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Terminology

Most countries have in their legislation set a maximum number of children or families to which a donor can contribute. This number differ from country to country. Some few sperm banks have set a world-wide limit as well, in Livio Sperm Bank the limit per donor is 25 children.

In order to ensure that these pregnancy limits are respected, some treatment countries require that you purchase a socalled pregnancy slot. A pregnancy slot gives you the right to use the same sperm donor for multiple children within the same family.

MOT indicates the amount of motile sperm cells, meaning forward-moving sperm cells. MOT is an acronym for Motile Total. MOT is measured in (mio/ml).

MOT 20- At least 20 millions motile sperm per ml

MOT 10- At least 10 millions motile sperm per ml

MOT 2- At least 2 millions motile sperm per ml

Sperm donated on an altruistic basis

A donor who has consented to share his identity to potential children born by the use of his sperm, at adult age (non-anynomous donor)

Livio has only non-anonymous donors, however some countries also practice recruitment of anonymous donors where the identity will be hidden to all, also to potential children born by the use of his sperm.

Intrauterine Insemination (insemination in the uterus). The term IUI-D is used for insemination with donorsperm.

Artificial Insemination Donor (similar to intrauterine insemination)

In Vitro Fertilisation

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a single sperm is injected to an oocyte.

Antimüllerian hormone (expression of female ovarian capacity based on a blood sample)

No spermatozoa present in the ejaculate

Freezing technique used to preserve donor sperm

Unfertilized egg or sperm

The device used to store the sperm in during cryopreservation

Donor and sperm

When a potential donor applies, he undergoes a very strict selection and screening process.

First, he completes a comprehensive medical questionnaire and will thereafter go through interviews with our medical staff (nurse, medical doctor and psycologist) with the aim of evaluating candidates based on own health and lifestyle, family medical history, and risk behaviour. Potential donors with a family history of hereditary mental or physical diseases are rejected.

Additionally, a thorough physical examination of the candidate is carried out, and blood and urine samples are tested for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HTLV. In our lab, we also do a genetic carrier test for a number of recessive diseases, which means that the donor candidates at the time being are tested for the most common genetic mutations causing:

• Cystic fibrosis
• Alfa thalassemia, Beta thalassemia and Sickle cell
• Spinal muscular atrophy
• Tay Sachs (depending on donor’s ethnicity)

Also all potential donors are screened for normal karyotype (chromosome analysis).

Other blood parameters, Cytamegalovirus status and blood type is also a part of the screening.

All donors who get approved are regularly tested for infectious diseases through the donation period.

All Livio donors are non-anonymous. Donor children have the right to receive some kind of information about the donor, when adult, most often at the age of 18.

The donor remains, however, anonymous to the couple, and the couple remains anonymous to the donor. According to Swedish legislation the donor will never have any legal obligations nor privileges towards the child.

Most countries have in their legislation set a maximum number of children or families to which a donor can contribute. This number differ from country to country. Some few sperm banks have set a world-wide limit as well, in Livio Sperm Bank the limit per donor is 25 children.

In order to ensure that these pregnancy limits are respected, some treatment countries require that you purchase a socalled pregnancy slot. A pregnancy slot gives you the right to use the same sperm donor for multiple children within the same family.

MOT indicates the amount of motile sperm cells, meaning forward-moving sperm cells. MOT is an acronym for Motile Total. MOT is measured in (mio/ml).

MOT 20- At least 20 millions motile sperm per ml
MOT 10- At least 10 millions motile sperm per ml
MOT 2- At least 2 millions motile sperm per ml

For some donors we offer two different types of donor sperm straws, ICI and IUI straws. Most clinics prefer the IUI straws, however before ordering sperm, you will have to (together wih your clinic) decide on whether to purchase ICI or IUI straws.

IUI is an acronym for IntraUterine Insemination which means insemination in the uterus. IUI, IVF and ICSI treatments may only be performed at a fertility clinic. IUI units are primarily prepared for treatments where the donor sperm is inseminated directly into the uterus and also well suited for IVF- and ICSI treatments.

ICI is an acronym for IntraCervical Insemination. With this treatment, a syringe is used to inseminate the donor sperm vaginally. ICI units should not be used to inseminate directly into the uterus (IntraUterine Insemination). Some clinics also prefer to do the preparation process themselves and therefore want you to buy ICI-straws.

