Location: Washington, United States

I began my TTC journey in January 2005. It finally worked with the 5th IUI and along came Eliana! I started trying for a second (T42) a little over a year later, and was thrilled to get pregnant on the second try this time. Jacob soon joined our family! Not sure if I am done at two, but come along for my journey in motherhood. If you stop by, please leave me a short note! I like to know when I have visitors. :)

Friday, December 31, 2004


So, yesterday I called the NW Cryobank to see if they had received all my paperwork and they had. Then, I called SRM (the fertility clinic) to coordinate the sperm shipment but I got a machine and she didn't call back until this morning.

I called back to NW Cryo this morning, and tried to order my first, second, third and fourth choices and they were either sold out or in quarantine. I hung up and did a frantic search again with only the short profiles to guide me. I made a list of about 4-5 that looked acceptable from their short profiles, and realized I already had the profile of one of them (I had put it aside because they didn't have a reported pregnancy). I called back and tried to order my new #1, and bingo! it was in. Then as she started totalling up my order she tells me that they are IUI vials. Now, I will be doing IUI but my doctor washes them anyway, so it's better go with ICI. Plus, once my doctor washes the sperm, the guarantee is voided. So, I go back and have her look at one other guy, and he has two vials of ICI and I do what is likely the strangest order she has ever taken...I order the two of the ICI guy (for whom I have a profile already...but not reported pregnancy) and one of the IUI guy (for whom I have no profile, but he has reported pregnancies). So, now I am going to need to remember all this for if/when I get pregnant or I won't know which one was the donor!


What an interesting, back to my laundry and cleaning.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This really confused me since there is so many abbrev. but im interested to know how u 'pick' a sperm guy? a doner? when u say profiles? is that like doctors and w/ their history & such? now correct me if im wrong, do they verify the guys? what if its a mental person from teh street who comes in and donates sperm for some extra cash? how will u know?? ok maybe not that extreme but what if a person is alocholic, how do u weed those guys out? some more 'info' would help. This is quite interesting.

btw im the same anon. I dont have a blogspot account so i have to type as as annon. sorry to here about ur relationships. we all been there. Ill be alone this nye...but ill be eating a cake in midnight...since u are on a diet, ill eat it for u :) hehe. Have a good New Years Eve & a new year.

December 31, 2004 6:11 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Anon, it's funny that you ask about donor selection since I just was describing my process to someone else earlier today. For me, I began by looking for someone with brown hair (like me), that narrowed the search but not too much, I was also interested in blue eyes (like me), but that gave only a few results so I stuck with brown hair. From there, I looked at their family health history. It was important to me to find a donor with minimal health problems.

As for how you know they aren't psychos, well I suppose you don't, but it is highly unlikely. Sperm banks have rather high standards. If you want to become a donor you fill out the paperwork (including your health history as well as your immediate family - parents, aunts/uncles, siblings, grandparents). Then they leave a sperm sample which is evaluated for your major communicable diseases. Donors need to agree to donate once a month or something like that (or was it a week..don't remember) and so the staff get to know them well. The sperm is frozen and "in quarantine" for 6 months from the time of deposit to continue to test the donor for communicable diseases like HIV.

Abbreviations in my post...IUI, intrauterine insemination. I will be having IUI. The sperm will be "washed" by the doctor, so there is no need to buy IUI prepared sperm.

ICI intracervical insemination. This is a portion of ejaculate, unwashed.

December 31, 2004 6:33 PM  

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