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post #21 of 43
yes, people have done this and did conceive but it is not very reliable and shipping is very $$$.

Fresh is best.
post #22 of 43
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Thanks so much for the FYI, everyone.
post #23 of 43
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Originally Posted by roadfamily6now View Post
yes, people have done this and did conceive but it is not very reliable and shipping is very $$$.

Fresh is best.
its got to be cheaper than a flight booked 2 days before??
post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by amandakate View Post
its got to be cheaper than a flight booked 2 days before??
I know! That's what I was thinking! And even if it costs $200-300, that's a lot cheaper than the local sperm bank where I live.

Not reliable tho... now that would be a major roadblock.
post #25 of 43
Also, keep in mind that companies like FedEx charge huge brokerage fees for getting your items through customs. It's usually in the $60-$100 range, even for a small package. And since you can't rely on customs to put the package through in a timely fashion, it could be problematic. Get a plane ticket!
post #26 of 43
Thread Starter 
Aw, man. That sucks.
post #27 of 43

help me with the turkey baster!

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hi girls
look, i need some help. am considering AI in order to have a child with my partner, who has v low sperm count due to a sporting injury. i have a child already with my ex-husband, so hoping i am ok.

i don't like all this buffering and anonymity with frozen clinic sperm, so am looking into a fresh donation, as it were. but what about the turkey-basting? i don't like the sound of it at all!!!!!!!! please can someone who knows how to do it tell me what we should do? i really don't like that bit about not getting any air in the teat pipette or whatever we use, because then it might kill me.
jeez. this all seems so scary. such a pity that after 7 years of very persistent trying, my partner and i just couldn't do this.

also, i am terrified of another delivery as traumatic as my first - but maybe that's another post. (what do you do if you're so scared?)

thanks guys for anything useful you can think of to help me.

jxx
post #28 of 43

Avoid Biotranz Express

I would highly advice against using the Biotranz Express or anything from ZDL or Zavos. He is overpriced and downright unethical, IMHO

There are much better (and cheaper) alternative products out there.

NW CryoBank has a much more affordable and reliable solution. Google them.
post #29 of 43
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Whoa, this thread is a blast from the past!
post #30 of 43
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Whoa, this thread is a blast from the past!
Yes! And I'm still so fascinated to read all the options. I'll have to go back and re-read siggies to see who got pg.
post #31 of 43
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Yes! And I'm still so fascinated to read all the options. I'll have to go back and re-read siggies to see who got pg.

Well, I did, for one! I used that airplane ticket as advised on this thread.
post #32 of 43
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Well, I did, for one!
yay!!
post #33 of 43

flight option for some places...

i have to travel a lot for work and where i live our home airport is serviced by Southwest Airlines.

They have a great policy where you can cancel your flight up to right beforehand and get the whole amount you paid as a credit!! So if you and your donor both live in /near Southwest Airlines cities, you could book for when you think you'll do it but then be able to switch it around if you need to -- yes the rates go up if it is closer to the time of travel, but you don't pay any penalties for switching...

they don't go to canada though. but they do go to a few places near the border... I'm not sure if there are other airlines with similar policies.

JD
post #34 of 43
Thread Starter 
That's great! Also within the US domestic flights are pretty darn cheap and can be booked last minute (although the rates go up). This is not so true for Canada but a great option for within the US.
post #35 of 43
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Huh, this is wild! I had no idea transporting sperm was this accessible.

The websites don't mention cost. Anyone have a ballpark idea of what it would cost? I'm thinking to transport pretty faaaar... from the southern States to Canada.
We do this - we ship our KD's sperm overnight from CA. It runs about $100 for the kit and another $100 for the shipment. Of course we do two shipments a month...I cannot guarantee it works...as we have only tried this twice so far. Our midwife checked the sperm last time and they seemed pretty lively. She is going to get a better microscope - she used a fertility lens last time! Ha!Ha! Should have seen us trying to make sure the sperm did not drip back into our eyes...yuck!

Oh yeah - we use NW Cryobank... http://www.nwcryobank.com/

Check it out - the sperm is shipped - unfrozen, but cooled with ice packs. It is placed in Test Yolk...or something...
post #36 of 43
Is it legal to ship fresh sperm across the Canada/US border? And if it is, does the substance that is used to extend the sperm make it unsuitable for at-home ICI?

Our known donor is flying here in March, but then is unavailable for travel back to Canada until July. I was thinking that shipping fresh might be useful in between.
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by lemurmommies View Post
Is it legal to ship fresh sperm across the Canada/US border? And if it is, does the substance that is used to extend the sperm make it unsuitable for at-home ICI?

Our known donor is flying here in March, but then is unavailable for travel back to Canada until July. I was thinking that shipping fresh might be useful in between.
I never did find out about transporting over the border. Can you fly to him? I don't know how close you live to the border but US domestic flights are teh cheap.
post #38 of 43
I'm not that far from the border, no, but the issue is that he is going to be at various conferences around the country in April, May, and June, so us going to him won't be possible either. I can't go without DS because DP has to work, and if we all went together I'm not sure that even a domestic flight would be a lot cheaper than him flying up.

Alas.

Perhaps if it doesn't work in March we're just destined to wait until July.
post #39 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hmm... well I definitely don't KNOW that you cant transport over the border. Maybe ask a fertility doc who does donor insems at a clinic?
post #40 of 43
Yep, I suppose I may well have to. Of course, maybe it'll work first try again this time!
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