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Genetic Testing for Sperm Donors

Genetic carrier screening is performed on all donor applicants.  The specific tests performed on our donors has changed over time.  Since January 2011, we have been performing carrier screening for the following disorders on all donor applicants:
 
  Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  Tay Sachs/Hexosaminidase A deficiency
  Sickle cell anemia
  Beta-thalassemia
  Bloom syndrome
  Gauchers disease
  Canavan disease
  Fanconi anemia Type C
  Mucolipidosis Type IV
  Niemann Pick disease Type A

Donors who display the double helix icon on the donor catalog have been screened for and tested negative as a carrier for these disorders.  Donors who entered the program prior to January 2011 do not have the helix icon and have not had screening for all of these conditions.  

Donors with the double helix icon have also had carrier screening for an expanded carrier screening panel and some donors have positive test results for other disorders.  These conditions are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner which means that offspring of these donors are not at risk to develop these conditions unless the other biological parent also carries a mutation for the same condition.  PRIOR to selecting your donor, please contact us at info@nwcryobank.com to obtain specific information about the genetic screening performed on donors in which you are interested.   

We strongly recommend that you review the full genetic test results for your donor with your healthcare providers PRIOR TO insemination or embryo transfer so that you have the opportunity to be informed about the risks associated with positive test results as well as the options available for additional genetic screening on yourself or your partner.  

PLEASE NOTE: Genetic screening can reduce the risk for specific conditions tested but does not eliminate the risk for these conditions or for other untested conditions.  There is a 3 to 4% chance that any child could be born with a birth defect, regardless of whether the child is conceived naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies. It is not possible to eliminate these risks or test for all of them before becoming pregnant.

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals who can inform you about genetic risks and genetic testing information.  They can help you make decisions about how much genetic testing, if any, is right for your family.  You can locate a genetic counselor in your area at www.nsgc.org .