Midwest sperm bank? - Page 12
My partner and I have decided to start this journey with midwest sperm bank. We have been tracking every cycle since October and will finally be trying THIS MONTH (in just a couple of weeks)! We have not selected a final donor yet and just sent the rest of our paperwork in today (but did speak to someone and they have confirmed that they have everything)! I look forward to deciding on a donor and giving this a try (we have found a great doctor in our area!) Thank you to everyone who has shared their information here. It makes things a lot less intimidating to see how many people have walked this path before us!
I spoke with staff there at length and have looked at 11 donors. My wife and I are ready in about 6 weeks! I just iffy about donors because some of them are all over the internet as being "successful" and that freaks me out like our potential offspring will have 100 step bros and sisters. LOL!
Well don't use donor 038 then. He has over 100 offspring, probably (most likely) more. And if you think that number may or may not affect you if you get pregnant by him, believe me, it will.
Midwest likes to push the same handful of donors on everyone because they are successful. It's totally unethical and disgusting. I'm sure a lot of banks are like this, but I have this experience with Midwest so I can't speak for other places.
Also since their reorganization, their prices have skyrocketed and their quality has declined.
Choose your bank wisely... It's your child's future.
Donor 038 is not available anymore in the Midwest because of the huge number of children he's produced there. However, he is certainly still available to any other part of the country. I don't think his large numbers are due solely to lack of self reporting. I reported it even though we didn't go through a doctor.
I've been dealing with this bank for the past 4 years and let me tell you, their sudden closing (without even telling their current clients this was happening) was more than just an overhaul to increase prices. They were not completing the proper physicals required and just signing them off like they were.
You can believe what they tell you over the phone, but let me tell you, lots of contradictory information has come over that same line whether you were talking to Vicky or Joanne.
Do what's right for your family, that's great. I just feel people should have the most amount of information possible in order to make a good choice.
I started another thread but thought that I would post my question here as well. My partner and I are about to use Midwest Sperm Bank and are wondering if we can get more than one insemination from one vial. For example, can we use one vial for several tries over a couple of days? How long is the sperm viable? Thanks so much!!!
Sara2012 - many people here have conceived using the insemination kits that you can purchase from sperm banks. Some of us prefer to purchase our own supplies, as it may be cheaper in the long run to do so. If she is just doing a vaginal insemination, a sterile syringe should be quite sufficient. You can buy individually packaged sterile syringes on Amazon.com or Ebay.com, if you don't want to buy through Midwest.
Best of luck to your daughter!
How many vials she purchases is entirely a personal decision. We used two vials per cycle (2 inseminations) but many people have become pregnant after using only one well-timed vial.
Midwest will ship to your home I believe, so just order the shipment to arrive on the early end of the fertile window. When it's time for the insemination, we just took the vial out of the container (carefully, as it's extremely cold and can burn your skin) and let it thaw for a few minutes, then we'd hold it in our hands/armpits/between our breasts until it was body temperature. Then you just suck up all the sample inside the vial into your syringe, place it inside the vagina, and carefully push all the sperm out. It's common belief around here that it's best to lay on your back with your hips propped up for at least 20-30 minutes, if possible, to let all the swimmers get up in there.
Also, if you're interested in more information, you should head over to the Queer Conceptions April thread! Everyone there is also trying to conceive and are in various stages of the monthly cycle. They're chock full of knowledge and good advice as well as support.