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Choosing a Sperm BankWhat to Know | HuffPost
Carolyn George admits that looks were a top priority when she went about choosing a sperm donor to help conceive her second child. She wanted someone with blond hair and green eyes, features her ex-boyfriend had passed down to their year-old son, Noah. From Fairfax Cryobank in Fairfax, Virginia, one of the country's largest sperm banks, she chose Donor for his coloring and also for his health. Asked on his donor profile about his history of disease, from heart problems and cancer to allergies and eczema, he mentioned none. Her baby, named Ethan George, was born in April with a thatch of red hair and blue eyes. He couldn't have resembled his brother—or his brown-eyed, brown-haired mother—any less. When Ethan was 1 week old, he developed eczema on his face.
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And I know, this can seem completely overwhelming- hang in there! Maybe it's because they are a non-profit, they do seem to try a bit harder to keep accurate records and to act in a more responsible and ethical manner. They are not perfect, but do seem to try harder to contact donors when a child turns 18, not just send a generic letter in the mail, as some banks, like California Cryobank have done.
Dozens of sperm banks across the country are recruiting men to help them build up a supply of frozen sperm to meet the growing demand from women looking to start families. But the bar is lower for members of ethnic groups that tend to be shorter. And given a perpetual lack of African-American donors, height may not be a disqualifier for black donors. Keeping your sperm count high enough to make the grade means at least two — more often three — days of abstinence before each donation.