It’s official: I’m a (hamster) daddy

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As I mentioned before, I recently completed a sperm penetration assay. And wouldn’t you know it, I managed to impregnate a bunch of hamster eggs. OK, not really, but the results look good, and my sperm did indeed penetrate the eggs.

I’m not sure how to read this: did 309 sperm penetrate 20 eggs? or did 309 sperm go into the test, and 20 eggs were penetrated? (If you know, leave a comment)

The results are good, and I’m happy with that.

Oh, also my sperm concentration is 172 million/mL. I don’t mean to brag, but well, normal is somewhere around 20. So yeah, I’m bragging. Afford me these little wins, please.

The Weirdest Thing I Will Ever Do


On Wednesday this week, my sperm will be combined with hamster eggs in a laboratory.

No, I’m not making this up.

As if the barrage of tests weren’t bad enough; as if the awkwardness of telling your friends and family that you’re having fertility issues isn’t weird enough; I have to go and become a hamster daddy.

Well, not really. Technically the sperm don’t fertilize the eggs. But they do penetrate the eggs (hopefully).

All of this is part of a sperm penetration assay, otherwise known as Hamster zona-free ovum test. And it’s easily the weirdest thing I will do as part of this process. Maybe the weirdest thing I’ll ever do.

Did you know you can procure fresh hamster eggs in just 2 weeks?

And to top it all off, a successful test doesn’t guarantee anything!

The things we go through to have a kid.