A New Route In Conscious Family Planning.
When a couple or individual decide to have a baby that can be a very exciting time. However, there are many biological problems that can arise causing the couple or mother to be incapable of pregnancy. There are many natural ways to avoid such tragedy and in the event those are not enough, a sperm bank, or cryobank, will collect and distribute sperm to help potential mothers who may not have another option.
In many parts of the world, cryobanks are available to serve the ready adults to make the transition over to parenthood. They serve to accept the donor sperm, either by recruitment or through a careful screening process. They will then store .4 to 1.0 ml of a sample per individual in a cryogenically preserved liquid nitrogen tank with data and background attached regarding the donor so that interested individuals can examine the pedigree of the sample to see if it will be a good match for their lifestyle.
Information like the age of the man, the family history, or education may be collected to inform the recipients. Men who donate their own samples are screened for any health issues that may affect the DNA of the sample or the life of the child. Men will be tested for health issues like Chlamydia, HIV, or Hepatitis C virus. The man can be within the ages of 18 and 45 and be in a healthy state. Cryobanks have measures enacted to restrict the use of one donor’s sperm to prevent them from being given to an abundance of recipients.
There can be a number of reasons why these people will need to use their services ranging from health reasons to convenience reasons. These services can be crucial to couples where they fear the man may be infertile, not carrying effective or strong enough sperm for impregnation, or he may be at risk for passing along a genetic disease to the child. This is a popular option for such couples but there is controversy since the father raising the child will not actually be the biological father.
Women who accept this service must be healthy enough to have children and should be checked by their physician to see if they are capable of carrying a child or not. Once given the go ahead, the woman will have the sample artificially implanted in her cervix either in a hospital or at home. Women who choose this service may also want to be a single mother or be involved in a gay relationship, requiring the service of the sperm bank since there are no men involved. For an extra fee, women can also have the opportunity to choose the gender of the child through a process called sperm sorting. This involves tagging the sperm for gender characteristics and then using the specific sperm for the impregnating. However, this procedure is illegal in some states and the legality should be determined before any decisions are made. If the woman is unable to accept the semen in utero then she might have to consider the process being done in vitro, in glass.
Cryobanks serve to give couples options when it comes to family planning. The donors are in no way responsible for the legal caretaking of the child so recipients must be in a stable situation to care for the child on their own. Cryobanks are under scrutiny by religious and political organizations for altering the concept of a biological family but they have proven to help many couples provide loving families across the world.
This is a guest post by Claire, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her main interests are education and health, but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers. She currently works for California Cryobank.