Having settled on a sperm bank, Jo and Viv then needed to choose the country they would have the actual fertility treatment in. European Sperm Bank sent the couple a list of potential countries; among the options were Denmark, Germany and Portugal.
Jo and Viv ended up being inseminated at a fertility clinic in Denmark. They chose Denmark for various reasons: it was easy for them to get to Denmark by plane; they have friends in Copenhagen and it was important for them to be in a country where they were actually seen as a real couple.
However, even after they had decided on a sperm bank and a fertility clinic, there were still plenty of queries that needed to be addressed.
The most pressing concern for Jo and Viv was what it would be like to travel when pregnant and what kind of stress would come with it. The climate in Denmark is, to put it mildly, on the cold side - could this have an impact on treatment success? Would they be able to predict the cycle and ovulation time? Would it be possible to book flights and appointments at the fertility clinic for exactly the right treatment time? What are the chances of getting pregnant through insemination (IUI)?
"We had so many questions and concerns. But we concluded that if, in the worst case, Viv started ovulating earlier than expected, we would be able to fly to Denmark at short notice. That would not have been possible, for example, in Portugal due to the limited number of flights. That was another reason for choosing Denmark."