

Single Mom by Choice Shares Story of Giving Birth on the Brink of Covid-19 Pandemic

  Laura Runnels knew her journey to parenthood wouldn’t be easy, but this self-proclaimed “planner” could never have prepared for giving birth days before the explosion of Covid-19 in the US. As a Public Health Consultant, raised in Mississippi, and now residing in Pittsburgh, Laura always knew she wanted to be a Mom. And after several moves around the country for her career and the end of a long-term relationship, Laura was approaching her late thirties and knew time was not on her...

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Your Guide to Home Insemination

Your Guide to Home Insemination

For those not experiencing fertility issues, performing artificial insemination at home can be a reliable and affordable way to conceive a child. This method is especially safe and convenient during this time of social distancing because it can be done in your home and on your schedule without having to visit a clinic. In addition, at-home insemination is a preferred option for women looking to conceive using donor sperm since it’s much less expensive compared with a medical IUI insemination...

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Pride Month Recap: Stories from LGBTQ+ Families and SSB Pride Events

Pride Month Recap: Stories from LGBTQ+ Families and SSB Pride Events

Seattle Sperm Bank is proud to celebrate inclusivity and equality. As 2020’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month comes to an end, we want to share some of our stories and events from the month. We are happy to provide the support you need to complete your family picture, and are grateful to be part of so many journeys. We especially appreciate the kind words from so many clients, such as: “My wife and I were eager to have a kid. With the extensive profiles available through SSB, we had no issue finding the...

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Single Mom by Choice Shares Story of Giving Birth on the Brink of Covid-19 Pandemic

Single Mom by Choice Shares Story of Giving Birth on the Brink of Covid-19 Pandemic

  Laura Runnels knew her journey to parenthood wouldn’t be easy, but this self-proclaimed “planner” could never have prepared for giving birth days before the explosion of Covid-19 in the US. As a Public Health Consultant, raised in Mississippi, and now residing in Pittsburgh, Laura always knew she wanted to be a Mom. And after several moves around the country for her career and the end of a long-term relationship, Laura was approaching her late thirties and knew time was not on her...

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Your Guide to Home Insemination

Your Guide to Home Insemination

For those not experiencing fertility issues, performing artificial insemination at home can be a reliable and affordable way to conceive a child. This method is especially safe and convenient during this time of social distancing because it can be done in your home and on your schedule without having to visit a clinic. In addition, at-home insemination is a preferred option for women looking to conceive using donor sperm since it’s much less expensive compared with a medical IUI insemination...

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Pride Month Recap: Stories from LGBTQ+ Families and SSB Pride Events

Pride Month Recap: Stories from LGBTQ+ Families and SSB Pride Events

Seattle Sperm Bank is proud to celebrate inclusivity and equality. As 2020’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month comes to an end, we want to share some of our stories and events from the month. We are happy to provide the support you need to complete your family picture, and are grateful to be part of so many journeys. We especially appreciate the kind words from so many clients, such as: “My wife and I were eager to have a kid. With the extensive profiles available through SSB, we had no issue finding the...

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Seattle Sperm Bank Lab Supervisor Answers Your FAQ, “What Happens To A Sample In Your Lab?”

Seattle Sperm Bank Lab Supervisor Answers Your FAQ, “What Happens To A Sample In Your Lab?”

  June is Men’s Health Month. Reproductively speaking, healthy sperm is one indicator for men’s health. But so much goes into sperm production; such as diet, exercise, sleep, etc. So, what does SSB do with the sample after ejaculation to measure and assess sperm quality? We often get asked about our processes, since Seattle Sperm Bank has a reputation for the industry’s highest quality vials. Therefore, we decided to sit down with our Lab Supervisor, Ryan, and answer some of the most...

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