Tips and Tricks to Ovulation

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Tips and Tricks to Ovulation

Tips and Tricks to Ovulation:

Did you know it’s only possible to become pregnant a few days out of the month? There are about 4 -6 days when a woman can get pregnant, which correlates to the days leading up to ovulation and the day after. Sperm can around five days in a women’s body, but the oocyte (egg) only lasts between 12 and 24 hours! Since, females are wired to rely on so many different hormones, determining when you will be ovulating can be very tricky! I have put together a list of helpful tips and tricks to help you identify the day of ovulation, and subsequently the best day for your insemination.

  1. Purchase an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). These kits are designed to help predict the likelihood of ovulation and are available over-the-counter at your local Walgreens or CVS.

 

  1. Download an App on your smartphone to help track your menstrual cycle. Typically, cycles are between 28 - 32 days.

 

  1. Ovulation usually occurs near day 14 (right in the middle of your cycle). This will depend on your personal cycle, so ovulation can occur anywhere from day 11-16.

 

  1. During ovulation, you will notice a change in your vaginal discharge. A clear and stringy discharge (similar in texture to egg whites) indicates you are ovulating or about to begin to ovulate, this will last for about a day.

 

  1. (OPTIONAL) Another method women use is to purchase a basal thermometer to track the vaginal temperature. This should be done BEFORE you get out of bed or it will be inaccurate. This method is not totally necessary if you do all the above mentioned and may sometimes not be accurate, especially if you are sick during any time of your cycle.

 

For additional information, I recommend visiting the American Pregnancy Association website: http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/understanding-ovulation/

 

I hope this helps!

The difference between IUI, ICI, ICSI, and A.R.T Vials.

If you have been curious about using sperm donors to help start your family, you may have gone and looked at the prices of vials and noticed there are several different types available. What is an IUI, ICI, and ICSI vial? This blog will let you know about the differences between each one, so that it can guide you in figuring out which vial is best for you.

The difference between IUI (Intrauterine insemination) and ICI (intracervical Insemination) vials are that IUI vials go through a “washing” procedure utilizing gradient separation methods, resulting in vials that are nothing but the sperm and stabilizing media that’s safe for the uterus is in each IUI vial. At Cryobank America, we guarantee 25 Million cells per milliliter (25M/ml) in our IUI vials, which are sold in in half Mils (0.5ml) units. IUI specimens can be safely placed directly into the uterus by your treating physician because there are no “round” cells or other “junk” in it (that causes cramping). These units are also ideal for use in at-home inseminations (placed near the top of the vagina and cervix). We will give you everything needed as well as instructions to be able to do this if you choose to go that route!

ICI vials are vials that have been washed, but have not undergone gradient separation steps, which remove the non-motile sperm cells, round cells, and other junk found in the ejaculate. At Cryobank America, we guarantee 17 Million cells per milliliter (17M/ml) and are sold in one milliliter (1ml) vials. ICI units are typically used for at-home insemination since these specimens cannot be placed into the uterus (due to severe cramping). Also, some fertility clinics prefer to wash their patient’s specimens in-house (usually at an additional cost to the patient), therefore these units contain one milliliter of specimen as opposed to IUI units, which are sold in half milliliter units (0.5ml). I personally recommend to our clients that they purchase IUI units since they can work for a normal IUI or an at-home insemination if preferred.

A.R.T., or artificial reproductive technology, vials are lower quantity units. At Cryobank America, we guarantee 6-24 M/ml for IUI ART units and 6-16 M/ml for ICI ART units. These vials are priced lower since they contain fewer progressively motile sperm cells.

Lastly, IVF vials, also known as ICSI vials, undergo our wash process and are guaranteed 1-6 Million per milliliter. These units are recommended for clients utilizing in-vitro fertilization or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection procedures, where only a few sperm are needed.

If you still have questions concerning vial type and differences between the types, please contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable Cryobank America staff members today!

Email us at info@cryobankamerica.com or give us a call at 817-945-8708

All pricing can be found at https://cryobankamerica.com/pricing/

Supplement for Fertility

It’s often asked, is there a supplement that could help increase your fertility? Well there is, and it’s called Coenzyme-10, or CoQ10 for short. This supplement is a natural antioxidant, that helps with defragmentation of sperm, and the aging process of oocytes. Essentially, it is keeping your eggs and sperm at a healthy young age, even as you age every day. It doesn’t reverse the aging problems that occurs naturally with aging, but can help stabilize it and reduce the fragmentation of your sperm, which slows the aging process.

CoQ10’s main purpose was to help heart function but over the years fertility doctors and specialist have figured out that is help Sperm and Oocytes as well. Additionally, research is showing CoQ10 may be beneficial for Parkinson’s disease patients, decrease the frequency of migraine headaches, and enhance energy production to aid in physical performance. You can pick this up over the counter at a local drug store or pharmacy like CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart. It’s fairly inexpensive, and could help you and partner conceive faster! While CoQ10 is considered safe, of course with all supplements, you should first consult with your healthcare provider.

