A Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Family Planning
Adoption is a wonderful option for same-sex couples who want to build their families, but it isn’t the only choice. Fertility clinics have many treatment options for hopeful LGBTQ+ parents. These procedures allow same-sex parents to experience the joys of pregnancy and childbirth.
The Centre for Reproductive Medicine assists many lesbian couples in Lubbock, TX. Below are the most common family planning options for lesbian couples. We can discuss these procedures in more detail during the consultation process.
Selecting a sperm donor is an essential step in the family-building process for same-sex female couples. Some women select sperm from a list of donors, while others prefer to use sperm from a family member or friend. Each sperm donation option has advantages and disadvantages that we can discuss during a consultation.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves the fertilization of a woman’s eggs in a lab setting. Fertility drugs are used to stimulate the ovaries to develop multiple eggs. The doctor removes viable eggs and fertilizes them using donor sperm. After a few days, the embryos are transferred to one of the mothers in hopes of a healthy pregnancy.
We can determine which mother would be more ideal to carry the pregnancy to term based on their medical history.
Reciprocal IVF, sometimes called co-maternity, allows both women to participate in the pregnancy. One woman supplies her eggs, while the other woman carries her partner’s fertilized egg to term. Many lesbian couples decide on co-maternity because both partners contribute to the conception and birth of the couple’s child.
There is also double reciprocal IVF to consider. Also known as dual reciprocal IVF, this process involves both women carrying their partner’s fertilized egg simultaneously. This allows both women to experience pregnancy and childbirth together.
For innumerable reasons, a woman may not be able to carry a pregnancy to term. This is particularly important to note if a woman has a history of recurrent miscarriage, or an increased risk of pregnancy loss. Gestational surrogacy allows women struggling with fertility to grow their families.
A gestational surrogate is a third woman who agrees to carry an embryo to term on the behalf of another couple. The process involves an IVF procedure, but with the embryo transferred to the gestational carrier rather than one of the mothers. This improves the chances of successful pregnancy and live birth, and still allows the mothers to have a biological connection to their child. Our Lubbock fertility center can help you find and select a suitable surrogate.
Artificial insemination is when a doctor fertilizes a woman’s egg with sperm in a clinical setting. This is an alternative to IVF that is more affordable. However, the success rate of intrauterine insemination (IUI) is not as high as that of IVF.
Some lesbian couples need both donor eggs and sperm to conceive. In these cases, both women may not be able to produce viable eggs. Donor eggs come from healthy women who want to help others experience the joys of parenthood. A lesbian couple can select from a list of egg donors, or they can choose a friend or family member with viable eggs.
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Lesbian couples in Lubbock can plan their future family in a space that is inclusive, supportive, and attentive to their needs. Schedule an appointment at our fertility clinic online or call our office at (806) 788-1212.