Ordering and shipping

We will protect the donor who have provided us with their personal information from random web searches and unauthorised access. Therefore you need to create an account in order to gain access to the donor profiles. It is free and takes only a few minutes, whereafter you will have access to our donor profiles.

Once your account is set up, you can save your search history so you always can return to your preferred sperm donors.

Livio Sperm Bank are using well known, international shipping partners practicing quality assurance for all shipments. This helps us to ensure that your straws will arrive safe and on time.

Each unit of sperm is shipped frozen in a device called straw. Straws are specifically made for safe cryo-storage of human sperm in liquid nitrogen and nitrogen vapour. We ship our straws in socalled 'dry shippers' where a stable temperature is secured for up to 1-2 weeks.

Storage and return

When you order straws online, you can choose between shipping your straws directly to your treatment clinic or to have them stored at Livio Sperm Bank. If stored with us is chosen at checkout you are asked about your prefferred length of storage.

In case you did not need all straws bought during the fertility treatment, you can choose to store the additional straws in case you want to have a second child later on. If you don't want to use the straws that you have in storage with us, we'll refund part of your expenses for buying the sperm. You'll get back 75% of your initial cost until 3 years after your date of purchase - following that, the refund will decrease gradually. You can read more about sperm straw refunds in our terms and conditions.

If you want to store straws for potential siblings, we recommend reserving the straws as soon as possible. If you wait, there is a risk that the sperm donor will no longer be available.

When you make a reservation, you pay for the straws and a reservation fee for having the straws stored at Livio Sperm Bank for a chosen period. In case you did not need all straws bought during the fertility treatment, you can choose to store the additional straws in case you want to have a second child later on. If you don't want to use the straws that you have in storage with us, we'll refund part of your expenses for buying the sperm. You'll get back 75% of your initial cost until 3 years after your date of purchase - following that, the refund will decrease gradually. You can read more about sperm straw refunds in our terms and conditions. You can see the current Livio Sperm Bank prices for reservation here

If you decide to cancel the reservation, we offer to refund 75% of the straw price.

Pregnancy

We indeed hope that you succeed with your fertility treatment and have a positive pregnancy test. If so, the fertility clinic where you have been treated should report this back to us. It is our legal responsibility to register all pregnancies and deliveries of a donor.

Health and safety

Livio Sperm Bank are having a strict focus on health and safety, this in relation to our donors as well as to our customers. All our products are coming from donors strictly screened for hereditary and infectious diseases. All Livio laboratories are ISO-9001 certified and approved as tissue establishments by the National boards of health and welfare in each country as well as to the EU Tissue Directive 2004/2008 relating to donor sperm.

Despite our strict focus on quality and health, potential adverse events suspected to be related to our products may occur. Any such adverse event should immediately be reported to us.

Donor children

Definitely yes- as early as possible. Follow-up studies have shown that donor conceived children who have this knowlegde from the very beginning are healthier mentally than those getting to this know in later life. Moreover, studies show that children who know from a very young age have a closer relationship with their parents as they grow up and have more positive feelings about being donor-conceived.

Parents and donor-conceived children will often use individual ways to tell and talk about the sperm donor and how their family came to be.

In the following TED talk, Veerle Provoost, a philosopher and social scientist, shares examples from her interviews with donor-conceived children and their parents.

Rules and legislation

All activities in Livio Sperm Bank are based on the highest ethical and moral standards. The ethical principles focuses on respect to the interests and welfare of persons who will be born as well as the health and psychosocial welfare of all participants, including sperm donors.

All Livio Sperm Bank donors are handling on an altruistic basis, they want to help others. The donors are only compensated for expences to transport and their normal working time.

All our donors are open or socalled non-anonymous. According to legislation in each country children born after use of donor semen will as an grown-up have the right to seek information about the donor used.

We are also acting in accordance with applicable national law a in order to adhere to the national quota of children/families, specific to each country.

All Livio laboratories are ISO-9001 certified and approved as tissue establishments by the National boards of health and welfare in each country as well as to the EU Tissue Directive 2004/2008 relating to donor sperm.

How does it work?
the process step by step

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