You need to get tested. Our RE did all that bloodwork right before we were ready to start our first IUI. If you are CMV positive you can have either a positive or negative CMV donor. If you are negative, you MUST have a CMV negative donor.
Hi, I was also concerned about CMV status. After much research and reassurance from my dr, I came to the decision that CMV +/- is nothing for me to worry about. I do not know if I am + or - and as I understand it, CMV is only dangerous if you are initially infected while pregnant.
A + CMV status means that a donor carries the anti bodies for CMV and was exposed at sometime in their life. A person cannot catch CMV through antibodies, there has to be a present and primary infection to be contagious. So inseminating with a donor who is CMV+ does not expose you to the virus. All donors samples are screened for CMV and samples with primary infections are discarded.
I felt as if the risk for infection was almost non-existent. Each person has to do what is best for them but as I understand it, there has never been a case of a pregnant woman getting an infection from a CCB donor. Hope that helps.....
Our RE also recommended we look for a CMV- donor but said if we fell in love with a + one she wouldn't object because 50-80% of the population in the United States is now +! (40% worldwide) That is cutting out a ton of great donors.
My RE advised the same. He said that it really doesn't matter. However, from what I've read, there is a very slight risk of birth defects from CMV+ donors and if you contract it while pregnant it can cause severe complications for both mother and baby. I am negative and only searched negative donors. I figured, if I am choosing a donor, I want to choose one with the least amount of risk. Most women do not have the luxury of forsight when selecting a partner!