Learning Experience about donor sperm and sperm quality

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“WOW!” said one of my students, looking at the rapidly moving sperm cells through the laboratory microscope.
​“It’s amazing to think that someday, one of those sperm is going to help create a baby!”
As a professor of Human Sexuality at the University of Arizona, leading 23 Public Health students into European Sperm Bank Copenhagen facility is a wonderful learning opportunity.Our visit at European Sperm Bank was one of the highlights on our four-week trip to hospitals, clinics, and universities in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark.​


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Lee Ann Hamilton, Professor 
College of Public Health 
University of Arizona 
Tucson, Arizona, USA Prior to climbing the steps up to the facility, most of the college students have never thought about infertility, assisted reproduction technology, single parenting, sperm donation, or the longing for a baby.  Once inside the building, their eyes and minds open wide.   ​After learning about the short process from sperm donation to cryopreservation in the lab, we are welcomed into the warehouse of cryotanks filled with liquid nitrogen and enough sperm to repopulate the world. We learn about the safeguards in place to make sure donor semen is cataloged, stored, and shipped correctly. The work is taken very seriously and carried out with integrity, professionalism, and safety.  

As we walk through the open offices, we are greeted by friendly staff members working in open and bright work spaces.

Caring, compassionate, welcoming, forward-thinking, and fascinating. Those are words that would describe the people we meet at European Sperm Bank.

We are then fortunate to meet with Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen, CEO and Managing Director. Annemette tells us about the history, philosophy, and operations of European Sperm Bank. She patiently and respectfully answers many questions from my students.  So much of the information is brand new and, honestly, “mind-blowing.”  

As a professor of Human Sexuality, I was so excited to learn first-hand about the scientific processes that are helping women achieve pregnancy through donor insemination. 

It is interesting to learn about the extensive screening, interviewing, and testing of donors. As an adoptive mother, I understand how important biological information can be to a child (or adult child).

It is clear to me that with European Sperm Bank values and ethical practices, they are prepared to address the future needs of children created through their hard work.

I’m grateful to know that there are compassionate scientists and entrepreneurs at European Sperm Bank, who work tirelessly to help people achieve their dreams of parenthood.


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