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#1 of 15 Old 04-30-2009, 11:45 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone! I'm a smbc and need some sperm bank advice, so I figured I'd come on over to this board and tap into all of the collective sperm-bank wisdom! I've been scanning through the posts about sperm banks, and have found it so useful in helping me make the choice.

I've applied with NW Cryobank and have been approved, but something doesn't feel quite right about it. I like Fairfax A LOT, but they're so expensive. Are they worth the price? Is there another good, reputable bank that does ID Release Donors for less money? From reading on this board about the reputations each sperm bank has, I get the impression that NW may not be held in the highest regard by some - why is that?

Feel free to e-mail me off list if you want - I don't know what the rules are about posting for/against a particular bank.

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We are very happy fairfax customers. They are a bit pricey but we just loved the selection and found our wonderful perfect fit donors. DP gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in August 08 and I am pregnant with twins due in November 09!:

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I second Fairfax! Yes, they're a bit pricey...but the customer service was really good...and they had a really good selection of ID release donors. Plus, they offer adult pics of some of their donors...and that was a plus for me. So, to each their own...but in my experience...Fairfax was worth the extra money. Although...I got pregnant on my very first try using them...so I didn't have a TON of experience. Anyway...whatever you decide...good luck!

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I haven't come with any answers. We've used NW for 3 cycles and we've been unsuccessful. The guy who answers their phone is always friendly and helpful. I like their prices and haven't had any other issues with them (beyond the fact that we haven't gotten pregnant!). Think we're considering a switch to Fairfax, but it's tough to think about doubling the price. However, zero results for half-price isn't great either. Do we take the risk on the price and just hope it works out in 1 or 2 tries?

Might do some further research into Fairfax to see if it seems worth it.
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Our fertility specialist felt strongly about using Fairfax, so we went with that figuring we would trust in his wealth of experience.

At least a few years ago when we were TTC, NW Cryobank would ship to your home without a doctor involved, so if that is the route you are pursuing, then it might be a better fit. I don't believe m/any of the other banks will do that
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midwest, in addition to NW will ship to your home, although NW is a little bit more expense because of the dewar deposit.

giggle - mommy to GP born 3.16.09 and parter to liberty (GP's mama). hoping to have 2 under 2 in the very near future via DP's ute!
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will Midwest ship to your home without a doctor's signature though? NW was the only one that I found that you could do completely on your own without even a doctor's signature. I know there are a number of them that will ship to your home with a doctor's signature.
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midwest does require a doctor's signature to ship to your home. didn't know that you didn't need that for NW. interesting!

giggle - mommy to GP born 3.16.09 and parter to liberty (GP's mama). hoping to have 2 under 2 in the very near future via DP's ute!
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Hi JM, I'm also a smbc, I just made an order with NWCB for my very 1st insem cycle, and I'm curious, what kind of vibe are you getting? Is it specific or intangible? Like the PP so far all of my customer service interactions have been positive.
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I'm a customer with NW and you don't actually have to do a deposit anymore for the dewar, their prices are very reasonable, and you don't need a doc to sign off on anything. I am on the customer message boards there and I see BFPs there every month and the sperm counts are nice and high. I think if you are comfortable with low maintenace and not extremely specific about what you're looking for in a donor, they are a great way to go. They also do free photo matching.
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Hello

I'd like to hear what you have to say please.  I am a single Mom who plans on TTC later this year.

 

Thanks

Khadijah 

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FWIW I used Fairfax. Theres been alot of negative press around them, just google it. My docs had used them lots and a good shipping relationship helps I think. This is a fairly old thread I see, so I just thought Id respond. Its more about the donor, high post thaw mobility and previous pregnancies reported IMO, than which bank. But my son has up to 20 sibs out there... I know of 4 of them...  how many pregnancies the bank allows as a consideration factor. As far as the actual process went...Fairfax is definitely a business- customer service is pretty cut and dried. But they delivered, and while many have complained about the samples all of mine were good. And there were ALOT of samples- I had fertility issues that took years to resolve. 

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We chose Fairfax but had to choose between California Cryobank and Fairfax because those are the only 2 that our fertility clinic uses. Our doctor said that they are the only 2 that are FDA approved. We are waiting to try our first IUI this month but were very happy with Fairfax's customer service. We also appreciated some specials they had and joined "Club Fairfax" which gave us unlimited access to donor information for a month and $100 off our first order. It was well worth it for us. Oh and I liked that they have a pregnancy pledge program where if you buy 5 vials and do not get pregnant they will give you the 6th free. I haven't looked into that too much but it seemed pretty straightforward.
 


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Hi Again,

 

I wanted to add to this.

 

We went through our first IUI with Fairfax and when we went in for the procedure our doctor informed us that one of the samples had not thawed well, and wasn't good enough to use. She said that she has only seen that happen a few times in the past 3 years. They thawed the second sample (same donor) and it was well above the standards. She completed the paperwork and fairfax called me and told me they would be issuing a full refund. Because of my doctor's office's confidence about fairfax samples, and the quick turnaround with the refund, I'm still happy with them!

 

Good luck in choosing!


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We went through a number of IUI cycles (9, I think?) with my partner, some with California Cryobank and some with Fairfax. We switched to Fairfax when the donor we liked at CC had sold out and we saw one we liked on Fairfax. But here was the thing -- all of the specimens we got from Fairfax had VERY low sperm counts (two different donors) and our doctor told us that they see that often with Fairfax, that they split the specimens into too many parts -- making one ejaculate into too many specimens, in other words. He said they have rarely, if ever, seen that happen with California Cryobank.  We did not get pregnant with their samples, and the doc recommended switching back to California Cryobank.  Their numbers were consistently much higher, and we eventually conceived with one of their donors (9 weeks yesterday!!)

 

Just in case anyone's considering Fairfax vs. California. I'd go California!
 


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