In 2019, when Polly started to look for a sperm donor to become a mum, she quickly chose European Sperm Bank. Trust and good advice tipped the scales for her; she was looking for support to help her choose a potential sperm donor. This is because Polly comes from a family in which there are serious hereditary disorders.
“Growing up, we never really spoke about disease in my family; the generation that had lived through World War II would become sick but it was never spoken about. If a relative died of cancer, it was simply said: ‘Uncle Dieter is dead because there was something wrong with his stomach’; the cause of death, however, was kept a secret,” explains Polly. For a long time, she knew nothing about the hereditary conditions running in her family. As a result, everyone was surprised when her cousin and partner had a sweet baby daughter with a genetic condition. That made it clear to future single mum Polly: “I wanted to rule out the risk of me carrying this mutation in my genes and passing it on to my child if I were to become pregnant.”
The team at European Sperm Bank told Polly about GeneXmatch and advised her to take this genetic screening.