About Fertility Department


The Fertility Department is responsible for treatment of infertility with all types of assisted insemination, i.e. in vitro fertilization, micro-insemination, freezing of embyos and egg donation. The department also performs preimplantation genetic diagnoses, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue and diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients with habitual abortions. The department has a vision of becoming the largest and leading scientific department within the fertility area in the Nordic countries, offering all types of modern fertility treatments.

This includes specialist functions such as treatment of male infertility and patients with abortus habitualis, HIV positive couples and preimplantation diagnosis and freezing of ovarian tissue with a view to reimplantation later on.

The department offers treatment with assisted reproduction such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection of eggs (ICSI), egg donation, insemination with donor sperm or the partner's sperm, ovulation induction and, to a limited extent, surgical treatment.

The strategy for maintaining the department's lead status in the fertility area is to increase the volume and organisation of the department by e.g. maintaining activity on more than 2,500 treatment courses per year and upgrading the function for habitual abortion by increasing the number of treatments from the current just over 120 couples to about 200 couples.

The department will thus in future become one of the 10 largest fertility departments in Europe. The department will then become better at meeting the need for treatment and at offering treatment within 3-4 months. An expansion would mean that the department is better able to offer more specialist treatments such as egg donation, ovary freezing, PGD and examination of couples who have had habitual abortions; treatments where a certain differentiation of tasks is an advantage. This requires more staff.

The increased capacity will provide better opportunity for clinical research in future.

The department wants to maintain its national function for ovary freezing and aims at establishing networks on egg donation in East Denmark. As a new focus area, the department wants to establish a framework for a reproduction centre with integration of laboratories and clinical activity increasing the cooperation on course of treatment for patients and research between the three main functions within reproduction at Rigshospitalet, i.e. the Fertility Department, the Department of Growth and Reproduction and the Laboratory of Reproductive Biology.

The Fertility Department aims at maintaining a high degree of visibility and presence in the international professional environment on reproduction, and the goal is to strengthen international cooperation. This will be done by profiling the department and participating at European level through research and organisational work in ESHRE and the Nordic Fertility Society and by publishing 20-25 articles per year in international peer-reviewed journals.

The Laboratory of Reproductive Biology which researches in genetic and molecular biological mechanisms, wants to further develop the laboratory so that it complies with the "Good Manufacturing Practice" for cultivation of stem cells and other cell lines, also with regard to therapeutic use.

Areas of special interest 2009-2015

  • Increase activity to more than 2,500 courses of treatment to comply with the increased need for treatment and provide better possibility of clinical research
  • Upgrade the function for habitual abortion establish a network for egg donation in East Denmark 
  • Establish a framework for a reproduction centre
  • Be visible in international specialist environments on reproduction
  • Publish 20-25 articles in international peer-reviewed journals per year
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