What is CMV?
CMV stands for cytomegalovirus. It is a virus that can be transmitted to a developing fetus before birth. It is a member of the herpes family of viruses that include mono and chickenpox. The CDC states that nearly 1 in 3 children are already infected with CMV by the age of 5, and by the age of 40 over half of the population is infected.
Primary CMV infection occurs in people who have never been exposed to the CMV virus before. Once a person becomes infected with CMV, the virus remains alive but dormant inside that person’s body for the rest of their lives. Recurrent CMV infection, is when a dormant virus become active again. CMV infection is usually harmless and rarely causes illness. However, for pregnant women, primary CMV infection can cause more serious problems than recurrent CMV infection.
CMV and Using a CMV Donor:
The FDA requires that CMV testing be performed on all men who intend to donate sperm. A positive result however, doesn’t necessarily mean that a man will be ineligible to donate. Cryobank America will obtain semen samples from potential donors and then quarantine those specimens for at least six months. During that time, the man may have CMV antibody levels tested several times. If the antibody tests indicate the possibility of a CMV infection close to the time of the sperm donation, the man will not be allowed to donate those specimens. If the testing is uncertain, those men will also not be allowed to donate those specimens. However, if a donor tests positive for CMV IgG only, indicating a past infection, he will be allowed to donate. Those samples will be labeled in the Cryobank America database as CMV positive.
A woman who is considering pregnancy with donor semen should have CMV antibody testing as part of their IDT. Those who have had a past infection are at very low risk of transmitting CMV infection to a fetus. And are at little to no risk if they decide to use a CMV positive donor. Women who have never been exposed to CMV should consider using a CMV negative donor. Even though the risk from a CMV positive donor is low it is impossible to determine whether there will be risk for infection.
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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!