Where do I start?

PictureCEO Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen at Fertilitets-Messen

A couple of weeks ago, we at European Sperm Bank participated in the first ever fertility expo in Scandinavia, Fertilitets-Messen.

​The goal for this expo was essential: More openness!

One of the women we met at the expo, Jane, was there with her mom. She had been thinking about having a child with the help from a sperm donor for years, but she had never discussed it with her friends…


“When I first began searching for information about sperm donors, I really wanted to talk about it with my best friend, who were actually pregnant herself. Even though she would probably love to talk about it, I felt awkward and a bit inferior, because I couldn’t have a baby “the normal way”. The only person, who I was sure would not judge me, was of course my own mother. So I asked her to come with me”, Jane explains.

Seeing so many different people at the expo and talking to all kinds of passionate fertility experts, actually made me call my best friend and say “Hey, I also want a baby, and I’m more than okay by doing it on my own!”.

Jane was far from the only person we met at the expo, who was somehow reluctant to talk about fertility treatment and using a sperm donor. But luckily, as so many other different things in life, it becomes more and more “normalized” the more people talk about it.

According to dr.dk, approximately 10% of children in Denmark are born with the help from infertility treatment. Some people have been struggling for years to conceive a baby, some have been wondering all through their 30’s whether to have a child or not. No matter what – if you have decided to have a child, you don’t want to wait months and years for your dream to come true.

At the expo in Bella Center in Copenhagen, we met a lot of people besides Jane, both single and couples, who were contemplating having children with the help from fertility treatment, and people really seemed to enjoy the open and honest atmosphere where all questions were welcome.

First step

We at European Sperm Bank work closely with fertility clinics all over the world, so please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you need a list of clinics in your home country. If you feel better with some beginner-knowledge about fertility treatment, several Danish fertility clinics has made thorough guides on where to begin. These types of guides offer great knowledge about fertility as well as infertility.

If you already know that you will be needing donor sperm, we recommend that you start by checking our 8-step guide.

You can also check out our FAQ, where you will find answers to the frequently asked questions about donor sperm, purchasing donor sperm, finding a sperm donor, health, safety and much more.

Our role as a sperm bank is to assist you in making the choices that are right for you by sharing our knowledge and giving you the tips that can make a difference. We work every day to give life to your choice to create a family through donor insemination and we are more than 10 years of experience in doing this.

You are more than welcome to contact us!

//posted by Stinne, Client Service Manager 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

Age is not the only factor – Improve your fertility

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By Nanna Stigel, nutritionist and fertility expert.

In these times and most recently the last weeks, the Danish media has reported on the fact that infertility has become somewhat of a “national disease”, and again age was to blame as the great fertility killer. Not without reason.
But there is are a lot you can do to strengthen your fertility.

Age is the major factor, but it is not the only one
It is worrying to give all women over the age of 35 the impression that it is no longer possible for them to become pregnant without infertility treatment. Not only does it put a great amount of stress on them, which in itself may have a negative affect the fertility, it also ignores the fact that there are many things that you can do to boost your fertility!


​Fertility is a complex field to study. Almost every part of one’s body and lifestyle should – in my opinion – be taken into consideration: diet, general lifestyle, medical history, potential lack of nutrition, environmental impact and stress level.
It all matters. The essential point is that many of these factors that affect fertility can be changed to the better.

Start by helping yourself
Here is a list of some thing you should consider if you want to improve fertility:

  1. Eat fertile, clean and unprocessed food. In combination, clean food stabilises blood sugar and are full of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Eat as organic as possible.
  2. Exercise balanced. Excessive work-out or not working out at all is a no-go. My favorite is fertility yoga which can be done at home or with a trained yoga teacher. Find the type of work-out that works for you and don’t overdo it.
  3. Avoid fertility-stealers.  These include alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, endocrine disruptions and pesticides.
  4. Important daily supplements. Zinc, d-vitamin, selenium, folate as well as B12 and B6 are good for you.
  5. Identify the obstacles. Try to identify the imbalance which may be casuing your infertility; this refers to e.g. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, overweight and obesity as well as underweight.

If you have already been declared “unwillingly childless” or infertile, there is still a possibility that unregulated balances in your body can be a major reason. Be aware of any lack of certain nutritions, hormonal imbalances, undiscovered food allergies or intolerances or maybe even general problems with your digestive system. 

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About the author
Nanna Ewald Stigel, M.A and nutritional therapist. She has her own practice and teaches
fertility at the CET Center in Copenhagen. She is also a trained fertility yoga teacher,
​Foresight Practioner and specialises in holistic fertility treatment.

Curious for more information? 
If you are familiar with the Danish language, you can visit Nanna Stigel at her website nannastigel.dk or blivgravid.nu.
Don’t speak Danish? Then you’re welcome to connect Nanna Stigel directly by email