Sperm Donation World
By Adam Hooper
Sperm Donation WorldJul 01, 2023
Episode 70: Fertility Vitamins and Supplements
Kenn Israel who lives between Uzbekistan and California has over 3 decades of experience in dietary supplements, functional food, and natural products. He is the founder and manager of Innovation Nutrition Consulting LLC, in other words, he is the full bottle when it comes to the importance of understanding this innovative field of expertise and I tracked him down to share his words of wisdom to our community.
We speak about a large number of fertile vitamins and supplements on the market, we explore options for those experiencing Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome and what they can take to restore balance. What Vitamins do you have to stop taking once pregnant that could become harmful? How Do you identify and pick the best prenatal vitamin? What's the difference between folic acid vs folate? What are other key active forms ingredients that actually make a prenatal effective? All this and more a must listen to those who are serious about their fertility and the baby's health.
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Episode 69: The Donor Sibling Registry
Wendy Kramer is the Co-Founder of the Donor Sibling Registry which was formed in 2000 because there was a gap in the market that was starting to emerge and curious people were seeking answers or seeking connections. She was that parent back in a time when doctors told their patients to lie about their child's origin to go against the grain. Transparency was key in her mind and her son Ryan first asked about his origin at the age of 2 which set the ball rolling on how she was going to prepare for this road ahead.
Over the past 2 decades, Wendy has dedicated her life to donor-conceived people, she shares her stories and the studies that have taken place within her 89,000 community, and she continues to produce educational resources in a working week that consists of 70 hours plus. In this episode, she shares her vast array of knowledge and shares her thoughts on where the sperm banks are failing us.
For more information about Wendy Kramer and the Donor Sibling Registry visit this episode's link.
Episode 68: Donor Conceived Queen
Stef Kozaczuak mother of 4, the former Californian, now living on the East Coast found out she was donor-conceived via a 23 and me test at the age of 32. It was a test her partner bought for her to take during a Black Friday sale which was to lead to many more Black Fridays ahead, as her DNA was holding secrets that only her parents knew about previously and that they still remain in denial about relinquishing.
Peter the father who raised her was also a part of an Evangelical Church as a minister, where many forms of abuse were carried out during her childhood years, making her story come from a very dark place. She has triumphed like the true Queen she is and now has become an advocate for the donor-conceived.
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Episode 67: Donorkind
Ties Van Der Meer 44, is the chairman of the Donorkind Foundation in the Netherlands. His story is unique in the fact that not only is he donor conceived himself, but he also followed in his donor's footsteps and became a sperm donor. He shares his upbringing dynamic that involved his mother separating from her partner at just 3 years old and being raised with an adopted brother from Columbia, it becomes a tale of searching for family.
He shares that he is aware of 18 donor children from his contributions to the clinic and how he wishes not to have any more children, even though his wife may wish to have children one day, and what might be alternative options for her.
In recent times the Netherlands has had its biggest civil court case involving Dutch sperm donor Jonathan Meijer who fathered hundreds of children and the Donorkind Foundation found itself at the forefront of all this. We look at the court outcomes and discuss this story in the lead-up to the Netflix release.
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Episode 66: The Well-Adjusted 90s Clinic Donor
Pete O'Irish from Ohio was your typical American donor-next-door kind of guy. A Grad school student looking for that extra income to score himself some pizza and beer. This very cliche story of coming across a sperm donor advert in a student flyer that lures men in with the promise of anonymity and a 10-family limit was and still is an attractive proposition as a fair trade-off to enhance the quality of life during these tough studying years.\
Everything was going to script until Pete read an article around 2005 predicting anonymity to be dead with new technologies of DNA testing coming through. Lo and behold his father signed up to Ancestry and was tracked down, with the threat of the cat being released out of the bag, Pete spilled his most well-kept secret to his wife that was none the wiser, and from there his thought process evolved, to where he has now become a part of some of these donor-conceived peoples lives to date he has 18 children accounted for and he explains navigating those relationships as everyone has different expectations from each other.
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Episode 65: Elevit your Game, Talking the MTHFR Gene
Strap yourself in for a 4-hour marathon with Michelle Carlon 32, from New South Wales she has a lot to say and a story to tell that will keep you entertained throughout. To begin we looking into Genetic testing at the clinics and how they're not giving customers copies of their results and therefore not telling them what gene mutations they may have. We then move on to Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and the dangers that these clinical drugs can impose on women. The second half of this episode gets deeply personal, Michelle shares her story of a failed relationship after the tremendous IVF toll, and the unexpected pregnancy of her child to a new partner, that relationship didn't last and she is now trying to negotiate to have a 2nd child with her fiance who is very skeptical after everything she has already been through and would hate to lose her through her pregnancy risks. We delve into her pregnancy journey where she was told the terminate her child at 23 weeks and then at 30 weeks another unexpected huge curve ball is thrown at her, where she had to hold on from giving birth or risk losing her child, everything that could have gone wrong during this pregnancy did so. After going through that intense story we finish our conversation chatting about egg donation.
