IVF for lesbian couples grows families
At our Manhattan fertility center, we are committed to helping you grow your family. For many lesbian couples, bringing new life into the world together is a process that is filled with joy and excitement. IVF for lesbian couples is an advanced fertility treatment that can help more same-sex couples experience the joy of pregnancy and childbirth.
With IVF for lesbian couples, one partner will take fertility medications that will cause her ovaries to produce multiple eggs at once. When the eggs reach maturity, they are retrieved by the fertility specialist in an outpatient procedure, using a thin needle that is inserted through the vagina.
Then, the eggs are fertilized in our IVF laboratory using sperm from the donor of your choice. The resulting embryos can then be transferred to the egg provider’s uterus, one at a time, until pregnancy is achieved. Alternatively, some lesbian couples choose reciprocal IVF, in which one partner contributes eggs and the other carries the baby.
Why IVF for lesbian couples?
Fertility testing is the first step in determining which fertility treatment is best for you. Most lesbian couples come to our Manhattan fertility center with a plan for which partner will carry the baby. Fertility testing of the partner who will undergo treatment is necessary to establish a baseline measure of her fertility and her ability to carry a pregnancy.
For lesbian couples with no apparent fertility problems, the first-line treatment is typically intrauterine insemination, or IUI, with donor sperm. It often takes more than one cycle of IUI to achieve pregnancy, but if you’re unsuccessful after several cycles, IVF for lesbian couples may be recommended as a next step. For many lesbian couples, IVF with donor sperm can achieve pregnancy when IUI fails.
If pre-cycle testing finds fertility issues that would lower the chances of success with IUI, your fertility specialist may recommend moving directly to IVF.
IVF may be recommended if you have:
- Blocked fallopian tubes that prevent fertilization and/or implantation
- Diminished ovarian reserve, or low egg supply
- Unexplained infertility, including recurrent IUI failure
More control over family-building
IVF for lesbian couples offers certain advantages that are unavailable with other fertility treatments. For example, couples concerned about genetic disorders or who wish to know the gender of their child ahead of time can add preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to their IVF cycle. These genetic embryo tests provide a wealth of information to help you and your fertility specialist select the best embryo to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy and healthy baby.
To learn more about IVF for lesbian couples, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Manhattan fertility center.