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.
Might do some further research into Fairfax to see if it seems worth it.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Momma of three, born 9/2000, 1/2003 and 12/2012! Married to my beautiful wife, whatever the law says. Nurse practitioner student, RN, childbirth educator and birth doula
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