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Do Fertility Treatments Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

Do Fertility Treatments Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

The results of a recently released meta-analysis found no links between fertility treatments and breast cancer. These findings were published online in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility on June 21, 2021.  A meta-analysis is a type of study that combines and analyzes the results of various earlier studies. In this case, the researchers reviewed… Read more »

Why are Donor Samples Held in Quarantine for Six Months?

How much sperm do I need to conceive?

Our sperm donors are well screened and tested for infectious diseases before entering our program and continue to be tested on a regular basis while actively donating. Specifically, we are screening donors for Zika, hepatitis B/C, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, HTLV I/II, and West Nile virus, among other diseases. In addition, we perform overall health… Read more »

Using a Sperm Donor You Know: Comparing Directed Donors, Known Donors, and Personal Sperm Storage

Getting a Vasectomy? Consider Storing Your Sperm First

Along with providing anonymous donor sperm to individuals looking to conceive a child, Seattle Sperm Bank also provides personal storage of donor sperm for directed donors, known donors, and those storing sperm for personal use in the future by a sexually intimate partner. Here is a comparison of each of these donor types. A directed donor is an… Read more »

How Common Cleaning Products Can Affect Fertility

How Common Cleaning Products Can Affect Fertility

We use so many cleansers and similar products around the home it can be easy to overlook their potential negative effects. While many of them contain chemicals that won’t cause harm at low levels of exposure, there are some everyday products that may damage your fertility. These are known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and include… Read more »

Should I Look for Sperm on Social Media?

Should I use social media to find a sperm donor?

Numerous articles, such as a recent piece from BBC News, have been written about women and couples who used social media such as Facebook to purchase donor sperm to have a child. This has led to questions about the safety and effectiveness of this method.  Are there risks to buying sperm from donors on social… Read more »

Documentary Explores the World of Donor-Conceived Siblings

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For families that include donor-conceived children, even minor events like National Siblings Day or building a family tree for a class project can feel different. But things are starting to change. In recent years, an increasing number of books, movies, and shows have explored the multidimensional and complicated aspects of donor-conceived sibling relationships and non-traditional… Read more »

SSB Opens New Sperm Bank in Bellevue, WA

Bellevue Sperm Bank Opening

Seattle Sperm Bank will open a new lab in Bellevue, WA, in early April 2021. This added location will allow us to better serve our clients looking to start or add to their families by meeting the growing demand for donor sperm. SSB, one of the leading fertility clinics in the U.S., also operates sperm… Read more »

Top 5 Questions to Discuss with our Genetic Counselor

Questions for a genetic counselor

Seattle Sperm Bank recently brought a certified genetic counselor on staff to answer all your genetics-related questions. Katherine Hornberger, MS, CGC, our certified genetic counselor previously worked for a top IVF clinic and a genetic testing laboratory. With over five years of experience in reproductive medicine, she is ready to help you find the perfect… Read more »

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Sperm Bank

Top five reasons to use a sperm bank

Donor sperm that does not come from an FDA-approved sperm bank can put patients at serious risk for infectious disease. Alternative sources can also waste your money and precious time by providing ineffective samples. Furthermore, neither donors nor potential parent(s) are protected from the legal implications associated with tissue donation and parentage, which can open both… Read more »