To find out more about this episode and information on Michelle please go to the podcast information page for this episode: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-65-elevit-your-game-talking-mthfr-gene/
Episode 64: Let it Come
Aayize Diaz 30, based in Miami Florida is a gay talented rapper who came onto the American donor scene a number of years ago, yet due to poor lifestyle habits and fondness for Mary Jane, it took him 3 years to achieve his first pregnancy. He decided to tone down his consumption of weed and got 4 quick pregnancies he is now on his way to helping contribute to 11 lives born from his contribution. At the start, he was carelessly throwing his seed around to any takers as he has become more educated and has learned to refine his donating to people who live locally and that are willing to give him some limited involvement with the children.
Aayize shares some fascinating stories of smoking weed with his recipients before the point of insemination, unusual places he has donated, and his first-ever sexual encounter with a woman being a 3some while trying to create a baby. We debate whether gay sperm is more popular than anti-vax sperm plus much more. For more information on this episode and where to contact Aayize visit: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-64-let-it-come/
Episode 63: The Spiritual Messiah
David Starlyte lives a nomadic lifestyle that currently has him residing in Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. Many would view him as a shaman healer, that focuses on coaching in the arts of soul mentoring and non-duality consciousness healing, he takes me on a spiritual journey in the episode and enlightens me with his views on life, and dissecting our instinctive nature and situations he has been confronted with thus far in his donor pathway to date.
David has also had some clinical experience donating to a lady in Israel and then in around 2016 while he was living in Perth, he visited two separate fertility clinics in the state and donated enough sperm to potentially help 5 families at each clinic, we are led to believe in Australia there are strict monitoring systems in place, yet when we dissect this real-life event, we realize it’s all sugarcoating, and businesses will run as businesses are set up to do and that’s for profit.
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Episode 62: C U in the NT to Donate
Shane Wagner the Melbourne Native has donated to a handful of families in Victoria, he is currently relocating to Darwin where there is currently a donor shortage. Despite some interesting negative experiences he faced so far in his donor journey, he describes his overall experience to date right up there with some of his life's most memorable moments, and that if he was to have done this at the clinic it could not possibly come close in levels of fulfillment.
Scott explored the clinic option before turning his back on it, he looked at the $50 compensation offered for a donation as a bit of a joke. Being a single man he shares his encounters with a single woman and how one circumstance found him in a relationship that ultimately didn't work out. He shares with us his concerns about privacy and respecting boundaries as well as some interesting stories.
For more information about Scott and this episode visit: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-62-cu-in-the-nt/
Episode 61: Perth Has A New King
Shane Maynard, 35 years old from Western Australia is the hottest donor in town at the moment, and with 6 donor children on the way already within his first 6 months of donating, we may as well hand him the keys to the city now and crown him the new King of Perth. After a friendly conversation with a friend looking for a sperm donor, Shane was pointed in the direction of Sperm Donation Australia, where he first slowly observed the scene and did his own research.
Shane discusses in this episode, artificial insemination (syringes and soft cups), we talk about our recent media on Channel 9 news and the clinic alternative, we look into lube and should taking Super Annuation really be an option. We analyze how many donor children a clinic is allowed as opposed to an online donor, which has a safe system register in place, plus much more.
For more information on this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-61-perth-has-a-new-king/
Episode 60: The Female Empowerment Coach
Greta French-Kennedy from Adelaide, South Australia is the real deal female empowerment health coach, in the age of social media where coaches are popping up left right, and centre, many talk the talk but do they walk the walk? In a time in society where the biological clock ticks fast, in a period where most relationships don’t last the test of time, sometimes it takes bravery to forge your own path toward creating your own destiny in starting a family and this is exactly what Greta has done and she is here today to share her story and inspire others.
Greta first explored the option of the clinics, as a person who is health conscious this didn’t sit comfortably with her, also the idea of picking an American donor from a sheet of paper hardly sounded appealing, this is when she discovered Sperm Donation Australia and started exploring the known donor option which felt right for her. We discuss all this plus more.
To find out more about this episode and to watch her media and more about her coaching website visit.
Episode 59: Just Another Busy Mum
Brooke Withington is a busy mum, whose life turned, even more, busier overnight when her TikTok video went viral sharing her donor conception story. The Gold Coast, mother of 5 chalked up over 750K views and now holds the record worldwide for the most impactful media influential piece for online sperm donation. Currently, 700 women and counting were inspired by her story that they’re now exploring the donor option.
Brooke describes herself as an independent person that just loves her children and has a passion for baking. After noticing modern-day dating trends and the lack of longevity these days, she elected to go down the donor path, of her children the child conceived via known donor sperm has been the less stressful. She shares with us today much knowledge from her experience of going down this path and the potential of a 6th child to come.
