Get a sperm count test!

Sperm counts among western men have halved in the last 40 years, shows a recently published study. 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.

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.
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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.

Sperm quality matters – also in donor sperm
MOT is short for ‘Motile Total, which is the way to express how many sperm cells are moving forward. MOT is counted in millions per milliliter, so MOT20+ means that there are more than 20 million forward-moving sperm cells in a milliliter. A straw of donor sperm used for insemination contains 0.5 milliliters, so a quality of MOT20+ will give you a total of over 10 million sperm cells for insemination. The reason we are very particular about MOT20+ is that many clinics and researchers find it to give the best chance of pregnancy, e.g. Shady Grove Fertility, with clinics in 22 locations in the USA. They have systematically collected data from 47,500 IUI cycles with different MOT qualities and concludes that MOT20 donor sperm gives you a 17% chance of success whereas using MOT10 donor sperm reduces your chances to 11%. In other words, your chance of pregnancy is 50% larger with MOT20+.

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

Fertility Show London this weekend!

We at European Sperm Bank are participating and we hope that you will come and meet us at booth number E30. We are ready to discuss and answer any and all questions you might have about e.g. donor sperm, how to choose a donor etc.

​Time and Place
Saturday 4 November 2017
10am – 6pm
​Sunday 5 November 2017
10am – 5pm

Olympia London Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
The Fertility Show takes place on level 2 of the Olympia Central Hall, the entrance is on Hammersmith Road.

More info at

We look forward to seeing you!

Keep an eye out for the bike and the balloons!

France: Fertility treatment for singles and lesbians

During the presidential election in France, Emmanuel Macron promised to legislate on access to medically assisted procreation for single women and lesbians if he was elected. 
​In France, medically assisted procreation is reserved to heterosexual couples only, with most or all of the bill paid for by public healthcare funds.
Macron said, during his campaign, that he would wait for the recommendation from the National Consultative Committee on Ethics to reach the largest consensus.
And now the committee has officially proposed a change in legislation.

Only two months after the presidential election, the CCNE (National Consultative Committee on Ethics or Comité Consultatif National d’Ethique) has issued a recommendation for granting female couples and single women access to sperm-donor techniques of medically assisted reproduction.

Not only does this statement bring France a step closer to the biggest gay rights reform since same-sex marriage was legalized in 2013 (France was the 14th country in the world to legalize gay marriage). It also makes it possible for French single women and lesbian couples to have the children, the wish for, without having to travel abroad or go against the law.
Alongside the CCNE, French gay rights groups also call on Macron to legislate rapidly, however so far, no official statements have been made from the President on the matter. Please make sure you to read further on this topic here.

​Source: Reuters

What to do now?
​First of all, we recommend that you start your journey to parenthood by reading our 8-step guide.
You are of course also welcome to ask us any questions you may have. Some of the answers may be available already at our website If not, do not hesitate to email or call us.  We are more than happy to help you on this journey. Please contact us so we can discuss the best option for you. If you haven’t found a fertility clinic or even a country to have treatment in, we can also be of assistance in recommending clinics around Europe with french-speaking staff.