Do you know enough about sperm count?


We work with sperm all day, every day.

Sperm not only interest us; it is our whole foundation and we constantly work on improving quality, sperm count and the survivability of the sperm cells.

Recent studies show that many men don’t know enough about infertility in general and about sperm in particular:

This Canadian study by D. Daumler, P. Chan, K.C. Lo, J. Takefman and P. Zelkowitz on 700 men showed, according to Medical Daily that the participants “have limited knowledge of the various factors that are associated with male infertility”.

It seems that for a lot of men, fertility is not something you think about until the day you are  actually told that you have low sperm count. This usually happens when men make a decision to start a family and experience trouble with conceiving.  

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.
​Most men have what is called a “normal” sperm quality, which is primarily measured in four different parameters: total volume, sperm count, motility and morphology. 



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.

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

//posted by Thomas – ​Head Laboratory Technician at European Sperm Bank​​​

What is MOT?


If you are already in fertility treatment you most certainly have heard about MOT.
MOT is short for “Motile Total”, which is the way to express how many sperm cells are healthy and moving in a forward direction. 

MOT is counted in millions per milliliter. This means that MOT20 equals 20 million healthy sperm cells per milliliter.


The donor sperm is frozen in straws. A straw is a tiny tube with sperm inside. ​Straws are made specifically for safe cryo storage of human sperm in liquid nitrogen and nitrogen vapour. Each straw of donor sperm from European Sperm Bank used for insemination contains 0,5 milliliters.

​It happens on a daily basis that people call us and ask what MOT our donors have. The answer is simple: To ensure the best quality, all our units (both ICI and IUI) are MOT20+, meaning that we ensure a minimum of 10 million healthy sperm cells per straw. This is our way to ensure, that you have the best conditions to achieve a pregnancy.

​​Is this super sperm from super donors?
Our sperm donors are regular, healthy men with an extraordinary good sperm quality. Only 5-7 % of all our donor applicants are accepted into the program after a through screening. They may look ordinary, but what makes them stand out, is their sperm quality and their wish to help those who need it. For us, that makes them super!

Read more about MOT

//posted by Lilian, Nurse and Donor Coordinator at European Sperm Bank

What goes on in a sperm bank? Visit from the Philippines.


In the early summer, we at European Sperm Bank had a visit from Ana P. Santos, a journalist from the Philippines.

Come and see how it works

CEO Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen takes you on a tour of our office, lab and cryo logistics center:  WATCH

​Ana P. Santos is a reproductive health and gender columnist. She attended the Women Deliver 2016 conference in Copenhagen as a media scholar. Women Deliver is the largest gathering of health experts and advocates working to advance the sexual reproductive health rights of women and girls.

//posted by Adam