ESHRE – The European congress for fertility experts

We have just returned from the annual ESHRE congress and we are bursting with happy moments and new, important knowledge.

A main topic was sperm count, sperm quality and how this affects male fertility.

And so of course, we want to share both fun pictures and new information this with you.

Sperm quality
We had our focus on new knowledge in measuring sperm quality in terms of pregnancy rate. This new information derives from studies of sperm cells from infertile men.
A number of commercial kits have been developed to measure oxidative stress (sORP) or DNA fragmentation in sperm cells. The sORP level is higher in infertile men than in fertile men.

The fertile men are defined by standard criteria for normal sperm quality. In the group of infertile men, almost everyone had a lower sperm quality according to the standard criteria.

The studies indicate that the sORP level in sperm cells influences male fertility. There is a direct link between normal sperm quality and the sORP level, as the group of fertile men has a much lower sORP level than the infertile men.
Since we as a sperm bank only accept donors with a higher-than-normal sperm quality, measurement of sORP or DNA fragmentation is not relevant. However, we think this area is very interesting and we would like to contribute with additional knowledge of male fertility.

You can learn about sperm quality and how it is measured here.

Genetic diseases
Another relevant aspect for sperm banks is the screening of sperm donors for genetic diseases. The conference included a lecture about confirmed genetic or suspected genetic diseases in donor children. The conclusion was that it is not possible to screen sperm donors for the thousands of different genetic diseases we know, but that thorough information for women about risks before they embark on fertility treatment is crucial.
We agree that the information for women is very important, and we at European Sperm Bank will work to optimise the genetic screening of our donors along with our counselling for women in order to ensure the best donor choice.

ESHRE is the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. They work to promote a better understanding of reproductive biology and embryology, to facilitate research and to inform politicians and policy makers in Europe.

//posted by Susanne Timshel, Medical Director and genetic specialist  at European Sperm Bank

As usual, our spermbike got a lot of attention at the conference. This year, the bike has had an adorable little sister. 
Many visitors got some great pictures of themselves on the bikes, and were even kind enough to share in instagram with #spermbike

Summer is here! Time to relax and reflect


Things have a way of slowing down during summer.

​But thoughts about having a child are just as strong and pertinent as ever.

We do our best to provide you with answers to the questions you might have.

No matter where you are in the process, there is advice and shared experiences relevant to you right here.

You’ve probably already visited our company website Here you can access all the practical information about how to purchase donor sperm – and you can find your donor directly in the donor search.

But perhaps you are wondering what others in your situation do or how they approach finding a donor? Read some stories from other women here or go directly to some of the articles:

  • If you are considering to travel to another country to get your treatment,
    you should read about Sandra’s experiences.

To give you the best chances of getting pregnant, European Sperm Bank offers  sperm donors in perfect health with a very high sperm count.  You may be interested in how we select, test and screen our sperm donor candidates? Well, here you can learn about how tough our screening process is.

Our role as your sperm bank is to assist you in making the right choices for you. We do this directly by email or telephone, and by sharing our knowledge on this blog.

We want to give you advice that can make a difference in your life. We give life to your choice.

//posted by Stinne and MichaelEuropean Sperm Bank

Twins or triplets from fertility treatment? When one at a time is enough


In our daily contact with clients, we hear their concerns about all aspects of their process.
No surprise – to most, this is their first time taking this journey.

One concern we often hear, is what if they get twins or triplets from fertility treatment.

Most clients imagine one baby, and even though twins are a blessing, to some, the responsibility seems overwhelming. 

​In the past, the chances of having twins through in vitro fertility treatment were much higher than with a conventionally conceived pregnancy. It used to be common procedure to place three or four embryos in the uterus to increase the odds of pregnancy.

Decrease twin pregnancies
One of Denmark’s top biologists, Karin Erb, who is director of the fertility clinic at Odense University Hospital, has done much research on this exact topic: In 2016, her results were published in collaboration with The Danish Health Data Board.

The research shows that back in 2006, 25 % of pregnancies through IVF and ICSI resulted in twins. This number was down to 8,4 % in 2015. Clearly, there is a significant decline in twin pregnancies!

“It’s so amazing. We have achieved the same high chances of pregnancy, but at the same time managed to decrease the high number of twins” Karin Erb in an article.

A major reason for the decrease is that in 1997, The Danish fertility society (Dansk Fertilitetsselskab) set a limit of maximum 2 eggs at a time, and in 2005 they recommended that only one embryo is placed in the uterus, if the woman is under 35 and has no medical issues – the so-called single embryo transfer (SET). 

Risks when you carry more than one 
Many people, doctors included, talk about the risk of having twins, not the possibility, which may sound like there is something wrong with having twins. This is not the case. The reason is simply that a twin pregnancy has much higher health risk than a 1-child-pregnancy:

The risk of premature delivery is ten times higher with a twin pregnancy compared to a pregnancy with one fetus. Premature births can cause death to the baby, as well as neurological damages, hearing problems, poor eyesight and lower IQ.

But as the recent study shows, there is no reason to worry too much about a surprise twin-pregnancy, just because you are having fertility treatment.

Need our help?
We are always ready to help, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you are curious about what to expect when starting fertility treatment with the use of donor sperm, we highly recommend that you begin your journey by reading our 8-step guide.

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