Friday, February 6, 2009

costly mistake

I made a stupid, stupid rookie mistake when ordering my vials. My donor is cmv positive and I didn't know what that meant until my clinic just called and said that it was a virus.
I feel like such an idiot for just assuming that it wasn't something to worry about and didn't even bother to find out what it meant before purchasing. My clinic said that it had to be returned and I have to go in for blood work today. They also said that this cycle might have to be cancelled if I can't get everything straighted out quickly.

This means that I'm going to lose all that money because it clearly said he was cmv positive and I bought it anyway doesn't it? I bought 2 vials and had them shipped so I'm double screwed.

I can't believe this.


Dora said...

I would double check that. I've heard CMV status for "washed" sperm doesn't matter, since the virus is only in the seminal fluid.

Jess said...

Yeah, I don't know enough about this to comment, but others probably do. Anyone?

Pepper said...

I'm with Dora. I've heard that they only track CMV status because the FDA requires it, but that it really shouldn't be a problem. I don't think CMV is transmitted through washed sperm.

Kiyote said...

actually you can get a blood test - if you are positive - you can use a + donor. no biggie.

if you are negative - they encourage you to use - so that you dont catch the virus while pregnant. (flu like symptoms)

Joni said...

I think you should check that too. If you are positive, it won't be a problem. I believe the big issue is that if his virus was "active" when he donated, and you are negative then there is a chance that the fetus could contract the virus. This can be a problem. But if you are positive as well, you will have antibodies, and it won't be a problem.

The chances are so low that this can happen, I think many clinics will still do the insemination even if you are neg and he is positive.

But its about what you are comfortable with. I also think your sperm bank will let you "exchange" the vials. Its not like you've used them.

good luck!