Present Status of Aid and Sperm Banks in Denmark

  • Paul E. Lebech


Twelve years ago only a few births following artificial insemination with donor semen(AID) had been recorded in Denmark(population 5.1 million), while today the number exceeds 1000. Interest in AID continues tc increase and the response may be assessed in different ways. About 33,000 couples of a fertile age marry each year. Almost 10% of them are expected to be infertile and of this percentage the cause is male infertility in about one-third to one-half. On the basis of interviews with such couples, we estimate that about half of them wish to utilize AID which means about 500 couples a year. Furthermore, there must be some accumulation from previous years, and of course a number of couples want more than one child by AID.


Male Infertility Artificial Insemination Commission Report Central Registration Donor Semen 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul E. Lebech
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  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyFrederiksberg HospitalCopenhagenDenmark

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