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Building your family can seem like a very intimidating process. We want to support you through every step of the way. Explore our guides and get a road-map to creating your family.

Sperm Donation

Considering sperm donation as a family building option often raises several questions in a guy’s mind. Will you be able to bond with the kid? Will you tell them about their conception? How do you even find a willing sperm donor? Check out the resources below to get the facts and find support

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DI Dads

DI Dads is a Yahoo Group and forum targeted specifically for dads who have conceived through donor insemination. It’s designed as a safe space for men to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences as they’re going through the process of donor insemination. It’s also a great source for men who are considering donor insemination as an option for family building. To maintain the feeling of safety within the group, it’s a restricted group, meaning that membership requires approval by a group admin, and the group itself is limited to men only.

Donor Sibling Registry

The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is exactly what it sounds like:  registry in which children conceived by sperm/embryo donation can register and find their siblings. They also offer support to both the children conceived through donors, as well as their parents.

Sperm Bank Directory

This directory offers a quick glimpse at the various sperm banks across the nation. It also allows for a direct comparison of multiple sperm banks, based on the region selected.

Embryo Donation

Embryo donation is a popular solution to couples struggling with male infertility, as it effectively allows for couples to “give birth to their adopted child”. However, there are several factors that should be considered when looking into embryo donation. The following resources are meant to help take the guess work out of embryo donation, so that you can make the best decision for your family

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Embryo Donation

A overview of the process of embryo donation, as well as things you should consider before beginning the process of embryo donation.

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Questions to Ask

A fact sheet released by Resolve, a fertility advocacy group, to help you determine if embryo donation is right for you.

Donor Sibling Registry

The Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) is exactly what it sounds like:  registry in which children conceived by sperm/embryo donation can register and find their siblings. They also offer support to both the children conceived through donors, as well as their parents.

Embryo Donation: Myth and Facts
A sort of FAQ list-meets true/false quiz from Resolve about embryo donation.

Embryo Donation Directory

A national directory of embryo donation sites, sorted by state.

Adoption

We’ve put together an overview of the various options for adopting to help you get the lay of the land and so that you can start putting together a plan. As you review the options, the main question that you really need to work through with your spouse is — what type of child are we prepared to parent? One that looks different from you? A baby, a toddler, a kid? A child from another country and cultural heritage? What about siblings — would you take on more than one child? Medical history? Relationship to birth family?

Articles

Adoption

An overview to the common questions asked during the adoption process, as well as the various types of adoption.

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How to Adopt a Child

A step by step guide to the adoption process from Adoption.com

When Choosing An Adoption Resource

A list of questions, released by Resolve, to ask when looking at an adoption service.

Support Organizations

Struggling with your fertility can feel like one of the most isolating experiences in the world. But you aren’t alone in this struggle. There are support organizations out there to help you through every step of the way.

Peak Testosterone
This blog / forum provides a tremendous amount of resources for men dealing with hormone imbalances. While a number of the men are older and not focused as much on their fertility, there is a pretty good sized group of guys who are struggling with low T and infertility.
Path2Parenthood
Path2Parenthood, a 501 (c) (3) national non-profit organization is a lifetime resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. Path2Parenthood services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line. Path2Parenthood has a strategic initiative to support male reproductive health and has a lot of resources for men.

Resolve
The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders.

Infertility Support
It’s Infertility Support’s goal to educate those struggling with infertility about their options and resources. This ranges from providing information about common causes of infertility to providing support for alternative family building.

DI Dads
This men’s only Yahoo group is for dads whose children were conceived by donor insemination. It is not intended for the donors, but rather for the men who are actually raising or have raised children conceived by DI. The group is also for men who are considering with their spouses using donor insemination to create their families and are looking for information and support.

Coaches and Therapists

Think of your fertility journey like training for a sport. Besides eating right and training properly, a good coach is essential. When things aren’t going so well, a therapist can provide much needed support, a person to lean on as you try to navigate the choppy waters of infertility.

Dr. Carla Lundblade

An international celebrity therapist specializing in sports and celebrity psychologies, Carla Lundblade has worked with multiple Emmy award winning actors, U.S. Olympic medalists, prominent professional sports celebrities, international megastars and more. Carla and her husband have also experienced years of infertility. Proudly, she is now the mother of two children, one born using IVF and sperm donation and the proud wife of sterile former pro baseball player. From both clinical professional and personal perspectives Carla Lundblade understands infertility for both women and men, and knows it takes”balls” to create the family of your dreams.

