Introducing European Sperm Bank’s Expert Panel

At European Sperm Bank we help women and couples from around the world every day. Answering all kinds of possible questions. This has now inspired and led us to creating a new Expert Panel where we cooperate with selected experts from each their field. They all have years of both personal and work-related experience and will kindly share their thorough knowledge on their specific topic.

Our goal is to constantly be even better in helping our clients, and to collect relevant and inspirational information that we can share on our blog and other platforms. It’s our hope that you will get a lot of inspiration and knowledge – but also that you will get in touch or comment if you have anything you would like to ask or discuss.

Welcome to the first 3 members of the Expert Panel

Our newest blogger, Henriette Cranil, is a psychologist and mother to 7 years old donor twins. As a psychologist, Henriette has made it one of her specialities to advise singles and couples in having children with a donor. She helps find solutions to the many questions and dilemmas that rise when they consider conceiving with the help from a donor and later when they need advice as parents. Additionally, Henriette is an experienced keynote speaker and she makes use of both her professional and personal experiences in her blog posts and key notes. She touches upon questions such as: should my donor be anonymous or known? What is important when both mom and child/children must prosper in everyday life with only one parent? Are there any taboos regarding receiving help from a donor? In a lesbian relationship, how does the parent, who is not carrying the baby, feel? As a single mom, how do I speak with my child about it not having a father?

Søs Jørgensen is a specialized Family Health Care Nurse with over 20 years of experience. In addition to her daily job as a health care nurse, she also holds a Master’s degree in Health and Humanity as well as advanced courses within family therapy. She knows firsthand of the joys and issues when bringing a newborn home. Her expertise ranges from health-related issues doing pregnancy, nursing, challenges when beginning kindergarten and school to the overwhelming obstacles any teenager might face.

Dorte Egeberg Palme was recently awarded the PhD degree from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen. During her PhD studies, Dorte has focused on automatization and development of sperm analysis at the Department of Growth and Reproduction, University Hospital of Copenhagen (Denmark). Dorte has great knowledge in the male reproductive health and in the future, she will scientifically contribute to the further development at European Sperm Bank.

Get in touch

We highly encourage all of you to send us any questions you might have. Either make a comment on a post or email us. You can address your questions to the expert of your choice or you can contact our staff for general information.

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.

About ESHRE
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

Spermbike
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

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

Welcome – we give life to your choice    

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Questions, choices and dilemmas around sperm donors are many. In this blog, we aim to provide you with our own and others’ viewpoints on the many issues and aspects surrounding fertility, infertility and donor children.

At European Sperm Bank, we have worked with sperm donors, fertility and assisted pregnancy since 2003. During this time, we have built a substantial base of knowledge on fertility, infertility and donor children.


We share this knowledge and much of our insights are available to you at our Learning Centre on our website europeanspermbank.com
 
Every day, we use our knowledge and experience, when we guide and assist women in their search for the right sperm donor. We are also in daily contact with fertility clinics all over the world and we are constantly updated on what goes on.
 
As one of the world’s leading sperm banks, it is our mission to give life to your choice to create a family through sperm donor insemination.
 
We find that a significant part of this mission is to make sure that you have the insights and knowledge necessary to make this your life’s perhaps most important choice. To make sure you have the best possible starting point; that you can feel confident about yourself and your coming child’s future.
 
We work constantly work to pick up knowledge and insights from the many women seeking to get pregnant with donor sperm in order to best provide answers to the many questions around using donor sperm.
 
Here are a few of these questions:

 
Sharing insights and knowledge can be vital when you are working your way through the information jungle around the concepts of fertility, infertility, IVF and the use of donor sperm to grow your family.
 
With this blog we wish to help you to find a clearer path through this jungle. Welcome!

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