For more information on this episode and to find her Instagram and TikTok visit. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-59-just-another-busy-mum/
Episode 58: A River doesn’t just carry water, it carries Life
As I am about to embark on my upcoming tour to Adelaide, was important to take in some local knowledge of what to expect and what to do, but also hear a lovely story along the way that shows good things can happen here. South Australia has the unwanted reputation of having the least amount of donors in Australia compared to other states. One couple who managed to buck that trend is Tamara and Brodie who matched with their donor quite easily and successfully conceived their baby "River" first shot.
For them, it all started with the clinic as the first go-to point, before discovering Sperm Donation Australia, and with the consideration of having a wedding and a baby nearly simultaneously, the budget needed to be reeled in. A more natural, less stressful process became the logical choice. We talk about their journey from how they met, deciding on who to carry first, and explaining to a 5-year-old where donor babies come from plus much more in this episode.
For more information about this episode visit. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-58-a-river-doesnt-just-carry-water-it-carries-life/
Episode 57: Israel's Son
Israel has ties to one of the world's most prolific online sperm donors in the world in that of Ari Nagel, yet despite that, the people of Israel often think a clinic is the only option and the online way of donating hasn't really taken off. Enter Torem Zera, whose modelesque features that come with a decent sense of intelligence make him the most sort out local donor in Israel's history starting in 2015 now with 20 children he will reach born during 2023.
As a Single man still looking for love and to eventually one day start his own family, we chat about dating and the responses from women when he reveals he is a donor. We take a trip down memory lane about his first donations and the feeling of his first successful birth as a result of his help.
For more information about this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-57-israels-son/
Episode 56: Raised by a Single Mother by Choice
iara Rae Schuh, 25, from Chicago is a donor-conceived person from a solo motherhood journey. The youngest of 2 siblings, her mother now seen as a pioneer was career-focused and found herself in the predicament of wanting to start a family without being in that established relationship, with time no longer on her side the sperm donor option was the only logical option. The way she raised her children to be able to process their own identities is a testament to her character in a time when there were no real known guidebooks on how to navigate such circumstances.
In November 2022, Kiara released the book "Chosen Family" which explores her story, her views, and the relationships she has created along the way with her donor and currently 23 other half-siblings.
For more information about this episode visit the Sperm Donation World episode information page , where you can purchase the book and visit Kiara's webpage.
Episode 55: Polygyny Ambitions
Residing in the very liberal grounds of Queens, New York we find the right-winged Jaye Wilde. He identifies as anti-abortion and pro-life. He is very passionate about his human rights to say no to what he calls the death shot. and discusses his views and theories on human population control. Jaye formed a long-term relationship in his late teens and got married, but like many marriages in society these days, they grew apart after creating 3 children together and Jaye had finally found himself single without much previous dating experience.
It was soon after a lesbian lady approached him about sperm donation and exposed him to this world, where he dived straight in, full speed ahead guns blazing. In 2.5 years on the donor scene, he has contributed to the births of 18 children. With experience, he has now slowed down and is currently putting plans into place to create a potential polygyny-style family.
To contact Jaye Wilde and more information about the episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-55-polygyny-ambitions/
Episode 54: The Alpha Male Donor
Living it up in southwest Florida resides "Hunglo Wang", he is what identifies himself as an Alpha male. He has lived the highs and lows of a male entertainer during his college years, to getting married and to divorce where his ex-wife abducted the kid away from him. He found himself in a place where he didn't want to continue making previous mistakes and became a donor, particularly helping same-sex couples.We go over his strong viewpoints, his donating criteria, and his encounters with the infidelity of lesbians cheating on each other. We also delve into his previous and ongoing relationships with his recipients and the visitations he has with some of the children plus much more. What does the future look like for Hunglo? He is open to settling down in a 3-way relationship with a lesbian couple? Any takers?
For more information on this episode and you view Hunglow's how-to-date American men guide visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-54-the-alpha-male-donor/
Episode 53: Circle of Life
Paul Seils Jnr from Noosa in Queensland is the eldest of 4 siblings. He had gotten married and took on 2 step-children, after a few years of marriage his then partner said she wasn't prepared to have any more children, and eventually, the marriage dissolved. Paul was back single and the opportunity for his own biological children may have passed. It was then a friend recommended Sperm Donation Australia, to which he ventured down the rabbit hole and explored.
Paul discusses what it was like to become a donor, the feeling around a successful conception, and the joy it has brought to his life, we also get an insight into his lifestyle, and all the key parts of it, such as keeping fit and healthy, taking vitamin and supplements to increase fertility, his spiritual side, his musical passion and his stance on the covid vaccine, plus much more.
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Episode 52: Wonder Woman
Daniela Chavez. 39, from Southern California, identifies as Trans female, and in this episode, we explore this in hope of possibly inspiring more trans females to consider sperm donation. Daniela first found out about sperm donation via an ex-friend who she offered to help but to her shock was declined as she elected to want to use a stranger.She iss still looking to do her maiden donation and has stopped taking hormones to regain a suitable sperm count, so when the time comes she is ready to unload. We also discuss what her dating life looks like she is currently single and taking each day as it comes.
