Tag Archives: Xytex Cryobank

From a Donor’s Wife

Many people (and certainly the sperm banks) often don’t understand why 20, 40, 100, or 200 kids for any one donor might be problematic. Besides the obvious medical and psychological issues for donor offspring, this perspective from a donor’s wife … Continue reading

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CBS News & the NY Times: Woman uses DNA test, finds sperm donor – and pays a “devastating” price.

CBS ran their story on the Northwest Cryobank situation I wrote about in my last blog post and the NY Times ran its story on February 16, 2019. It’s my professional opinion that sperm banks’s attempts to keep donor-conceived people from their first and second-degree genetic relatives, by trying to … Continue reading

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DNA and Your Rights

We’ve been hearing disturbing accounts of NW Cryobank threatening donor families for DNA testing. In the past, this sperm bank has also prohibited its donors from using the DSR to make mutual consent contact, thereby prohibiting offspring from learning more … Continue reading

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Donor Conception: Old vs. New Thinking

  Old thinking: Infertility is something to be ashamed of. New thinking: Coming to terms with infertility is a process. With proper education and counseling, healing can begin so that the shame of infertility isn’t passed along to the child … Continue reading

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Sperm & Egg Donation: Telling is the First Step

In 2000 when my son and I started the Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) (initially as a Yahoo chat discussion group), the predominant conversation was about disclosure. Back then many, mostly straight, parents were invested in keeping the secret, and came … Continue reading

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Half Siblings from Sperm and Egg Donation

Three half sisters meet Family can be formed and defined in so many different ways, but biology has always been the most common family bond. If biology didn’t matter, we’d give birth to our babies, and then just pick any … Continue reading

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The DSR Files an FDA Citizen’s Petition

We filed a “Citizen’s Petition” to the FDA, and it’s now available for people to add comments. Please, add your comments, as the more we get, the better our chances of accomplishing something (anything….even a further conversation with the FDA … Continue reading

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An Invitation to All Sperm Banks

I’d like to set a challenge to all sperm banks in the US. I invite you to follow in the steps of many egg clinics and agencies, and offer your donors and parents the option of writing the Donor Sibling … Continue reading

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The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank. An Idea Whose Time Has Come.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-kramer/the-ethical-sperm-bank-an_b_7841180.html A cultural phenomenon is growing these days in the world of gamete donation. The voices of the donor-conceived are growing louder and clearer, and the vast majority express that knowing or having known the identity of their donors is … Continue reading

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The Donor Sibling Registry’s Worldwide Reach

The Donor Sibling Registry’s reach is worldwide. In June we had new members joining from the UK, Israel, Canada, Australia, France, Norway, Denmark, Spain, & Sweden. These families used major US sperm banks that ship internationally, and also small clinics … Continue reading

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