Reciprocal IVF

Share the Joy! Our Fertility Center Offers Reciprocal IVF for Lesbians

Congratulations on your decision to start or add to your family. Our New York fertility center will guide you through each step of this exciting journey, from initial consultation through positive pregnancy test. As a same-sex female couple, you may consider several fertility treatments, including a unique opportunity to experience pregnancy as a lesbian couple: reciprocal IVF.

Reciprocal IVF Involves Both Partners

With reciprocal IVF, one partner provides the egg to create an embryo, and one partner carries the baby during pregnancy.

In every IVF cycle, the following stages take place:

  • Your fertility doctor stimulates the ovaries with fertility medications to ensure that we have access to a good supply of eggs. During this stage, we closely monitor follicular growth with sonograms in our New York fertility center.
  • Dr. Joel Batzofin retrieves the eggs in a minimally invasive procedure that involves general anesthesia.
  • The IVF lab combines (donor) sperm and retrieved eggs to create viable embryos.

 When you choose reciprocal IVF, we transfer the embryo into the uterus of the second partner.

This stage of IVF will either involve a fresh embryo transfer within days of the egg retrieval, or a frozen embryo transfer (FET) in a subsequent month. In both cases, the woman who will carry the pregnancy will take fertility medications to prepare her uterine lining to receive and nurture the transferred embryo.

New York Fertility Services has worked with many couples to expertly manage synchronized fertility treatment cycles and frozen embryo transfers. We employ the very latest IVF techniques and protocols to optimize your success with reciprocal IVF.

Decisions to Make Prior to Choosing Reciprocal IVF

Maternal age will come into consideration as you decide who will provide the oocyte (egg) for fertilization in a cycle of IVF. The quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs are determined by her age, among other factors. If both partners fall within the same age range, talk with your fertility specialist about other factors to consider.

Indicators that a woman will have a good supply of eggs for IVF for reciprocal IVF:

  • 35 years old or younger
  • Non-smoker
  • A body mass index that falls within a normal range
  • No history of STDs
  • Regular, asymptomatic periods (i.e. absence of heavy, prolonged, skipped or painful periods)
  • Responds well to fertility medications

As a lesbian couple, you have options for sharing a biological connection with your child. Today’s advanced reproductive technologies bring you even closer to having the perfect pregnancy experience, one that is shared by both women in a same-sex relationship. Contact us at our New York fertility center to partner with Dr. Batzofin to build your family with reciprocal IVF.