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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 »

How is Donor Sperm Used for Insemination?

How is Donor Sperm Used for Insemination?

Artificial insemination is a safe and effective way to conceive a child if the person planning to carry has no underlying fertility issues. Two common methods include home insemination and intrauterine insemination (IUI). To illustrate how these methods work, let’s first look at what is needed for a successful pregnancy. Let’s start with the basics…. Read more »

Getting started with TTC (Trying to Conceive)

Getting Started with TCC

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),… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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,… Read more »