Yes, we are tough on screening sperm donors


Having a donor child is one of the safest ways to have a child. Even so, we must always embrace the fact that we are dealing with nature – and therefore our own imperfect genes.

Nordic Cryobank, who handles European Sperm Bank’s sperm donor related matters, was yesterday fully acquitted in a pivotal court case held before the Danish Eastern High Court. 

Nordic Cryobank was accused of not screening a specific donor for a very rare disease and the case went to court – despite full support and acknowledgement of Nordic Cryobank’s procedures from both the Danish Board of Health and the Danish Ministry of Justice’s Forensic Medicine Council.

But why write about this in this blog? 
Well, because the nature of the court case touches upon the inherent basics of making a baby – both under ‘natural’ circumstances and with sperm from a donor: can we ever be 100 percent sure that our coming child does not have a disease?

​First of all, it is important to state that having a child with donor sperm is safe. Actually even more safe than through ‘normal’ reproduction due to the extensive screening and medical examinations that all our sperm donors go through. 

Second, it is equally important that we realise, that we all have little faults in our genes; that there simply is no such thing as a perfect man or a perfect woman – and that we therefore, when we opt for having children, always must embrace the natural fact that there is a risk, even if ever so slight.

But even though it is extremely rare that sperm donors turn out to be the cause of a condition in a donor child, we of course take it on us be extra careful and extremely vigilant when we screen our sperm donors. 

Because even if we from nature know that it is not possible to completely remove all imperfections, we know that we are able to rule out most serious diseases and conditions through testing and thorough screening. 

So, in fewer words, yes, we are tough on screening our sperm donors.

As always, if you have any questions whatsoever on our sperm donors, our screening processes and other donor-related issues, you can find an abundance of information on our website or you can call or email us at any time.

//posted by Adam, ​communications advisor to European Sperm Bank