Sometimes a little miracle just needs a little help
To fulfil this purpose European Sperm Bank is recruiting donors and selling donor sperm from around the world, making the dreams of women and couples come true
The European Sperm Bank opened in Denmark in 2004, focused on providing the highest level of service and care. They have helped more than 30,000 families and are one of the leading sperm banks in the world.
The United Kingdom is one of the biggest markets and when asking Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen, CEO of European Sperm Bank, why this is the case she said: “Our Nordic heritage must be part of it. We are known for our good quality and friendly people, and the Scandinavian look is very appealing to many people as well.”
“But what makes European Sperm Bank successful comes down to more than just our Nordic roots. We’re special because we know how to freeze sperm to get the best samples possible and we are very good at selecting the right donors to create healthy children.”
To become a donor at European Sperm Bank you need to go through a very thorough screening process. It’s a mix of personal interviews, a sperm test, genetic screening and testing, blood testing for diseases, and physical examinations. All potential donors are interviewed about their motivation and questioned on their family history. In fact, about 90% of donor applicants do not reach the standards set by the European Sperm Bank and will therefore not be included in the donor programme.
European Sperm Bank in the UK and Hamburg
European Sperm Bank is recruiting a diverse donor base due to the simple fact that people searching for a donor come from all corners of the world. For example, if you are from south of Europe you might prefer a donor who’s got similar traits as you and your family. And not a tall blonde with blue eyes. This means that the Danish company recently opened up for recruitment in both London and Hamburg.
Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen said: “In the UK we are experiencing an increased demand for donor sperm. But many British women would prefer to use a donor from the UK if possible, which has been an issue because of the lack of UK donors.”
One of the major reasons why there is a lack of UK sperm is that there still is a taboo about sperm donation. It is considered unusual and it is difﬁcult to get men involved. In Denmark, by contrast, sperm donation is becoming more normal and more people view it as an altruistic act.
“We need to talk much more about why being a sperm donor is so important. The modern family household is diverse, with single parent families, reconstituted families, traditional families, and same sex families, meaning more women and couples are seeking help to conceive a child. Being a sperm donor is to help women and couples with the opportunity to have the family they wish for,” Annemette explains.
European Sperm Bank opened an office in central London in October 2018 and is continually working on recruiting UK donors by conveying that what they are doing is “making a dream come true” for childless women and couples. So far, the company’s approach is working, and the first UK donations are ready for distribution.
European Sperm Bank adhere to the directives and guidelines as defined by the EU and WHO as well as the relevant local authorities. Sperm donation in the UK is regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
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