Sperm count and sperm quality differ from man to man. It only takes a single sperm cell to become pregnant, but the higher the count the greater the chances are for success.

At European Sperm Bank, there are a number of parameters that we assess to determine the quality of your sperm. These include:

– Sperm concentration (the number of sperm found in 1 ml. of ejaculate)
– Motility (sperm movement)
– Morphology (sperm appearance)
– Total sperm count (total volume of ejaculate x sperm concentration)

Normal and high sperm count
The number of live sperm cells vary from man to man and from day to day. Still, it is good to be aware of what can cause both temporary and permanent reduced sperm quality. Find out the factors that can cause reduced sperm count here.

There is currently no general definition of what a high sperm quality entails, but WHO has a standard of what is normal sperm count:

– Semen volume: Min.1,5 ml
– Total number of sperm: 39 million
– Concentration of sperm: 15 million / ml
– Total motility: 40% (i.e., the number of live cells that move forward)
Source: WHO

If you are unsure of your own quality, you can get a sperm count analysis.

Donor Semen
Donor semen is treated in a laboratory, where it is cleaned and frozen to -196 degrees Celsius. Only about 50% of the sperm cells survive the freezing process. As a consequence, we only accept donors with a higher than normal sperm count, with a post-thaw motile count of 20 million sperm per ml. Are you one of them?

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You are always welcome to email or call us if you have any questions.

Phone: 020 3630 0147

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European Sperm Bank is located in Holborn, London.


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Take the first step to becoming a sperm donor at European Sperm Bank. Fill in the application form, and we will get in touch.

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If you are between the age of 18 and 40, healthy and meet the criteria, you can be a sperm donor. Find out more about the application process here:

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You are always welcome to visit us at our office in Holborn, London, a stone's throw from Chancery Lane Station.

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We make a difference for those who cannot have children on their own. At European Sperm Bank, we specialise in the collection, handling and distribution of donor sperm.

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