Kristen Darcy

Author of award winning Love & Infertility: Survival strategies for balancing infertility, marriage and life, Kristen Magnacca Darcy walks along side couples who are struggling to conceiving helping them discover a path together through the variety of issues that can wear them thin – stress, sex, medical decisions, family and friends.

Center for Reproductive Psychology
The Center for Reproductive Psychology is dedicated to addressing the psychological impact that men and women experience when faced with obstacles in becoming parents. Drs. Martha and David Diamond, and Dr. Janet Jaffe, co-founders of the Center, know from the inside what it feels like: we have each experienced our own reproductive trauma, and have come together to provide education, psychological counseling, and supportive services to those struggling with fertility.

Join a Study

Because male infertility has long been a silent condition, it has been hard for doctors and researchers to gather data that will advance our understanding of causes and develop new treatments to cure male infertility. That can change. Researchers all over the country are conducting studies on male fertility and you can help.
One of the biggest challenges that researchers in male fertility have is recruiting men who are willing to participate in studies. Check back often as we will be updating this list as we hear about new studies. If you know of any studies that aren’t currently listed here, please contact us at dontcookyourballs@gmail.com with details so that we can add them.

Ramipril for the Treatment of Oligospermia

Clinical trial sponsored by Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Urology Cornell

This is a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of ramipril in stimulating and promoting sperm production in men with low sperm count. Ramipril is an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitor (ACEI) currently used to treat high blood pressure. However, previous studies have shown that this class of medications can improve sperm parameters. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of ramipril compared to placebo (Substance That is not known to have treatment effect), in improving sperm density in infertile men with documented low sperm count. This study will help us identify subjects that might benefit from treatment with this medication, and the effect it will have on sperm count, shape, and motility.

Aromatase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Male Infertility

Clinical trial sponsored by University of Utah, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department

This project aim to study the role of aromatase inhibitors, in particular anastrozole, in the treatment of infertility in obese male. Obese male with sperm count between 5-15 million/ml will be randomized to receive anastrozole (1mg/day) or placebo. After 4 month of treatment, the final outcome will be improvement in sperm count.

Choline Dehydrogenase and Sperm Function: Effects of Betaine

Clinical trial sponsored by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nutrition and Research Institute 

The ability of sperm to swim is important for normal fertility. Men with a genetic variation in the gene coding for Choline Dehydrogenase (CHDH) have decreased energy production by sperm, and their sperm do not swim normally. The metabolic product of this gene is a nutrient called betaine (found normally in the diet as a part of many foods such as spinach, beets and grain products). This study tests whether treatment with betaine is safe and whether it can normalize energy production in sperm of these men and restore normal swimming ability.

Financial Support

Struggling with your fertility can often lead to a financial struggle, too. These organizations are dedicated to helping you fund your fertility journey.
BabyQuest

Grants for fertility treatments

Baby Quest Foundation provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford the high costs of procedures such as egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and gestational surrogacy.

Cade Foundation

Grants for family building & outreach and education services

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (TQCF) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility. Through education and outreach, we support families struggling with infertility, and strive to educate outside communities about relevant and related issues. In addition, the TQCF also provides financial assistance to families pursuing infertility treatment or domestic adoption through the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Family Building Grant. This dual approach distinguishes the foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation.

Glow

A fertility app that helps you get pregnant naturally and covers fertility treatments.

Glow First is a non-profit program that helps make treatment affordable by letting you “pool” your risk with a large group of healthy couples. When you sign up, you start contributing $50/mo. When you get pregnant, your contributions stop. The money you have contributed to that point, will be used to help other couples get pregnant. During the months you are trying to conceive Glow helps track your fertility and offers tips to help you conceive on your own. After 11 months, if you still haven’t conceived, Glow First will pay an accredited infertility clinic of your choice when you submit proof of your medical costs.

Fertility within Reach

Helping couples advocate with insurance, employers & legislation 

Through education and coaching, Fertility Within Reach (FWR) aims to empower infertile individuals to advocate in order to build their family.Information on our site is intended to support your communication process with physicians, insurance companies, employers, and legislators in your efforts to access Infertility treatment for yourself and the infertility community.

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