For more information about this episode visit the website https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-52-wonder-woman/
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Episode 51: Reaching Valhalla
Johanna, from Gothenburg, in Sweden first featured in episode 14, back in early 2019. She had her choice of matching with any known donor in the world and ultimately picked a donor from Perth, Western Australia. What started off as an optimistic yet hopeful story ended up having so many twists and turns that many others would have perhaps given up, this is a tale of all good things that come to those who wait.
We recap over all the past events and curve balls she was delivered along the way, such as failed IVF rounds in various countries (Denmark, Sweden, Russia), then finding out she had Turner’s syndrome and therefore needed an egg donor. In May 2022 her baby boy and my most recent donor child finally arrived and were well worth the wait.
For more information on this episode visit the website https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-51-reaching-valhalla/
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Episode 50: From Brisbane to Perth to have a Baby
Ingrid Stefaniw, 35, who now resides in Brisbane, after traveling abroad and living overseas as a health professional worker which allowed her that flexibility. From the age of 30, she set herself a timeline to find a partner to start a family she gave it a good hard crack, going on over 85 dates on various dating apps with none of them worthy of being her baby’s father.
Like a lot of people, she took the clinic approach, following a failed IUI and IVF cycle respectively, she finally began her quest for fresh sperm, where she spoke to a handful of donors before deciding to travel across the country to pick me as her donor. We chat about her experience and journey, and how she achieved her first cycle success with a baby due in Feb 2023.
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Episode 49: After 10 IUI failures, we needed a new plan
Angela Deliso, 35, from California, always knew deep down she was attracted to women, and with the expectations of society, like many didn’t come out to herself for some time. In 2015 she signed up for a dating site where she met her partner Dee and fell in love and got married. Like most love stories the conversation of children came up and before they knew it they were buying vial after vial from the Cryobank.
After 10 failed cycles of IUI, Angela started questioning her own fertility and the eternal pressures she felt in not falling pregnant to gift her family a newly desired member. It was at this point she came across Kyle Gordy, a world-renowned donor that had proven success and provided an alternative approach. From the clinical setting to doing Ai in the backseat of a car. Angela discovered she wasn’t barren after all and that all she required was good quality sperm, from one fresh donation Angela fell pregnant and is now blessed with a baby boy.
For more information on this episode visit the website. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-49-after-10-failed-iui-we-need-a-new-plan/
Episode 48: Donating with a Disability
"AJ" from Los Angeles has spent almost a decade Wheelchair-bound from a freakish accident down at the beach one day just shy of his 24th birthday. Coming from a Mexican-Latino heavily religious family, he always dreamt of becoming a parent one day, and with that unfortunate event that transpired, his fathering aspirations had to be let go.Along the way, he stumbled across the idea of becoming a sperm donor, where he could potentially help a couple of families become parents. With restricted travel limitations, and requiring assistance to produce a donation, it's fair to say logistically he had to think outside the box to make such a gift come true. AJ is a pioneer for those donating with a disability and sheds some insight that may hopefully inspire others to follow suit.
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Episode 47: Fertility Fraud, Doctors impregnating their own patients
On the Eve, of the Netflix premiere release of Our Father, which highlights the fertility fraud of Doctor Donald Cline from Indianapolis who sired countless amounts of children without patient consent. What better time to speak to a person that found themselves a victim of similar circumstances meet Eve Andrews Wiley from Texas who shares her story and her own hardships from being doctor-conceived.
Eve's thought to be father Doug died at the age of 7, she later found out at 16 through snooping through her mother's emails that she was donor-conceived. From there she tracked down Donor 106 "Steve" who was registered as her donor only to find out later he wasn't after forming a strong bond with him. Through her home detective work, she found out she was conceived with her parent's own fertility doctor. Eve has spent her time since pushing for changes in legislation holding those accountable that participated in such heinous acts, to date she has discovered over 60 doctors worldwide that thought this was acceptable practice to partake in.
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Episode 46: Uprooted
Imagine living almost half of a century and finally being told you were conceived with the assistance of donor sperm back in 1945 in Boston. Well, this is what happened to Peter J Boni, while his mother was recovering from a stroke in her mid-70s it was finally time to tell the big family secret. Peter shares with us his story from becoming an established CEO in the tech world, to losing the man that raised him from depression, through his time in Vietnam and other life-changing events that helped shaped him to become who he is today.
Since finding out in 1995, Peter has become a fountain of knowledge and a representative for Donor Conceived Peoples rights, and his book "Uprooted" will act as a tool to help push for change and help educate others. Peter shares with us some of his views and perspectives and a bit of history of donor conception and where it might be headed.
