The Baby Makers
Inside the world’s largest sperm bank, in a Denmark University town
There are over 800 sperm donors listed on Cryos International’s website as of August 2022. It’s said to be the world’s largest sperm bank. At the sperm facility in Aarhus, Denmark, donors have access to a variety of material, including virtual reality experiences that are said to improve sperm quality. Donor selection criteria include their medical history, travel frequency, lifestyle habits and sexual behaviour.
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