Family planning can be an exciting and emotional journey for many couples, but it can be especially challenging for lesbian couples who may require assistance from fertility treatments to conceive a child.
While conception may seem daunting for same-sex couples, fortunately there are several options available to same-sex couples hoping to start their own family. Here are 5 pregnancy options for lesbian couples.
1. Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm directly into a woman’s uterus.
In the case of lesbian couples, donor sperm is used for the procedure.
This can be done using sperm from a known or anonymous donor.
IUI can be a more affordable and less invasive option compared to in vitro fertilization (IVF).
2. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment involves fertilising an egg with sperm in a laboratory setting.
With lesbian couples, one partner will provide the eggs, which will then be fertilised with donor sperm. The resulting embryo(s) are then implanted into the other partner’s uterus.
IVF can be a more effective option compared to IUI, especially if the woman providing the eggs is older or has fertility issues.
3. Reciprocal IVF
Also known as shared motherhood, reciprocal IVF is a fertility treatment that allows both partners to be physically involved in the pregnancy.
One partner undergoes ovarian stimulation to produce eggs, which are then collected and fertilised with donor sperm in a laboratory setting.
The resulting embryos are then implanted into the other partner’s uterus for pregnancy.
This treatment allows both partners to have a genetic connection to the child, as one partner provides the eggs while the other carries the pregnancy.
4. Egg Donation
Egg donation is a process where a woman donates her eggs to be fertilised with sperm and implanted into another woman’s uterus.
For lesbian couples, one partner can use a donor egg for fertilisation while the other carries the pregnancy.
The donor eggs are typically retrieved from a young, healthy woman who has undergone ovarian stimulation to produce multiple eggs.
The eggs are then fertilised with donor sperm in a laboratory setting before being implanted into the other partner’s uterus.
Surrogacy is also a popular option for lesbian couples who want to start a family. It involves a woman carrying a pregnancy and giving birth to a child for another person or couple.
Surrogacy allows one partner of the lesbian couple to provide the eggs while the other partner’s egg is fertilised and implanted into the surrogate’s uterus.
Alternatively, the couple can choose to use a donor egg. The surrogate is screened to ensure that she is medically and emotionally able to carry the pregnancy to term.
Step 6: Fertilisation
In the laboratory, the retrieved eggs are combined with the prepared sperm to facilitate fertilisation. The fertilised eggs, or embryos, are monitored for growth over the next few days.
Choosing The Right Option
Deciding which option is right for you and your partner can be a difficult decision.
Each option comes with its own set of challenges and benefits, so it’s important to consult with an experienced fertility specialist to determine which option is best for your specific needs.
It’s also important to choose a fertility clinic like Sago IVF Team North Cyprus that is LGBTQ+ friendly and has experience working with same-sex couples.
We provide a range of viable fertility treatment that can help lesbian couples achieve their desire of starting a family.
If you’re considering fertility treatment, feel free to seek guidance from one of our qualified patient advisors, available online right now.