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Fertility Options for Same-Sex Female Couples & AFAB Individuals

At Care Fertility, our mission is to make family possible for everyone. We have extensive experience supporting same-sex female couples and individuals assigned female at birth (AFAB) on their path to parenthood. Whether you're exploring options as a couple or individually, we offer compassionate care and expert guidance every step of the way. 

Introduction to LGBTQ+ family building

Starting a family as a same-sex female couple or AFAB individual involves unique considerations and choices. We understand the importance of tailored fertility solutions that respect your identity and relationship dynamics. This page is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive information about fertility treatments, from initial assessments to advanced reproductive technologies. 

How to get pregnant as two females/AFAB

If you were assigned female at birth and wish to conceive, understanding your fertility health is crucial. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know: 

Check your fertility 

Fertility assessment begins with a thorough evaluation of your health and reproductive potential. This includes assessing factors such as: 

Health parameters: Height, weight, BMI, and blood pressure, which can impact fertility. 

Lifestyle factors: Diet, exercise routines, smoking habits, and alcohol consumption. 

Medical history: Any previous pregnancies, surgeries, or medical conditions relevant to fertility. 

Ovulation cycles: Monitoring menstrual cycles and identifying fertile windows. 

Ovarian reserves: Evaluating the quantity and quality of your eggs through tests like AMH (Anti-Müllerian Hormone) and antral follicle count (AFC). 

Understanding these factors helps our fertility specialists create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals. 

Choosing your sperm donor

Selecting a sperm donor is a significant decision that impacts the genetic makeup of your future child. At Care Fertility, we offer a supportive environment where you can explore donor options that align with your preferences. Our donor selection process includes considerations such as: 

Genetic background: Matching desired traits or characteristics important to your family. 

Medical history: Screening for genetic disorders or medical conditions. 

Personal preferences: Ethnicity, education, and personal interests. 

We provide comprehensive profiles of our sperm donors, ensuring transparency and enabling you to make an informed choice that feels right for your family. 

Getting pregnant

Once you've completed fertility testing and selected a sperm donor, our team guides you through various assisted reproductive technologies (ART) to help you achieve pregnancy: 

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): IUI involves placing prepared sperm directly into the uterus during ovulation, optimising the chances of fertilisation. 

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): IVF is a sophisticated fertility treatment where eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory setting. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the uterus for implantation and gestation. 

Egg freezing: Preserving your eggs through cryopreservation allows you to defer parenthood until you're ready or to safeguard fertility before undergoingmedical treatments that may impact fertility. 

These options empower you to choose the path that best suits your family-building goals, whether it involves starting a family now or planning for the future. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options with our team, it’s easy to get started: 

Fertility treatments for same-sex female couples

Explore the range of fertility treatments available at Care Fertility to support your journey to parenthood: 

Egg freezing: Egg freezing offers flexibility by preserving your fertility potential. This option is ideal for individuals or couples who wish to postpone parenthood for personal or medical reasons. 

IUI treatment: Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a non-invasive procedure where prepared sperm is placed directly into the uterus during ovulation, increasing the likelihood of conception. 

IVF treatments: In vitro fertilisation (IVF) involves fertilising eggs with sperm outside the body. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the uterus to achieve pregnancy. IVF is a versatile option for overcoming various fertility challenges. 

Sperm donors: Care Fertility provides access to a diverse selection of sperm donors, ensuring you find the donor who meets your criteria for genetic background, medical history, and personal preferences. 

Shared motherhood: Shared motherhood allows both partners in a same-sex female couple to participate actively in the pregnancy journey. One partner provides the egg, which is fertilised and transferred to the other partner's uterus for gestation. 

Fertility testing: Comprehensive fertility testing at Care Fertility includes assessing ovarian reserves, hormone levels, and other factors critical to planning your treatment. 

For same-sex female couples and AFAB individuals considering fertility treatment, Care Fertility offers a supportive environment where you can explore your options and make informed decisions. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options with our team, it’s easy to get started: 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we offer a selection process to help you find the right sperm donor for your family.

We provide compassionate support, personalised treatment plans, and access to resources to navigate your fertility journey with confidence.

Yes, at Care Fertility, we are committed to providing inclusive care for all individuals and couples, including those who are trans and non-binary. Our experienced team offers personalised fertility treatments and support tailored to respect your unique identity and needs throughout your journey to parenthood.

Choosing the right fertility treatment depends on several factors, including medical history, fertility assessment results, and personal preferences. Our experienced fertility specialists are here to guide you through this decision-making process, ensuring you receive personalised care aligned with your goals – get in touch to book a consultation.

Legal Considerations for LGBTQ+ Families

It is important for LGBTQ+ couples and individuals understand the legal aspects of their treatment. In particular, surrogacy agreements are not enforceable in law and the surrogate and spouse or civil partner (if there is one) will be the legal parent of a child until a parental order is granted. At Care Fertility we will only provide treatment where we are assured that the intended parents will – subject to the surrogate’s consent – be able to get a parental order.  

For same-sex couples who are considering shared motherhood, there may be questions around adoption, to ensure that both parents are legally acknowledged. 

Surrogacy and adoption are particularly complex areas of family law and while we cannot recommend legal advisers, we have listed below a number of advisers who we believe have the relevant experience. There is no obligation for you to seek advice from any of these firms of course. 
Laytons LLP  
NGA Law  
Makin Dixon  
JMW Solicitors 
Family Law Group  

Ready to begin your journey to parenthood?

Take the first step on the path to parenthood by booking a consultation with one of our fertility experts. 

Transparency in our language

"In our content, we use terms like 'same-sex male couples,' 'AMAB individuals,' 'sperm donor', and ‘egg donor’ to be inclusive of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. We are committed to respecting and acknowledging the diversity within our community. If there are alternative terms you prefer or feel more comfortable with, please let us know."