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25/06/2024 - 4 min read

Our commitment to inclusivity and equality for the LGBTQ+ community

Care Team

At Care Fertility, we are dedicated to making family possible for everybody. We understand the unique challenges that LGBTQ+ patients face in their fertility journey and are committed to providing the support and care needed to navigate these obstacles.

Our commitment to inclusivity and equality for the LGBTQ+ community  

In 2024, queer people in the UK still don’t have equal access to IVF. Compared to their cis-het counterparts, queer couples face additional barriers to having a family. This is because queer couples must ‘prove’ infertility by self-funding rounds of artificial insemination before accessing IVF via the NHS. As a result, in some areas of the UK, LGBTQ+ couples may have to pay up to £25,000 before receiving state-funded fertility support. 

With the 2022 Women's Health Strategy for England, NHS England vowed to remove these barriers. However, in practice, only four of the 42 Integrated Care Bodies (ICBs) responsible for planning health services in local areas have made this change as of April 2024. This means that equitable access to IVF for queer couples is still a ‘postcode lottery’ in many areas of the UK. 

Without NHS support, LGBTQ+ individuals often to seek private healthcare options, which can be daunting. The cost, coupled with the emotional stress of navigating private fertility services, can be overwhelming. However, at Care Fertility we provide tailored fertility packages, to help mitigate the financial burden, and making fertility treatments more accessible and manageable for queer couples wishing to start a family. 

How Care Fertility supports LGBTQ+ patients 

Comprehensive Fertility Services 
We offer a wide range of fertility treatments tailored to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ+ patients. Whether you are a same-sex couple, a transgender individual, or a single person looking to start a family, our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way. Our services include: 

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): A less invasive and more affordable option that can be a first step before considering IVF. 

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): For those who need more advanced assistance, we provide state-of-the-art IVF treatments. 

Egg and Sperm Donation: We have a comprehensive donor program to assist with your family-building needs. 

Surrogacy Support: For those who require surrogacy, we offer full support and guidance through the process. 

Personalised care plans 
We believe that success in your fertility journey begins with understanding your unique needs. At our renowned fertility clinics, we prioritise your emotional well-being and medical requirements above all else. Our personalised care plans are designed to address the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ patients, ensuring you receive the best possible care. 

Creating a safe and inclusive environment 
We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our patients. Our staff are trained to understand the unique concerns and experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, ensuring that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your journey with us. We never pass judgment, and we are here to listen and provide compassionate care. 

How to fund treatment 
Understanding the financial side of fertility treatment is important for anyone looking to start a family. At Care Fertility, the UK's most trusted fertility provider, we’re upfront about treatment costs and offer various financing options to help manage expenses. We create tailored fertility packages to meet each patient's specific needs, making sure treatment is personalised and comprehensive. 

Our Access Fertility programmes offer discounted multi-cycle plans, which can really cut down the overall cost of treatment. For those concerned about upfront costs, Access Fertility also offer 'buy now, pay later' options, allowing patients to spread the costs over time. 

Real stories from LGBTQ+ families 
At Care Fertility, we celebrate the diverse families we help create. Here are some stories from our LGBTQ+ patients: 

Luke and Jacob's Journey: Luke and Jacob, a same-sex couple, share their experience with our egg donation and surrogacy program, highlighting the support they received at every step. 

Lydia and Jenna’s Story: Lydia and Jenna chose shared motherhood after traditional IVF failed with Jenna’s eggs, and Lydia was unable to carry a child due to a medical condition. Lydia provided the eggs, and Jenna carried their beautiful baby girls. 

Your Journey with Care Fertility 
We are committed to supporting you in your fertility journey, no matter your background or circumstances. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our services, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today. Let's make family possible for everybody. 

For more information on our services and to book a consultation, click here. 

At Care Fertility, we support and guide you every step of the way. Let's make your dream of starting a family a reality.