Tell us a bit more about your background. What do you do for a living? Are you in the U.S.? Overseas? Married?
Karen (left in photo) is an Accountant for an insurance company. Bianca (right in photo ) I am a Graphic Designer for a local signage company. We live in Central Florida and have been together since Dec 13, 2011 and married since Dec 13,2014, so 12/13/14 is a pretty special numbers to us.
What year did you begin your Xytex search/ pregnancy journey?
We started looking for donors back in 2014. We looked over many sites, until we found Xytex and a donor that we loved.
Are you in a heterosexual couple, a same-sex couple, or are you a single mother by choice?
We are a same-sex couple.
What challenges did you face when trying to become pregnant, if any? How did you handle those challenges?
We have faced quite a few challenges along the way. The biggest obstacle was financial, as a same-sex couple we have had to plan out our TTC journey. From purchasing donor specimens, to the fertility treatments and other required costs. For example, multiple clinics require you to see a psychologist before fertility treatments can begin. To overcome these challenges, we carefully planned out our finances for a year and worked to pay down outstanding debt.
Who supported you the most during your donor search/ pregnancy?
We haven’t told anyone that we have found a donor and are ready to begin. We have talked about having children over the last several years and always get encouraging and supportive responses.
How did you hear about Xytex? How did you go about finding us?
Why did you choose Xytex? What did you like most?
We chose Xytex because we found a donor that we both really liked and thought best represented our ethnicities, interests, and views. We also wanted to make sure our donor was open to the release of their identity to our child once they became of age. Our donor selected the Xytex identity disclosure and that was a major factor in our decision. We also liked that they provided baby photos along with the current photos, as well as the extensive tests done on the donors/specimen (such as CMV test).
How did Xytex compare to other sperm banks?
Xytex was very open about being LGBTQ+ friendly and that really set the bar high when it came to looking for a donor bank.
What was most important to you when choosing a donor? What were you looking for?
We had very specific requirements for our donor. We needed our donor to agree to release their identity to our child, a donor that matched our height and combined complexion, and one who had the similar moral interests.
What would you tell others looking for a donor? Any advice?
Take your time. Budget. Don’t give up. Don’t settle. We had our eyes on this donor since 2016. In 2016 we didn’t have the stability that we wanted to begin our family, but we wanted to start looking for a donor. So we nervously waited, and hoped we wouldn’t miss this opportunity. In 2019 we were finally ready and financially stable to start our family. We called up Xtyex and were so sad to hear that his specimens could not be released due to lab work that needed to be completed by him. We got put on a waiting list and we waited…and waited. We looked around at other donors but none compared to this donor, we could not give in and settle no matter how bad we wanted to start our family. Then in May 2020 Nanette from Xytex called with the BEST news that he FINALLY released his specimens.
Why would you recommend Xytex?
We would recommend Xytex because from my experience everyone that I have spoken with other the years has always been very nice and understanding. Our buying process was quick and smooth, and our rep was very kind and informative.
After completing your purchase with Xytex, what happened from there?
We have consulted with a fertility clinic and will begin the next steps of our TTC journey!
Fingers crossed we will be #momstatus2021!
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We use information gathered through these tools to improve the way our Site works, for example by employing third-party analytics tools which aggregate anonymized user information to help us better design our Site, and to enhance the functionality of our Site, for example by remembering preferences or other choices that you make, such as user names and the like. By allowing us to understand how you use our Site over time, these tools can help us provide you with a better, more relevant online experience.
Unless your browser settings are configured to make your online activities and publicly available information about your online activities (such as traffic data described above under #3) invisible to usage analytics tools, we do not presently have the capability to omit you from our analytics to the extent your browser only sends us a “do not track” message and does not otherwise screen you from tracking without action on our part. While we, or vendors on our behalf, may track the websites you visited before and after our website as part of the traffic data described above for our internal business purposes, we do not authorize other third parties (e.g., advertisers) to do so, but it is nonetheless possible that third parties may do so for their own purposes with respect to which we may have no knowledge or control.
We share Donor Information with users as described on the Site. We may use third parties to help operate our Site, deliver and improve our services through the Site, and develop our offerings, and we may share information we have about you with such third parties for such purposes. These third parties are not authorized by us to use any of your personally identifiable information except as needed for such purposes.
We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in connection with a sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of assets, reorganization or liquidation of our business.
We reserve the right to disclose any information as needed if that information is requested by law enforcement agencies or if we are required to do so by applicable law. Users should also be aware that courts of equity, such as U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, might have the authority under certain circumstances to permit personally identifiable information to be shared or transferred to third parties without permission.
Xytex is based in the United States of America. Any personally identifiable information you provide may be stored and maintained in our databases in the United States or transferred to our databases outside the United States. By providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.
If you receive a newsletter or similar promotional email from us, you will be given the option to “unsubscribe” from receiving further emails from us. Your election not to receive promotional and marketing materials will not preclude us from corresponding with you, by email or otherwise, regarding your existing or past business relationships with us (e.g., any purchase of our products), or to respond to requests for information you pose to us, and will not preclude us from accessing and viewing your personally identifiable information in maintaining and improving our Service.
This Site is not intended for, or designed to attract, minors under the age of 18 or the applicable age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (if higher than 18). In particular, no children under the age of 13 should provide any personally identifiable information to us, and we do not knowingly collect such information from such persons. If we learn that we have collected the personally identifiable information of such a person we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. Children under the age of majority in any non-U.S. jurisdiction should not provide any personally identifiable information without their parent’s consent.
Pursuant to Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code, residents of California have the right to request from a business, with whom the California resident has an established business relationship, what types of personal information the business shares with third parties for direct marketing purposes by such third party and the identities of the third parties with whom the business has shared such information in the immediate preceding calendar year. To access this information, please contact us by email at email@example.com or mail at 1100 Emmett Street, Augusta, Georgia 30904, Attn: CA Privacy Request.
Thank you for registering a clinic account on Xytex. Your information has been recorded and our administration will review your information and respond as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.