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Episode 45: Donor Child
Emma Grønbæk is a Donor Conceived Person (DCP) born in 1996 with the assistance of donor sperm acquired from the Cyros International Sperm Bank in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is now an Author of the book "Donor Child - A Child of Love". In this episode, we speak to her about her book and her own outlook on what it's like being donor-conceived from a positive perspective.
Emma shares with us that she has no current desire to meet her donor or any potential siblings out there. Also that her parents ignored the doctor's advice at the time to conceal her conception story and how they actually went about it instead. Most DCP live very normal and happy lives, yet most don't feel the need to speak up about it on social media platforms. So it's lovely to hear a very level-headed perspective.
You can find Emma's book and more information about her on the website. Episode 45: Donor Child – Sperm Donation World (ivfdonationworld.com)
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Episode 44: A Heterosexual couple journey - 4 donor babies over 12 years
Using an Alias "Lily" for privacy reasons from the East Coast of the U.S we explore a journey of a mother who is in a heterosexual relationship married to a man that had a vasectomy who previously had two children with a previous partner. This newly formed relationship ignited a spark for Lily to have her own children and spanning over 12 years with a 4th child almost here she has well and truly achieved this and has become one of the most experienced mothers in using online donors in America.
We take a trip down memory lane encountering what it was like in the early days of online sperm donation to what they have gone to now. Lily along the way has had to use a few donors and quite often has had to travel a distance in order to reach them, especially for future siblings. She shares with us all her tips about timing, cervical mucus, we talk about her children's personalities and her different donors.
For more information about this episode visit: https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-44-a-heterosexual-couple-journey-4-donor-babies-over-12-years/
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Episode 43: Sperm Jacking
Sonja Thompson was raised in Fargo Dakota, she always knew from a very young age she was attracted to women and is a sucker for a pretty smile and a cute face. So much so that at the age of 23 in Kentucky her then "hot girlfriend" convinced her she was to carry their next child. Previously Soni had no intentions of ever carrying but was talked into it. From there the only question was where to source the sperm? It was hard finding someone willing to donate it and back in that time there were no Sperm Donation World communities, so a master plan was hatched to acquire the sperm needed by having a threesome, with a man that was thinking he was hitting the jackpot. In fact, the real prize from that night is her son Andrew.
Soni now 52 and single shares her life story, from pulling off the ultimate heist, to confronting the man and what led to her telling him and her experiences raising a young man that had his own fair share of issues along the way. Soni and Andrew now in his mid-20s do a podcast together called Thompson Talk which has brought them even closer.
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Episode 42: The Laws in New Zealand for Donor Conception
Upon Adam Hooper's pending arrival in New Zealand it's probably best he gets in touch with Nz's most experienced lawyer in the field of donor conception. Introducing Mother of three Jaenine Badenhorst from Rainey Collins Lawyers located in Wellington Who specializes in Litigation and Family Law.
In this episode, we learn about the rights of donors and recipients and their partners, we touch on a little bit on surrogacy. We talk about donor-recipient agreements. All in all, turns out the laws are pretty good in New Zealand for those who seek to do artificial insemination whether it be at home or at a clinic.
For more information about this episode visit https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-42-the-laws-in-new-zealand-for-donor-conception/
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Episode 41: Achieving Parenthood (As a Single Mother by Choice)
Samantha J Richardson was brought up in a small town south of Chicago she is the co-author of the book Achieving Parenthood: The Struggles Are Real, The Hope Is Eternal a book that shares various people's insights and journies to parenthood. In this episode, we touch on Samantha's journey from living in countries such as New Zealand and now Australia where we explore her own struggles towards having her little bundle of joy.
Like many women before her, she was in a dead-end marriage that wasn't going anywhere and the future of having children with this man was becoming less appealing by the second. She ultimately left that relationship and was willing to explore the single mother by choice option. She came across QFG paid a couple of thousand dollars only to be given a small list of very unhealthy and unappealing choices. That is when she discovered Sperm Donation Australia where she met a couple of donors. Unfortunately for Samantha, she was experiencing fertility issues and stage 4 endometriosis where she was forced back to the clinic route, where she used a known donor.
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Episode 40: Another VIC Fertility Clinic to destroy Embryos, are yours safe? Part 2
Jess and Leroy Natoli met briefly while out one night through a mutual friend, and soon tracked down each other and became officially an item not too soon after, both wanting similar things in life, a mutual goal would be creating a family in the, not near distant future. They began exploring these options that lead them to a Melbourne-based clinic in which they did IVF.
The clinic emailed the donor at his 10-year donating anniversary asking him if he wished to continue to have his sperm and embryos already created to be still be made available, his response in the email was a simple No. The law requires the donor to provide a reason for stopping, in which he hasn't therefore the embryos perhaps technically shouldn't be taken away until he fulfills his requirements, we discuss this and the potential angles in trying to save these embryos from destruction. If Jess and Leroy can't save their own embryos they wish to aspire change so others don't have to go through this.
