FAQ

Frequently asked questions

– I have a cycle of 28 days – when is it most likely my ovulation takes place?
Answer:

Most inseminations in a 28-day cycle are performed around day 13, but it is also quite normal to ovulate on other days of the cycle, like day 11 or 15. The time from ovulation to menstruation should be minimum 12 days.


– Should I take hormones?
Answer:

Hormone treatment supports your own hormone production and increases your pregnancy chances slightly. To begin with we do not recommend hormone stimulation for healthy women. The hormone treatment may be accompanied by side effects, such as multiple pregnancy, which is associated with risks for both mother and child.
In addition, there is a greater risk of cysts, the overproduction of follicles and / or the discomfort some women endure due to the hormone treatment.


– Is it possible for me as a single women to receive fertility treatment using donor sperm at your clinic?
Answer:

Yes, no problem at all. The rules of the country, where the treatment is taking place, apply, and in Denmark single women may receive fertility treatment using donor sperm.


– Is there an age limit for women who want to recieve a fertility treatment in Denmark?
Answer:

Yes, there is. The woman must be 18 years or older. If she is not much older than 18 years, it is up to our doctor to evaluate the criteria deciding wether she can start or not. Adult women can receive fertility treatment in Denmark until they turn 46 years. There are no exceptions to the law.


– Is it possible for a sperm bank’s sperm donor to get information about the woman who has been treated with his donor sperm or about the donor child?
Answer:

No, the sperm donor from a sperm bank does not receive any information about the women, who have been treated with his donor sperm nor about who gets pregnant with his donor sperm. Neither the sperm bank nor the clinic provide him with any information about the donor child either. Only a donor child of an ID release donor can – when he has turned 18 years –  contact the sperm bank, and get the contact information of the sperm donor.


– Why is there no such thing as an “eggcell bank” with egg cell donors, where one can order egg cells when you need them?
Answer:

In Denmark it is not prohibited to cryopreserve unfertilized egg cells in order to sell them and let them be used by another woman. “Social freezing” (cryopreservation of unfertilized egg cells) is allowed for a woman, who herself uses those egg cells within 5 years.


– Does the preliminary interview before an insemination- or IVF-treatment have to take place in Copenhagen or is it possible to have the conversation online?
Answer:

The preliminary interviews can take place over the phone or online. If the consultation also covers an explanation of hormone stimulation it should be held as a visual call over Skype or using FaceTime.


– Is it up to myself to decide, whether I want to use an ID release donor or a NO ID release donor?
Answer:

Yes, you have the possibility of naking the decision yourself, but of course we are here to advise you if you would like that. In Denmark it is legal to use both donor types, and the rules of the country, where the treatment takes place, apply.


– Is it possible to receive treatment using a new partner’s sperm or donor if I am not legally divorced from my “ex”-husband yet?
Answer:

Your “ex”-husband is still legally your husband and therefore has to sign a consent to still being the legal father, who is financially and socially responsible for the child concieved by the treatment. There are no exceptions to the law.


– Should I proceed taking progesterone, if the pregnancy test 14 days after treatment is negative?
Answer:

We are sorry to hear, it didn’t work. Please stop taking the progesterone – your period will probably start within a few days after.


– Should I take hormones?
Answer:

Hormone treatment supports your own hormone production and increases your pregnancy chances slightly. To begin with we do not recommend hormone stimulation for healthy women. The hormone treatment may be accompanied by side effects, such as multiple pregnancy, which is associated with risks for both mother and child.
In addition, there is a greater risk of cysts, the overproduction of follicles and / or the discomfort some women endure due to the hormone treatment.


– Why do I have a weak bleeding although I am pregnant?
Answer:

One should see the doctor due to any bleeding during pregnancy, but a weak bleeding could be caused by the sensitive mucosal skin of the cervix.


– Why is my cycle being cancelled due to a cyst?
Answer:

It is not always inevitable having to cancel a cycle due to a cyst, but if the cyst limits the growth of follicles or causes limited passage (if prior to an insemination), the cycle often has to be cancelled, as chances for the treatment to be successful in this context often are limited.


– Can I choose the gender of my child?
Answer:

You can only make that choice due to medical reasons here in Denmark. There are no other reasons to choose the gender of the child that Danish legislation approves as being valid. Only three of the public fertility clinics in Denmark offer that kind of selection due to medical reasons.   There are no exceptions to the law.


– Do you apply the ROPA-method at your clinic?
Answer:

The ROPA-method is not allowed in Denmark. Female partners can only donate egg cells to each other due to medical reasons. There are no exceptions to the law.


– Should I use ovulation tests or follicle scans to find the right time for insemination?
Answer:

Our success rate for women who are being follicle scanned and those who are using ovulation tests is the same. It is entirely up to you whether you choose one or the other method.
If there are problems with the ovulation tests, it is always a good idea to do a follicle scan.


– My ovulation test was positive in the morning the first time I urinated – now at 12pm, I did another test, and it is completely negative. Why?
Answer:

The test is sensitive to how concentrated your urine is. If you do the test with the first morning urine, it may give you a false positive answer.


– Is the insemination painful?
Answer:

No, it does not hurt, but it can be associated with some discomfort. After the insemination there may occur a mild pain equivalent to menstrual pain and / or a little bleeding.


– When can I be inseminated after vaccination against German measles?
Answer:

After three months.


– When can I test for pregnancy?
Answer:

You can test 14 days after the insemination or if you don’t get your period as expected.


– What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
Answer:

Some women experience no symptoms of pregnancy, while others have very early symptoms. The most common symptoms are breast tension, brownish vaginal discharge and frequent urination.


– What is endometriosis?
Answer:

In some women the lining of the uterus groves outside the uterus in the ovaries or the fallopian tubes etc. The most common symptom is severe abdominal pain right up to the period. Endometriosis may also cause blood-filled cysts in the ovaries.
You find endometriosis more common in childless women than among women, who have given birth. We do not know with certainty whether endometriosis causes infertility in these women.


– What is PCOS?
Answer:

The abbreviation stands for Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome. To meet the criteria for PCOS, 2 of the following 3 findings must be present:
– Long intervals between periods (more than 35 days)
– On ultrasound, there are more than 10 small follicles in the ovaries.
– Increased male hormone in the blood.
Women with PCOS have problems with ovulation. Often, they are also overweight. Weight loss and dietary changes can often solve the problem. Alternatively, we must stimulate the ovaries with hormone in order to ripen an egg every month.