LGBTQ+ Fertility Treatment Options

Jun 30, 2022 | Fertility, IVF, Same Sex Couples

Every woman who wishes to go through motherhood deserves a chance to become a mother. Therefore, it is essential to know that reproductive medicine technology offers options for couples or women to realize their dream of having children.

To achieve successful fertilization, everything begins with a consultation.

In the first consultations, there are countless conversations about what the couple wants and their goals. One of the main concerns is to know the medical history of each one, a factor that can point us in the direction of the most effective treatment.

For an LGBTQ couple, there are options for sperm donation; this condition is indispensable in any fertility treatment for lesbian couples.

From this first consultation, the woman will leave with the commitment to perform basic fertility tests that will provide vital information for developing a treatment protocol that meets the couple’s goals.

The certainty of being a mother already exists, but there are always doubts; how does everything work out when there are two women?

Unlike gay men couples, who rely exclusively on the process of in vitro fertilization, lesbian couples have one more option through artificial insemination.

Reciprocal IVF

 

Reciprocal in vitro fertilization, also known by some as “shared parenthood,” is a type of fertility treatment used to help create families for couples who have female reproductive organs (i.e., a same-sex couple) and therefore are unable to conceive.

During this treatment process, eggs will be collected from one partner and fertilized in our laboratory using donor sperm. Then one or two of the resulting embryos will be transferred to the other partner’s uterus, which has been synchronized with the partner’s cycle.

The result of this procedure is that both partners will be able to experience aspects of parenthood, the first partner through his or her genetic relationship with the child, and the second partner through the bond that occurs during pregnancy.


Both women will be integral parts of this process; both will have something in common in the origin of this new being that will be the fulfillment of a dream for this couple.

What are The Costs of Reciprocal In Vitro Fertilization?

The average cost of reciprocal IVF in this country is similar to that of a standard IVF treatment, meaning that it should cost somewhere between £1,500 and £5,000. However, this will vary depending on the clinic or hospital you choose for your treatment.


The prices of the clinic you choose for your treatment may also depend on the fertility drugs used for the stimulation cycle, which usually depends on the age of the patient and her ovarian reserve. There may also be additional tests involved, in which case we recommend having some extra money set aside in your budget if the price exceeds the observed average cost of the reciprocal IVF procedure.

Artificial Insemination

 

Another option for a successful pregnancy between a couple of women, artificial insemination for lesbians is a much simpler process than IVF, but only one of the partners yields the egg and makes the baby’s gestation.

It consists in the insertion of the donor’s sperm (there is also the need to use a sperm bank) directly into the uterine cavity, where normal fertilization should occur.

Now that you know a little more about the scenario and the fertilization treatments for lesbians, consider whether this is the time to take the first step and make an appointment. If this is exactly what you are feeling, I would be delighted to welcome you in my office so that we can begin this journey together.

 

Emotional Support

 

Every couple that decides to become pregnant, including those who will try naturally, must know that the time needed to achieve pregnancy can vary greatly. For those who resort to assisted reproduction, more than ever it is necessary to feel that they continue living their lives, taking care of their health, their well-being, their quality of life. And, fortunately, medicine, nutrition, and psychology already offer proposals that contribute to the physical and mental balance during and after treatments for pregnancy.

The dietary change proposed and justified throughout this work aims to provide an improvement in nutritional terms that favors fertility, increasing the couple’s chances of achieving the long-dreamed-of pregnancy.

Diet and fertility have a close connection, which has already been proven and explained in detail in the previous chapters. All the proposals presented here were elaborated based on the latest research on the interaction between the adequate nutrients for the increase of fertility. More than this, the guidelines and suggestions presented here can serve as a guide for all people who want to live better, enjoy all the possibilities that life presents, feeling that they have the energy and willingness to move forward, regardless of their life project.

If you are having difficulty implementing these changes in your life, you should be aware of the influence of emotions in this process. The purpose of this chapter is to expose in a very practical way some emotional conflicts that may be hindering the necessary changes in your diet, especially regarding the emotional experiences of those women who present fertility-related complaints.

No woman ever dreamed of the day she would have to undergo reproductive treatments. Or even those who already imagined that they would need such care, due to a previously known organic problem, could imagine the emotional impact of this obstacle. 

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