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IVF For Lesbians

At Care Fertility, we believe that Family is for Everyone, and we’ve got a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ families.

We know that everyone who comes to us for help to have a baby, has individual needs. That’s why, when you have treatment with Care Fertility, we’ll develop a personalised treatment plan which is designed for your own family building goals

Our dedicated teams will support you and your partner on your family building journey, providing treatment like sperm donation, IUI, and IVF. Shared Motherhood, or Reciprocal IVF is now one of the most popular treatment options for lesbian couples because it gives both partners another way to share in the family building experience. One partner provides the eggs, while the other carries the pregnancy. This IVF treatment is available for lesbian couples and trans males.

When you're starting out

Learn all you can about your clinic, the donation team, costs of treatment, selecting a donor, how to prepare and the treatment process. There are many ways you can get the information you need:

  • Attend a fertility information event. Care Fertility 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 Fertility 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 Fertility 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 Fertility 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:

Whether you have already found your sperm donor or need help with where to start your selection process, Care Fertility clinics have dedicated sperm donation teams to ensure you and your partner are guided and supported in this important decision.

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 may be needed or chosen as part of your treatment options for you and/or your partner. This treatment will be discussed with you both by the Care Fertility teams.

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

Choosing the right donor can be a hard decision, but it is arguably one of the most important decisions you will make on your path to parenthood. Our donation and embryology teamsare always available to provide support and guidance that you may require, answering any difficult questions and assist you in finding the right sperm donor for you.

Support with Care Fertility

Fertility treatment can be stressful, and sometimes people need additional support. Counselling is always available. You may also like to reach out to someone going through the same thing as you. On our Care Forum, you can chat with other patients going through a similar journey or just find reassurance that you are not alone.

Our new patient enquiry team is there to answer all your questions when you’re thinking about fertility treatment, and our Carepals teams will guide and support you on your treatment journey.

Becoming a Care Fertility patient

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to talk to one of our team about your options, it’s easy to get started: