Single moms: “The more I found out about it, the righter it felt.”

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Many women decide to have children on their own. When Mika Bishop’s relationship ended, she decided to have a baby with the help from a sperm donor.

​Mika Bishop (41) contacted a fertility clinic and participated in seminars about donor conception. “Throughout the process, I was realistic and prepared for it not working, but I knew I had to at least try, otherwise I would regret it”, she says.


How to choose the sperm donor?
For her, it was important to choose an open donor, so her children would someday have the option to meet their biological father. Browsing through the sperm bank’s catalogue of sperm donors, she found a donor, who had said in his handwritten note that he would love to meet the person, he would help create.

Mika was inseminated with donor sperm from the sperm bank at a fertility clinic in the UK. It took three tries and 18 months from the time, she started out until she became pregnant with twin boys.

​Being a single parent is hard work
Having twins was tough in the beginning, and Mika sometimes whished that she’d had a partner to share the work with. But she took things day by day and focused on the wonderful babies she was blessed with, and soon she got on top of the situation.
And as for the fact that the boys are conceived with the help of a sperm donor, Mika explains: “I will normalise my boys’ beginnings and our family set-up from as early as possible. I will explain my decision to have a donor conception when they are ready”.

‘She has been open to her family and friends, and everyone is supportive of her decision to be a single mom. Surprisingly, many of her friends and peers know someone who has done the same.
Source: Stylist.co.uk

Facts about insemination with the help of a sperm donor:
What does the process involve?
What is IUI and ICI?
How much does it cost?
How does sperm donation work?

Want more? Read more stories from other women

//posted by Michael, Communications Specialist at European Sperm Bank

Home Insemination – is it for you?

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It is widely accepted that the best way to become pregnant through artificial insemination with donor sperm, is at a fertility clinic. If you don’t know which clinic to contact, send us an email and we will provide you with a list of fertility clinics in your country.

However, many women prefer to become pregnant in the comfort of their own home through Home Insemination.

But how does Home Insemination work? 


How it works 
Home Insemination gives you the flexibility to have the insemination where you would like it.

On the European Sperm Bank website, you choose an available donor in our donor search and book a delivery to your address. We ship worldwide.

Before you buy the donor sperm, we recommend that you consult with a health care professional; a doctor, a nurse or an obstetrician, because we need an approval before we ship the donor sperm to you. We can help you to come in contact with a health care professional in your country, so feel free to contact us.  

The donor sperm is then sent to you along with a home insemination kit and through instructions on how to handle the sperm and how to inseminate yourself. The tank, which holds the straws containing the sperm, can keep the sperm fresh for up two weeks from the day, you recieve it. This gives you to flexibility to perform the insemination at the best possible time considering your day of ovulation. You can download the guide here in English or German.

When and how?
Your Home Insemination must be performed on the day of ovulation.
Your ovulation comes every month approximately in the middle of your menstrual cycle. Your menstrual cycle is the period from the first day of your menstrual cycle to the first day of the next menstrual cycle – which means that ovulation normally takes place about 14 days before the first day of your next menstrual cycle. It is easy to find your day of ovulation with an ovulation test, which you can purchase online or at the pharmacy.
Take a test morning and evening, and perform the home insemination the day after your first positive test.

Keep this in mind
It may take several attempts before you succeed in becoming pregnant. A gynecologist or your own doctor can help you with information and insights on fertility, risks, studies and methods.
The success rate for achieving a pregnancy can vary regardless of which method you choose. Many factors may affect your fertility and pregnancy

We do our best to advise and support those of you who wish to do a Home Insemination. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or read more about Home Insemination

//posted by Lilian, Nurse and Donor Coordinator at European Sperm Bank

Goodbye 2016 – Welcome 2017


Dear reader,

2016 was the year where we at European Sperm Bank finally launched our very anticipated blog; a blog which aims to share knowledge about donor sperm and fertility in a very broad aspect.

At European Sperm Bank we are fully aware of how sensitive the fertility area really is. It can be very challenging to start fertility treatment and to get the right counselling. With our blog, we sincerely hope to make this matter just a little bit more easy for you by creating a place, where you can find answers, ask questions and search for information. 

It has been 6 months since we launched the blog, and we are beyond exited to see that so many people are reading our posts. We continue to work hard and share knowledge and relevant information about sperm donorsdonor childrenfertility and families – both by our internal authors, but also our external authors who consistently have provided interesting and passionate stories.  

I am most thrilled of our last post in 2016 Yes, we are tough on screening our donors. In a few and easy words it explains the difficult and sensitive subject of genetic diseases, and our way of screening our donor. We often find that this subject in particular is hard to understand – even for politicians and expert, whom we are in regular dialogue with. I sincerely hope that all of you will read it.

I also enjoyed the story Lucy, I am a sperm donor baby, because, this is what it is all about! Sperm donors, babies, children, teenagers and adults as they will develop into over time.  That is our Raison d’être – Thinking of the Future.

For the new year, our mission continues to be here for those, who wish to have children, for our 
sperm donors, who are an incredible a good deed and most importantly, for the children. It is my sincere hope that we will provide you with even more valuable experiences and information in the year to come.

We are here to help now and in the future, and our focus is not just the present, but the course of life. 

Welcome 2017!

​//posted by Annemette, CEO at European Sperm Bank

Watch: Do children think of sperm donors as family?

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How do donor children see their connection to the sperm donor? Is he a part of the family or what other role does he play?

​And how do parents explain inseminsation to their children? 

Click “Read more” and watch the short video.


Bioethicist Veerle Provoost is a professor at the Bioethics Institute Ghent of Ghent University, and specialises in genetic and social parenthood in the context of donor conception. Provoost has performed a study with donor children and their parents. In this short video, she shares her findings about who these children consider members of their families.

She goes on to give examples and advice about how to deal with seemingly difficult questions and situations. 
//posted by Michael, Communications Specialist at European Sperm Bank