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Before you start treatment

How do I get started?

If you live abroad
Go to EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS and have a look at our PATIENT INFORMATIONS. Please, fill in the questionnaires and send them back to us together with the tests we need for the introductory interview. You also find our treatment guides on this page. If you are in doubt what treatment you will need, send the questionnaire and an e-mail tobooking@danfert.dk. We are happy to help you further.

If you have a Danish cpr. no.
Ask you GP for a referral for a gynaecologist. After this you call us at 3834 9030 to make an appointment

Can I use a referral from my GP at the clinic?

Yes, you can if you have a Danish cpr. no. Examinations and insemination treatment will be for free with a referral. The man and the woman need a referral both.

Definition of infertility

When a couple has had regular unprotected intercourse 2-3 times a week for a year without obtaining a pregnancy, it is reasonable to start looking for an explanation for the reduced fertility in the man and the woman.

During the first year, 84 % of all fertile couples will obtain a pregnancy. Waiting for another year, about 92 % will become pregnant.

What is the reason for infertility

The woman:

  • damage to the fallopian tubes
  • ovulatory problems (PCOS)
  • endometriosis
  • conditions affecting the uterus
  • the age of the woman (and her oocytes)
  • life style factors

The man:

  • low sperm quality
  • problems with the tubes carrying sperm
  • problems getting an erection
  • life style factors
  • the age of the man

In 20 % of all couples there is no identifiable reason

What is the chance of becoming pregnant without fertility treatment?

  • A healthy women 25 years old will become pregnant every 4th month.
  • A healthy women 35 years old will become pregnant every 8th month.

Have you tried more than 12 months there is good reason to start examinations.

What happens during the introductory interview?

If you live abroad
You will talk to one of our Fertility Specialists, who will inform you about the treatment options you have. Since you bring all necessary test for the interview, the woman only needs a vaginal ultrasound scan which is performed during the interview, and we are ready to plan when you want to start treatment. If you have had IVF treatment before, please, bring a copy of your stimulation- and embryo schedules with you.

If you have a danish cpr. no.
You will talk to one of our Fertility Specialists who will inform you about your treatment options. The woman will have a vaginal ultrasound examination, and both will have blood tests done. Remember to read the information we have send to you before the interview and return the questionnaire at least one week before you come to the clinic.
If you have had IVF treatment before, please, bring a copy of your stimulation- and embryo schedules with you.

What happens once all necessary tests are done?

When the initial consultation ends, you will be informed by the doctor when to contact us again. If you need a passage examination of your tubes, call us once you have the result. We will inform you when we expect to have the results of all blood tests and then you will be ready to start. Meanwhile, you can read more in out patient information.

When do I call the clinic for treatment start?

Please, call us when your period starts. The secretary will inform you when you need to come for the first ultrasound scan. It might already be on your 2nd day of menses.

Why does the man have to deliver 2 semen samples?

Men's semen quality is fluctuating. It can be normal one day, and reduced 2 days later. To get an impression of the fluctuations in the single male, we often ask for 2 different semen samples for diagnostic tests with a one week interval.

Is insemination treatment free?

Yes. If you are a Danish citizen and are covered by the Danish health security (Sygesikringen), investigations and insemination treatment is for free if you bring with you a referral from your GP. However, you have to pay for medication and donor semen. All other patients have to pay themselves.

Is there a long waiting time for treatment?

No. Once you have been to the introductory interview and we have all necessary test results, you can start treatment.

How much alcohol I am allowed to drink during my treatment?

New scientific investigations have shown, that even small amounts of alcohol influence on the chances of becoming pregnant. After a positive pregnancy test, the woman should not drink any alcohol at all. In the man, large quantities of alcohol also influence on semen quality.

Am I allowed to smoke cigarettes during treatment?

Smoking increases the hormone doses necessary for ovarian stimulation. Therefore, we recommend stopping smoking before you start fertility treatment. Smoking also reduces the weight of the newborn child.

Does smoking affect the semen quality?

Yes. It has been shown, that sperm cells from smokers contain more DNA-injuries than sperm cells from non-smokers. Especially men with severely reduced semen quality can improve the chances by stopping or reducing the number of cigarettes.

What can I do myself to improve treatment outcome?

Have a look at LIFESTYLE at our homepage or in our patient information. Smoking, alcohol, under- and overweight for both women and men are some of the factors with best evidence so far.

Previous sterilising treatment. What treatment do I need?

Tubal ligation of the woman: IVF.

Vasectomy of the man: after vasectomy semen production continues, however, the sperm cannot leave the testicles. Therefore, it is possible to extract living sperm cells in a small biopsy from the testicles. This procedure is called TESE (TEsticular Sperm Extraction). After sperm recovery, a single sperm cell is injected into each oocyte to enable fertilisation. The procedure requires that the woman must have IVF in order to recover the oocytes.