If you are wondering about your fertility and would like to learn more about your own sperm count, you can find more information HERE  on how Cryobank America can help!

 

 

Sperm, Oocyte, and Embryo Cryopreservation

Have you ever wondered how Cryobanks, Sperm/Egg/Embryo Storage Centers, and Fertility Clinics are able to store cells that can remain living for 30+ years? Cryopreservation is the answer, and we want you to be informed a little bit of how we do this.

We use Liquid nitrogen (LN2) to preserve human cells and tissues in a state of suspended animation at cryogenic temperatures. Liquid Nitrogen is very cold, in fact it is -196 degrees Celsius or for people in the U.S. that translates to -321 degrees Fahrenheit. Liquid Nitrogen boils when it is at room temperature, so we must be careful to keep the Liquid Nitrogen cold so that is does not boil and get too warm which would allow for the cells to thaw out. With the help of freezing media and a proper technique, it will protect the cells from ice crystals, exploding, and shrinking.

If everything is done correctly, it will then result in a preserved cell, which theoretically has an indefinite shelf-life, that when thawed out properly the cells will be the same as it was before it was frozen. This allows people to utilize sperm/eggs/oocytes for future use in case they become infertile later on, which can help so many people! Liquid Nitrogen is a fascinating substance, plus, it also can help you make ice cream really fast, and that’s a pretty cool bonus!

If you would like more information about preserving your ability to conceive in the future, please visit our Directed Donor / Personal Storage page, or contact us by email at info@cryobankamerica.com or by phone at 817-945-8708

Keep the heat off your boys

Yes, by boys we mean your testicles. It’s important to know everyday things you do that could decrease your fertility, even in the cold season. Wearing briefs or tights during a workout, setting a laptop on your lap, taking hot baths or long hot showers can all kill your sperm! The reason behind this is because your testicles self-regulate their temperature by having a series of veins called the Pampiniform Plexus surrounding them. In simplified terms, the veins exchange heat and that will cool the testicles down, but if the area is constantly over heated the Pampiniform Plexus will not work properly.

Another mechanism the testicles use is the ability to bring them closer or farther away from the body, this also allows it to change the temperature, but again if they are trapped in tight underwear or over heated this will not help save your sperm. If for some reason your sperm count is low, you can try one or all things we have suggested and in about 60 days you should see an increase in sperm production! Yes 60 days is a long time, but that is the amount of time it takes to completely cycle through and produce new sperm.

If you are concerned or just generally interested to know how viable your sperm is, please contact us at info@cryobankamerica.com or by phone at 817-945-8708. At Cryobank America, we offer both basic and complete sperm analysis where you can learn about the concentration, motility, vitality, progression, and morphology of your specimen!

Cryobank America

ARLINGTON, Texas., September 1, 2017

Cryobank America, the newest sperm and egg bank in the U.S., is pleased to announce it’s opening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.

Located at 3050 S Center St. Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76014, Cryobank America is headquartered in the Medical City District of Arlington between I-20 and I-30 near University of Texas – Arlington.

With the global sperm shortage causing a crisis not previously seen, many couples and single women are turning to sperm donors to start or expand their families. Dr. Sunday Crider, Ph.D HCLD/ELD, the Tissue Bank Director and Laboratory Director at Cryobank America adds, “A simple search online about male infertility and donor sperm shortage yields thousands results from countries around the world, all facing this same significant issue.”

With the Dallas-Fort Worth area comprising of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, Cryobank America carefully chose this location amongst many others in consideration. “The city of Arlington is in-between two major metropolitan area in Texas,” Sanjay Kumar, CEO and Co-founder explained, “This allows us for us to choose the best Texans to be part of our program”.

Rigorous eligibility requirements at Cryobank America ensure that the donors that enter the Sperm Donor Program are the best of the best. Less than 1% of potential donor applicants make it through the entire process and become fully eligible donors. Once specimens are moved out of quarantine per FDA requirements, units are shipped all over the world to aid in combating the shortage.

Cryobank America also caters toward directed sperm donors. These donors are men who are either storing their specimen as an insurance policy, should in the future they lose their ability to be fertile, or donors who will be donating their specimen to an intended recipient. “Men who are in occupations that place them in risk are encouraged to bank their sperm in order to preserve their fertility, including policemen, firefighters and military members” says Dr. Crider. “Additionally, men facing serious illnesses such a cancer or men wanting to get a vasectomy can all benefit from cryogenic preservation of their specimens.”

The staff at Cryobank America is comprised of highly educated and trained professionals, all holding at least a master’s degree in the biological sciences field. The entire staff is very excited to begin work on helping the countless couples and individuals all over the world make their dreams of starting a family a reality.

For more information, contact info@cryobankamerica.com