Fertility Treatment for Lesbian Couples
There are two options we can offer for lesbians or single women who wish to become parents. Both options will require the use of donor sperm. You can choose to use an anonymous donor from a sperm bank, or use a known donor of your choice.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI, aka artificial insemination, donor insemination) involves the injection of washed sperm directly into the uterus on the day of ovulation. The timing of ovulation can be controlled through the use of fertility medications, and sometimes donor sperm insemination is performed after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of eggs in a Petri dish. After the created embryos have developed for 3-5 days, they will be transferred into the uterus to establish a pregnancy. We usually transfer the best 1 or 2 embryos and freeze the remaining embryos of good quality. Reciprocal IVF is a popular form of treatment for lesbian couples because it allows both partners to be involved in the conception. The eggs from one partner (genetic mother) will be fertilized with the donor sperm, and the embryos are later transferred into the other partner who will then carry the pregnancy (gestational mother).