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Putting All Your …Sperm in One Basket

By Tracey Minella

January 31st, 2012 at 10:05 am

It’s the last day of the month and that means it’s “Just for Guys” day here at the Fertility Daily blog! For those who don’t know it, I always post something of particular interest to the boys on the last blogging day of the month. You know, just to remind them where their place is…Oh, just kidding! (Where would we be without them?)

So, today I’m sharing a true miracle story especially to inspire the guys with male factor infertility (and their loving wives).

The man was tested. No sperm. Not low motility or low count.


But thanks to advancements in assisted reproductive technology, he underwent a testicular biopsy…a procedure to search tissue for sperm, one at a time. A team of three scientists spent 9 hours searching his tissue for sperm.

They found one. A single sperm. And they froze it.

The wife underwent IVF and wasn’t a super egg producer herself, according to the article. But, with ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), they fertilized one of her eggs with that single sperm cell.

And she conceived. Against the odds.

They have a little girl now. To read the whole story, click here:

Fortunately, Long Island IVF patients have easy access to our on-staff male reproductive specialist, Dr. Yefim Sheynkin. His unique experience and many years of expertise in reproductive medicine, microsurgical treatment of male infertility, and sperm retrieval techniques for in vitro fertilization are unparalled.

If you have male factor infertility, please ask your RE about all of your options. Get evaluated by their on-staff reproductive urologist. The best centers will have one. You may have more options than you think.

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Do you find stories like this inspiring? If you were diagnosed with severe male factor infertility and were a candidate for a procedure like the couple in this article had, would you consider it?

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A Condom as a “Loot Bag”?!

By Tracey Minella

December 1st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Imagine being a guy and having sex with your girlfriend. And when you’re done, she runs off to the bathroom… with the condom. Then minutes later, she’s out the door. Some guys would say that’s one cold, um, witch. Others may think that’s odd, but no big deal.

Either way, it doesn’t make for a fairytale love story. And, unsurprisingly, you part ways.

But she returns with news of a twin pregnancy and a paternity accusation.

“How-can-it-be-mine-we-used-a-condom?” But paternity is proven in the lab and child support is ordered.

Then, imagine opening the mail one day to find a receipt in your name from a fertility clinic you never visited. What the #&$%?

No, this isn’t the plot of John Grisham’s latest twisted legal thriller.

This is a claim by a 36 year old man who alleges that his ex-girlfriend stole his sperm without his knowledge and used it in her in-vitro fertilization procedure without his consent, resulting in twin boys. She allegedly used a condom as a “loot bag” and made off with the semen sample inside.

The Texas fertility clinic alleges to have blood samples and signed consent forms in its possession, purportedly belonging to the man. The woman’s attorney alleges that the man is making this claim up to avoid paying child support. You can read more here:

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. And since this post is my monthly “Just for Guys” post (normally done on the last blogging day of the month, but put off one day due to the NWW contest posted yesterday), I think the guys can learn something today no matter how it plays out.

The lesson to learn has nothing to do with who may or may not be lying in this case. It has nothing to do with this case at all.

The lesson comes in recognizing that the possibility exists for any man’s semen to be collected, taken, and used from a certain condom to create a baby elsewhere…I’m not just talking about the many hurdles (and laws!) a woman who’d want to improperly use it for an IUI or IVF would have to somehow by-pass…I’m talking about a fertile woman using it right in the bathroom at home. You know… the bathroom she ran off to with the condom.

That lesson is…

A kick in the “family jewels” may only hurt for a few minutes. But, leaving a used condom unprotected may have a significant and life-long impact. In the hands of a woman bent on conceiving at any cost, it’s like a sack of gold. When you let her leave with it (or you leave without thought), you could possibly be leaving a treasure trove of potential offspring behind. It may be highly unlikely, but it is conceivable. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Today’s advice for the guys: Don’t let anyone run off with your used condom. Dispose of it properly. Ladies: Warn the guys you know…and don’t get any ideas!

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What do YOU think about this alleged stolen sperm claim?

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7 Tips to Survive Father’s Day When You’re Infertile

By Tracey Minella

June 17th, 2011 at 12:14 am

We don’t always remember that wanna-be dads are hurting on Father’s Day the way we acknowledge the pain of wanna-be moms. So here’s seven suggestions to help the guys this weekend:

1.  Honor Your Father: If you are lucky enough to still have your father and are close enough geographically, be sure to visit him on Sunday. Sometimes you can get distracted by your own pain and your quest for fatherhood and take your dad being there for granted. Don’t do that. You never know if he will be here next year. And if visiting isn’t possible, be sure to call. Share a favorite memory from childhood. You’ll be glad you did.

2.  Get Proactive:  What can you do today that will help your fertility? Those tight briefs aren’t helping. Switch to boxers. Been meaning to quit smoking, stop drinking, or lose weight? Well, there’s no time like now. How about a long walk for exercise and clearing your mind? Any step you take to live healthier will make you feel better…even on Father’s Day.

3. Consider Charity:  Sometimes helping others less fortunate than we are makes us feel better about our plight and puts things in perspective. Trying to avoid the family barbeque with your 17 nieces and nephews and your 4 pregnant sisters? Why not help at a soup kitchen on Sunday? Or bring some school supplies or toys to a children’s shelter? Good karma never hurts.

4.  Pull the Plug on Procrastination:  What have you put off doing that might be delaying your fertility plan? Is there lab work or other testing you haven’t done? Have you put off the dentist or a medical check-up? Do you need to make vacation time arrangements at work so you can do IVF? And how many times have you tried to tackle the health insurance issues only to put the paperwork down again?

5. Take Care of You:  No one’s feelings are more important than yours and your partner’s. Don’t put yourself in a vulnerable position on Sunday (or any day). Avoid people you know will likely upset you, whether intentionally or unintentionally. You must protect yourself.

6.  Positive Imagery:  Take some time alone to remind yourself of your good qualities and the reasons you are going to make a great father someday. Envision it but don’t dwell to the point of sadness. Write down 3 reasons why you will be superdad someday. Trust that it will be.


7. Enter Our Free Micro-IVF Contest:  If you blew off suggestion #5 and somehow found yourself in the company of a moron who said the most shocking and insensitive thing to you (or your partner) about being infertile, turn those lemons into lemonade! Enter the comment in our June contest and you could win one of 5 great prize packages, plus each of the 5 winners becomes eligible to win the Grand Prize of a free Micro-IVF cycle valued at $3,900.00!! Just go to the June 6th blog post right here on the fertility daily or on ECF’s facebook page from June 6th . It’s so quick and easy!

Last year’s contest winner and her husband are celebrating their first Father’s Day on Sunday. Will YOU celebrate yours next year? Why not increase your chances? (You don’t have to use your real name if you prefer anonymity.)

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