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Fertility Treatments for Same Sex Couples

Here at Reproductive Health Group, we believe that every person should have the opportunity to conceive a child, regardless of whether or not they are in a relationship.

That’s why we believe in providing a range of treatment options that can help singles, or people in same sex relationships, to achieve their pregnancy goals.

What are the treatment options?

There are several treatment options that we have available for singles and same sex couples which will suit the current situation of many individuals.

Sperm Donation

Donor sperm is incredibly useful in situations where a little assistance may be needed to achieve pregnancy. This donated sperm can either be frozen, or produced and prepared in our specialist laboratory on the day of treatment.

We can help single women to reach their pregnancy goal, by using a sperm donation. This donation can be given from either an anonymous or known eligible male.

This donation will be paired with our excellent intrauterine insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatments, meaning that the woman can easily achieve pregnancy without a partner.

A sperm donor for gay couples is also a great option, as it allows women in same-sex relationships to conceive a child that is partly genetically connected to them. This sperm can either be used in IUI treatment or IVF, to accomplish a successful pregnancy.

Gay men can also receive help from a sperm donation, paired with other treatments. This may help the couple to achieve if neither partner is producing eligible sperm, or would simply rather not use their own.

Reciprocal IVF (partners’ eggs)

Reciprocal IVF is a perfect option for two women in a same sex relationship, who wish to both play a part in the conception of their baby.

This process involves fertilizing the egg of one of the partners using donor sperm, and transferring the embryo to the second partner. Using this method will mean that both women are involved in the birth of the child.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy can be used to help conceive in several situations.

It is incredibly useful for helping two men to start a family, as it allows for same sex pregnancy to take place.

Surrogacy can also be used to help a single woman who may be unable to conceive or carry a child herself for any reason. We can also help women in same sex relationships to achieve a family this way, if necessary.

One of the men in a same sex partnership can donate their sperm to fertilize an egg, whether this be the surrogate’s egg, or one donated from another woman. We will then place the fertilized egg inside the surrogate and she will carry it for the couple.

Get in touch

If you have a question about any of our services, please call us on 01925 202180 or contact us below.

Fertility Counselling for Same Sex Couples

Considering fertility treatment can be difficult for any family, but the road can be even tougher for LGBTQ families.  The good news is, that now, more than ever before, there are more options available for these couples who are ready to grow their families.  Seeking fertility treatment in private clinics is becoming increasingly common for same sex couples and there are a myriad of therapies, like counselling, that can support you on your journey.

For same sex couples who are looking to have a biological connection to their children there are three options, which are intra-uterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), or surrogacy. Typically, IUI is the main treatment used for female couples looking to start their family; and IVF can also be used if the couples is experiencing fertility issues.  For male couples, surrogacy is the main treatment used and within that treatment they can chose between gestational or traditional surrogacy.

However, there are many emotional implications associated with these treatments and counselling can be useful to explore the challenges that same sex couples might face as they are growing their family.  In the beginning of the journey we can discuss if donor conception the right choice for you, the implications of using donor gametes and the intricacies of what it means for a same sex couple to start a family in a world where bias and prejudice still exists.  We can talk about how your friends and family might react, and how this might affect those relationships.  We can discuss what all this means for you as a couple, how it might affect your future children and how, as a family, you can prepare for this.    As your counsellor I want to ensure you have the right support throughout your journey because the most important aspect of fertility counselling is that you feel supported throughout the entire process.  I endeavour to create a warm, safe, affirming and non-judgemental space to discuss anything that may for you during your fertility journey. 

Our counselling service is provided by BICA accredited counsellor, Jamie Forster, one of our Patient Support Partners.

If you want to learn more about any of the options available to achieve a single person or same sex pregnancy, then feel free to contact our team of specialists. We are more than happy to discuss these options and find your ideal treatment.

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