IVF for same sex couples and single women

Same sex couple

We understand family

With over twenty years' experience in helping same sex couples, we offer empathy, support and understanding.

If you're in a same sex relationship and looking to start your family, we offer different treatment options to suit your individual needs.

Individual treatment plans

Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs. However, to give you an idea of what your plans might involve, treatment for female couples will generally include either IUI, or IVF with donor sperm. You may also decide that one of you would like to share your eggs. For male same sex couples we offer Surrogacy.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm

This is carefully timed for when you ovulate, and helps prepared sperm find an egg inside the female body, For more information about IUI, please click here.

Same sex couple

IVF with donor sperm

This involves collecting your eggs and fertilising them with donor sperm. For more information about IVF with donor sperm, please click here.

Egg Sharing

Egg sharing is when one woman shares her eggs with another woman who needs donor eggs. Female couples can include egg sharing as part of their treatment, this not only helps fund your treatment but also helps another woman who can't use her own eggs to have a baby. If you decide to share your eggs you will receive a substantial reduction on the cost of your IVF. Egg sharers receive their treatment free of charge at our London clinic

Egg sharers go through a standard IVF treatment. However, there are extra blood tests to screen for disorders such as Cystic Fibrosis. When you reach the stage of egg collection, your eggs are shared equally between you and the woman you are helping


Surrogacy is the process where we create an embryo for one family (known as the intended parents) and replace it back inside another woman (known as a surrogate) for a pregnancy to develop. The surrogate will carry the pregnancy and give birth to the baby for the couple who wish to have a child.

Surrogacy has become a popular treatment with same sex couples who want to have a child.

There are a number of different elements which have to be considered including:

We will give you help and support at each stage of your treatment journey. We do advise you to have counselling and obtain legal advice before proceeding with treatment.

Support and Counselling

Our promise to you is that we will do everything we can to make your journey through treatment as smooth as possible and our counselling support is key to this. Our counsellors will discuss all aspects of treatment with you and provide support during your fertility treatment.

The next step

Whichever part of our Donation Programme is of interest to you, you can be assured that our team will manage your needs with care, sensitivity and professionalism at all times.

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1978 - World's first IVF baby

1981 - First male factor patient treated

1982 - World's first baby delivered after intrauterine sperm/egg transfer

1984 - World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1990 - World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992 - Britain's first SUZI treatment baby

1992 - Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby

1996 - World's first testicular spermatid baby

2007 - Europe's first baby born following embryo screening using Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH)

2009 - Birth of World's First baby following array CGH screening

2010 - UK's first baby born through PGD for HLA tissue matching

2010 - Blastocyst Chromosome Screening - UK's first baby born

2010 - First multi-factorial genetic chromosome tissue typing and translocation analysis of embryos in an IVF cycle

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2011 - First UK pregnancy following use of an Embryoscope

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