How Reciprocal IVF Works for Lesbian Family Planning

Lesbian Couple Ultrasound

Reciprocal IVF is a very successful fertility pathway for female couples to participate biologically and emotionally in the conception, pregnancy, and birth of their child. Each partner plays an integral role in the entire family planning process. One partner produces the egg that is fertilized with donor sperm. The other partner is impregnated with the resulting embryo and carries the baby to full term.

Why Reciprocal IVF is Successful

Compared to their straight counterparts, lesbian couples are not typically faced with having to overcome the medical difficulties of a traditional IVF. This success rates of reciprocal IVF are very high.

  • Irregular or no ovulation
  • Endometriosis complications
  • Fallopian tube blockage
  • Uterine cavity damage

How Reciprocal IVF Works

  • Multiple eggs are produced with hormone stimulation medication
  • When mature, the eggs are surgically retrieved in an outpatient procedure
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  • Once collected, the eggs are fertilized with donor sperm in vitro
  • An embryo (or two) is transferred to the other partner who will carry the pregnancy and give birth to a full term baby
  • Extra embryos are cryopreserved for future Frozen Embryo Transfers (FETs) should the couple desire to grow their family – or – in case the first transfer is not successful
  • FETs reduce the need for the couple to undergo the expense and physical demands of multiple IVF egg production and retrieval procedures

Customized Reciprocal IVF Protocols for Lesbian Couples

There is no room for sexual orientation bias in the practice of fertility.

  • No sexual orientation judgments
  • No gender or transgender bias
  • No personal or religious judgments
  • No judgments toward interracial couples
  • No judgments about marital status

The Infertility Doctor’s mission is to consistently and fairly share his medical expertise and compassionate counsel to help the LGBT community plan families of their own.

Reciprocal IVF for Lesbians

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