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Episode 39: Another VIC Fertility Clinic to destroy Embryos are yours safe? Part 1
Lissa Koehler and her ex-partner's first child was born via at-home insemination via a known donor, for a combination of reasons he is no longer an option for future children so they elected to go down the Fertility clinic option. Through an invasive procedure that would involve between30 and 50 internal ultrasounds and other procedures and not to mention extreme medication involved that knocked her around 6 Embryos were the end result, 1 of these embryos resulted in a child, while the rest were stored away to be used at a later date.
Lissa now with her new partner Kariah were considering their options of another baby when suddenly their victorian clinic rings up to let them know that upon contacting their donor on his mandatory 10-year checkup to see if he still wishes for his biological tissue to be used, he has decided to say no once prompted, which has led these embryos down a path of destruction affecting another 5 families in the process.
This interview is deeply personal and touches on an array of topics, the clinic procedures, why the laws need to be reviewed, and what can be done about this, plus many interesting general convos along the way. Lissa is now 40 and will have to go through this process again with eggs that obviously won't be the same quality as they were 5 years ago? This time Lissa's support network is much stronger and we wish them a positive outcome.
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Episode 38: A Gay man's guide to forming a family
Tim Gullicksen from San Francisco back in 1989 wanted to help families that were in need of a sperm donor and he came across the California Cryobank there was only one obstacle in his path and that was he is gay, Back then and even now gay men are still not allowed to be sperm donors at clinics in the USA. Tim had to pretend he was straight to bypass their screening process in order to help create what he was lead to believe would be a maximum of 10 families, but could be more like 90+ families, he was assigned the donor I.D 1237.
Tim knows of over 30 biological offspring tracked down with the assistance of DNA websites and the Donor Sibling Registry but has formed a close connection with 22 of them, and every year they have a meet-up at Bass Lake in California. Tim shares what it's like to live in this reality and how his offspring feel about having as many siblings as they do. A very fun and insightful episode full of interesting information and outlooks for instance can being gay be genetically inherited 5 his offspring identify as queer. What's does Tim's love interests or partners think of him being a donor? Plus lots more and although Tim never set off or imagined to have formed a family from his donations this is now very much a part of his identity.
To find out more about this episode and Tim's story visit this episode information page. https://ivfdonationworld.com/episode-38-a-gay-mans-guide-to-forming-a-family/
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Episode 37: My Rainbow Tribe
Shannon Louise Ashton was a pioneer for same-sex women who always wanted children but found out along the way she had no desire to be with a man so had to think outside the box. She started her motherhood journey via the QFG in the early 2000s at a time when it was all very taboo. Almost 2 decades on a couple of relationships along the way, she has fulfilled her rainbow tribe of 5 children using the popular choice Surfer donor known as id number 188.
On record, there are 48 children, many still unknown and unaccounted for, with some surprise unexpected encounters across the way like coincidentally one of her children going to the same daycare as another donor sibling. With her oldest child Zac about to reach his adult years, we discuss how they plan to navigate this and the prep talks required.
Shannon has quite the positive outlook in life, but she has had to deal with a few dramas along the way firstly them being given the wrong donor they had asked for, having to join the donor sibling registry and DNA sites in order to find more of her children’s half-siblings and then there are the questions from her children about their donor and wanting to meet him and her having to explain that this is unlikely to happen with the donor, they ended up getting. In her own words “sometimes what’s meant to happen just happens”.
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Episode 36: Talking Male Infertility and Children's books
J.R Silver is the pseudonym UK Author of the Sharing Seeds children's book series. From the Southern part of England, this man married his wife, lost his sister to breast cancer which raised concerns about his own genetics which prompted him to investigate further not only finding out he was the carrier of BRACA1 gene he soon after discovered his semen sample contained no sperm aka Azoospermia.
We talk through the feelings of male infertility, throw out a few hypothetical what-ifs and talk through the fertility clinic experience that resulted in his 2 children being conceived with donor sperm with a pending option for a third with one remaining embryo remaining, plus much more.
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Episode 35: 2 Bumps Same Love
Taryn Cumming (South Africa) joins us and she is one half of the 2 Bumps Same Love team. She and partner Kat Buchanan (New Zealand) who are based in Auckland fell pregnant using an online donor almost simultaneously after finding out they both had a low egg reserve and action was required immediately.
Along their way they started creating YouTube content and sharing their journey and creating information guides for others out there to follow. The media got on board with their story also, followed by a German production company, everyone couldn't get enough of these same-sex pregnant mamas to be.
It wasn't all smooth sailing though as Taryn faced complications at the birthing table and a fight for survival for the unnamed little baby Ryan at the time created feelings of stress and panic. On top of that Kat's baby was born just 4 days afterward. We hear their story and how they still continue to inspire others as Taryn joins the Sperm Donation New Zealand team as a lead administrator.
