Do you know enough about sperm count?

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We work with sperm all day, every day.

Sperm not only interest us; it is our whole foundation and we constantly work on improving quality, sperm count and the survivability of the sperm cells.

Recent studies show that many men don’t know enough about infertility in general and about sperm in particular:

This Canadian study by D. Daumler, P. Chan, K.C. Lo, J. Takefman and P. Zelkowitz on 700 men showed, according to Medical Daily that the participants “have limited knowledge of the various factors that are associated with male infertility”.


It seems that for a lot of men, fertility is not something you think about until the day you are  actually told that you have low sperm count. This usually happens when men make a decision to start a family and experience trouble with conceiving.  

At European Sperm Bank, we regularly get calls from men asking how they can increase their sperm count? First of all – some men are simply just born with a really good quality sperm with a high sperm count.
​Most men have what is called a “normal” sperm quality, which is primarily measured in four different parameters: total volume, sperm count, motility and morphology. 

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Source: resolve.org

Do you have trouble conceiving? 
It is always a good idea to contact a doctor, if you have been trying to conceive a child for a year without any luck.
There are simple things both men and women can do to support their fertility. Remember that these are general advice and should be combined with a healthy lifestyle: 

  • Exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat healthy
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Avoid drugs and anabolic steroids
  • Do not have unprotected sex
  • Get regular tests for sexual transmitted diseases.

Source: vidensraad.dk     ​​

​Get a sperm count test
If your efforts to become pregnant by your partner have been fruitless, it may be a good idea to test the quality of the sperm and sperm count.

Men are always welcome to visit our labs in Copenhagen, Aarhus or Lyngby, where we test the sperm. When you get the result, we will of course offer advice according to the result. 

If there has already been established a low sperm count, it could be serious and a symptom of something even more serious. In that case, it is very important to contact a doctor.

If you would like to know more about sperm count (or anything else), you are welcome to contact us

//posted by Thomas – ​Head Laboratory Technician at European Sperm Bank​​​

Visit us in Manchester this weekend!

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For the first time, the well-visited Fertility Show London is coming to Manchester, and we will be there to happily greet you and have a talk about donor sperm!

The Fertility Show is for all of you who want to know more about fertility treatment and the use of donor sperm. You will be able to meet us as well as fertility clinics and other health care professionals. There will seminars where you are sure to learn much more about fertility treatment.

We at European Sperm Bank are looking forward to discuss and answer any questions you might have about donor sperm, how to choose a donor, differences between open and non-contact donors etc.

Where?
Manchester Central Convention Complex, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX
The Fertility Show takes place within the Exchange Hall.
Find us at booth number B34.

When?
Saturday 25 March 2017 from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 26 March 2017 from 10am to 5pm.

More information?
Please visit https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/manchester and their very informative blog


Double donation with donor egg and donor sperm

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In Denmark today, it is not legal to be inseminated with both donor egg and donor sperm at the same time.

​However, The Danish Council on Ethics has recommended that the law should be changed to make it possible for people to have a child from both donor egg and donor sperm.


A main reason for the recommendation is, according to the council, that the family structures that exist today are numerous and varied, and that children grow up in many alternative types of families – not only the traditional nuclear family. This is why the council supports a more liberal legislation on the area, and that the prohibition should not be based merely on the lack of genetic association.

However, there are still many questions left unanswered: Should it then be legal for the one part of a lesbian couple to be impregnated with her partner’s egg and donor sperm? Should double donation only be allowed for infertile women or when there is a significant risk of hereditary deceases? Should this include all women seeking reproductive assistance or only couples?

Also, the importance of the child knowing about its genetic background is seen as twice as important with double donation, as the child will have no genetic association with its legal parents. Therefore, the amount of information available on the donors is being discussed. Potentially, a change in this legislation could affect the very strict law on surrogacy in Denmark as well.

Source: etiskraad.dk

At European Sperm Bank, our goal is to help as many people as possible to fulfill their dream of having children, and to do our part to give these children have the best possible conditions and foundation to become happy human beings.

We follow this development closely, and are eager to advice and discuss the effects of a potential change.

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

A landmark in Danish Fertility history

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This is a very special year in Danish fertility. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the legislation that created equality to all Danish women in need of fertility treatment.

On January 1st 2007 the Danish government finally voted to provide equal rights for those in need of fertility treatment in Denmark; heterosexual couples as well as single women and lesbians. Prior to that, it was only possible for heterosexual couples to receive fertility treatments with public aid. This year we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the amendment that changed the Danish legislation


The 2007 legislation is not only a landmark for some people. It has contributed to a growth in birth rates in Denmark. After years and years with a significant decline in births, it became obvious that in order to turn things around, a change was necessary.

​Doctor Søren Ziebe, medical director at the fertility clinic at Denmark’s largest hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen said in an article in January:

We need to help each other in order to get the children, we want.” He also adds in connection with the larger number of single women seeking help: “…it is now or never for them. If they don’t start having children, their going to live a life without children. It is important to help them with this…we know, that it is definitely their plan B to come to us. They would certainly prefer to have children with a man, but unfortunately that was not an option.
Source: dr.dk

The progressive and innovative midwife
One of the women who were greatly affected about the inequality in fertility treatment, was the founder of the fertility clinic Stork Klinik, Nina Stork. In fact, 2017 also marks the 17th anniversary of the opening of Stork Klinik in Copenhagen. This is no ordinary anniversary: Stork Klinik was a pioneer in equal-right fertility treatment in Denmark.

Actually, the change of law in 2007 started in the opposite direction back in 1997, when the Danish Parliament decided that only heterosexual women, who were married or in long-term relationships, should receive medical treatment for infertility by a doctor. This even shut down ongoing treatments of single women or lesbian couples.

Danish midwife Nina Stork and her wife Inger were undergoing fertility treatment, and Inger actually achieved pregnancy, but unfortunately and sadly had a miscarriage. As the couple were now one of many left with no alternatives to inseminations by a doctor, Nina decided to start a non-government founded fertility clinic.

​Coincidentally, the 1997 law left room for midwifes to perform inseminations, and so Nina Stork was able to open Stork Klinik in 1999.

During the years after the opening of Stork Klinik, several politicians tried to close the gap in the legislation in order to prohibit the treatment of homosexuals.
​Nina Stork participated, together with LGBT groups, in often heated debates and finally the law was changed in 2007: The rights for all women to have the same options no matter their sexual orientation or marital status.
Source: dr.dk

Where to go from here?
Today, Stork Klinik is one of the largest fertility clinics in Denmark, where women from all parts of the world come to fulfill their dream of children, but the fact is that Denmark is a pioneer when it comes to fertility treatment. In this small country, more than 15 clinics assist in making people’s dreams of babies come true.

If you need any assistance in finding a clinic in Denmark or any other country, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

//posted by Stinne, Client Service Manager at European Sperm Bank