IVF For Lesbians
At Care, we believe that Family is for Everyone, and we’ve got a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ families.
When you're starting out
- Attend a fertility information event. Care regularly runs virtual information events; our team will present on treatment options and other essential information. If you have questions, you can ask them privately during the event
- Think about what you are looking for in your sperm donor. You can select your donor from the Care sperm bank or we have relationships with other leading sperm banks
- You can also use sperm from someone you know - ‘known donation’. This is typically a longer process than using a sperm donor from a sperm bank as your donor will need to have screening, tests and counselling
- Read stories about real people who have had IVF treatment using donor sperm
- Reviews. We have lots of patient reviews on Facebook, Google and Trustpilot.
- Social media. You can build a picture of what it's like to be a Care patient.
- The Care Forum. Our forum is a great support tool. You can see the questions people are asking, and if you want to, you can reach out to others going through the same journey.
- Research potential costs as funding your treatment will likely be one of your key considerations.
What options do Care have for lesbian couples?
We will advise all our female couples on the best options for their treatment. Our dedicated teams will support you and your partner on your journey to create your family.
If you’re interested in fertility treatment, there are a few things we might suggest:
Using a sperm donor
Whether you have already found your sperm donor or need help with where to start your selection process, Care clinics have dedicated sperm donation teams to ensure you and your partner are guided and supported in this important decision.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
At the most fertile point in your cycle, the donor sperm is concentrated in a centrifuge and a drop of fluid containing the sperm is then passed through the cervix - millions of sperm are released into the uterus. There is no egg collection involved in IUI, meaning that there is no invasive procedure and sedation is not required.
IVF for lesbian couples
Shared motherhood (Intra-partner sharing)
If you choose IVF treatment, one of you can be the egg donor and your partner can receive the embryo and carry the pregnancy– allowing you as a couple to share the experience and journey. Our doctor’s will ensure that both of you are informed of what is involved with this treatment option.
Choosing your donor
Support at Care
Becoming a Care patient
Our patient-centric approach ensures that our teams provide both our intended parents and our sperm donors with dedicated support, clear advice, and the highest quality of care.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to talk to one of our team about your options, there are lots of ways to get started