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Episode 34: East London Represent
Growing up in the underground of East London "Abdul Motlib" who is in his early 30s is 3rd generation British of Bangladesh ancestry. After finding out his sperm didn't pass the freezing process at the clinics, he explored donating online via the Ai only method and in that time has helped assist in the creation of 10 births.
In this episode we chat about Super Donors, the UK rivalries the impact of American Joe Donor has had in the UK, we talk about the media, and the way Abdul goes about his donating process, and why he ghosts some recipients. We chat about what happens when you fall pregnant and not tell your donor when it comes to requesting a sibling down the track plus a lot more.
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Episode 33: Clinic Donor withdraws consent and our embryos to be destroyed
Going by the aliases of Pip and Tara from Victoria, Australia. After a relationship spanning 14 years, it was time to discuss having a child together. They used one of the countries biggest fertility clinics, we talk to them about their IVF journey in-depth about the processes of the counseling, the doctors appointments, surgeries along the way (cysts and polyps) , and then finally gaining access of their donor registry. A first cycle success was then to follow, in what was looking like overall a great IVF story.
Enter the plot twist. Tara receives a call from the clinic counselor informing them that the donor that they selected has withdrawn consent to use his sperm and as of effect they will destroy their embryos. We roll the emotional rollercoaster of how this has come to be and how this information you are not warned on and that there is a lawyer that has come other cases of this happening and wanting to change the laws. Now left in limbo by their clinic and not knowing what is going on we explore the possibilities. and look at if the clinic should of handle their clients with a bit more duty of care.
Episode 32: Just Blew into the Windy City
Chantel Janette Bowen (23 years old) from Chicago Illinois first fell pregnant on graduation night which resulted in her firstborn son back in 2016, 6 months later while planning to recommence her education she then discovers she is pregnant again with a little girl on the way. Four years onwards and with her educational goals met Chantel looks to further grow her family.
After doing her research and watching youtube videos about Ai, Chantel joined Sperm Donation USA. With donors being scarce in Chicago and it was around the same time she was watching the Inside Edition segment about online sperm donation that she knew in her mind that she may have found the donor she was after. It was important to her to have a donor that had a good reputation, and one that was credible enough willing to travel.
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Episode 31: Making a Baby with Someone with HIV
Mark Fisher (Body Positive) and Jane Bruning (Positive Women) who reside in New Zealand collaborated with the New Zealand Aids Foundation in creating Sperm Positive the first HIV-positive Sperm Bank for donors. All in the effort of breaking down the stigma and creating awareness that people with HIV can have children without passing it on to the other party or the child-to-be.We leave no stone unturned, as we dissect what U=U means (Undetectable = Untransmittable). How long can HIV live outside the human body once exposed to air? We chat about clinics freezing sperm and storing them for 6 months and retesting sperm and is this is an outdated methodology, we talk about clinics discrimination against gay men being donors. We look into the concept of spinning sperm and is it still relevant. We also looking at recipients and donors protecting themselves from HIV by visiting the doctor and being prescribed PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) plus much more in this educational packed episode.
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Episode 30: Our Donor is Suing the Fertility Clinic
Being donor conceived can be challenging in it’s own right. Being able to process your own existence and how you found your place on this Earth quite often after already living many years believing something entirely different can be a bitter pill to swallow. We share the life story of Madi, Robyn, and Allysen and how they became connected, and their donor-conceived journeys to date.
While forming new sibling connections, things were to suddenly change once the donor was finally contacted. Their Donor was formally known to them as “donor 8928” Bryce Cleary wasn’t happy when he found out the clinic OHSU had allegedly lied to him about the number of children that were to be born from his donations and their locations all were meant to be on the east coast. Ultimately none of the current 20 known existing siblings should be alive had the clinic respected this. As a result, a 5.25 Million dollar lawsuit has been launched thrusting everyone into the media spotlight.
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Episode 29: Does my Donor have 1000 children?
"Kate" (a pseudonym) and is 1 half of the Australian same-sex couple that featured in the New York Times article "The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor". Unknowingly to them at the time the donor they were to select from a Cyros donor list was to be Europe's most prolific online/clinic donor. They now live in fear of all their stored frozen embryos being destroyed by the Australian clinic currently storing them if their identity was to be revealed, denying their son the chance of having a full-blooded sibling.
Establishing their own mother's group this newly formed army is on a mission to seek regulatory changes making clinics and donors accountable for their actions. We talk about how all this eventuated, how these sperm banks operate, the things they didn't realize, and where to from here.
Sperma Donatie Nederland a newly formed group for people from Holland to search for a donor and for more information on this episode click here and leave a comment on what you thought about the episode.
Episode 28: Single Mother by Choice
Cat Ellen 33, from Sydney, just celebrated her little man's first birthday we reflect on her journey to motherhood. For her, she faced a common life scenario that women face these days, where is Mr. Right? and at what point do you switch to plan b with that biological clock ticking sound beating louder and louder with each passing month.
As the years went on Cat noticed friend's marriages were falling apart and major custody battles over their children taking place, as she witnessed all this carnage, sperm donation was looking the far more logical and safer option to bring a child into this world as could offer that child unconditional love.
We explore Today's culture of dating in the digital age we now find ourselves in and the failures she experienced in that. We speak to her about using an experienced donor, prepping her body in preparation for pregnancy, and achieving a first cycle success. Plus the nitty-gritty questions of birth certificates and Centrelink questions plus much more in this fun and chirpy episode.
You can find Cat and many other Single mothers by choice at Sperm Donation Australia
Likewise, if you're in America in our Sperm Donation USA community.
Episode 27: Like a Rolling Stone
On the back of his media debut with Inside Edition we have Tyree Kelly who is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and within the last couple of years has risen to be the USA's most in-demand African-American donor. Clocking over 30,000 Miles in the sky he has jetted to Alaska and practically all around the entire USA delivery his good to those who need it the most.
It's fair to say his own father was Rolling stone and unbeknown to him Tyree found himself out to be 1 of 25 half-siblings with a 3 decade age gap spanning between oldest to youngest. He shares what it's like to have many close relations, growing up without a father and assessing in comparison to being a donor-conceived person.
A man that has donated his sperm via most ways imaginable shares some conception stories and a 4 person simultaneously in the same room involvement donation if you get my drift. Plus much more in this action-packed episode. Enjoy.
You can find Tyree in Sperm Donation USA
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Episode 26: The Cold War
Aja’mi Wiseman from Virginia was in a same-sex relationship when they decided to explore their options of creating a family. From approaching people she knew to considering clinics and ruling them out we chat about her first cycle success with the use of a soft-cup. We talk about what it’s like to now be a single mother and what it’s like dating others. Plus much more.
As described by Nellie Bowles in her New York Times article “The Sperm Kings Have a Problem: Too Much Demand” there was a Cold War going on between two main groups (Sperm Donation USA and the copycat one), Aja’mi who was a key member in the other camp, reflects on what was really going on internally and how this group operated and the story of the Cold War is explained for those who want to have a little lesson on history.
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Episode 25: Donating in Deutschland
I came across a Scottish ex-pat of 6 donor children, who has been living in Germany for many years going under the Pseudonym "Angus" just to be extra precautionary of the fear of child support. In fact, Angus isn't even his donor persona which I found incredibly interesting.
So what is it like to be a donor in Germany, We discuss what it's like with Covid19 currently and the ability to donate, we talk diet, law, and interesting stories to his own bewilderment of some recipients quirky requests, plus much more.
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Episode 24: The Sperminator Judgement Day
Ari Nagel when he isn't jet-setting around the world donating he is based in New York the 45-year-old can't be stopped despite 2020 being a horrible year for most with Covid19, it acted as a blessing for the sperminator in his most successful year for him yet with 20 children born bringing his tally of children born to 74, with a further 15 on the way.
In this episode, we cover his family perceptions of him donating, the concerns of donor-conceived people, his past media stories, donating overseas, and being banned from donating in his ancestral homeland of Israel plus much more.
Episode 23: Pageant Mom
Elaine Raby Byrd from Memphis a mother to 7-year-old Ember from a previous relationship first heard about the world of online sperm donors through fellow Pageant competitors, a Lesbian couple that spilled their secret on how they got such a beautiful lovely child, which inspired Elaine to adventure down the rabbit hole and check it out in her quest to give her daughter a possible sibling as a single mother by choice.
Along the way, she found herself entrenched in the community putting her hand up to join the moderation team of Sperm Donation USA. It was then that Elaine became a mentor for other women, and had to deal with the day to day issues that a Sperm donor community faces in order to maintain a safe level of operation. We chat to Elaine about shipping sperm, breeding parties, and what it's like to pick a very popular donor as your donor of choice.
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Episode 22: Husband Wife team
Jerry Adams now based in Oregon due to a co-parenting arrangement has currently over 20 children born or in the womb cooking. His Wife Kerry had been trying for a baby for the past 15 years with a previous partner and with Jerry's Midas touch the golden egg was fertilized and she is also on her way of having a baby.
We chat with Jerry and Kerry about the teamwork, the bond, the honesty, and trust it takes in allowing your partner to be a donor of any particular method. We get a lovely look at their life and the relationships not only they have formed but also Jerry's children have formed with other biologically related diblings.
Episode 21: Sperm Donation in the Philippines
Anthony Versteeg an Engineer from the Netherlands donated sperm after being inspired by a documentary of famous dutch donor Ed Houben. After helping over a handful of recipients conceive in his mother country, he learned that donating to Western women wasn't particularly his thing and has now traveled abroad and finds himself today in the Philippines.
We chat with Anthony about his adventures, the culture he now finds himself around, his frustrations of the lack of Sex Ed, and the ability to communicate with manners. I even mention a possible Sperm Donation World holiday for our world members if Covid19 ever goes away!
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