At Reproductive Specialists of New York (RSofNY), we are committed to helping every couple achieve the family they have dreamt of building. Sexual orientation or identity will always be welcome in the advancement of fertility science at RSofNY. Most same sex couples are surprised at the variety of options available to them, especially when working with a leading reproductive specialist team committed to inclusivity. There is unconditional love that flows from a parent to a child. Every family is unique and beautiful in its own way, and we are proud of the families we have helped build here at RSofNY. This is why we are proud to help the LGBTQ community with their fertility treatment options in a transparent and unbiased way.
Lesbian couples in New York have several options when it comes to having a baby. Below, we will go through some of the common options to help you determine what method is best for planning your family. Remember, it is most important to make an appointment with RSofNY to be guided through the process with expert care.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is also known as artificial insemination. This is a type of fertility treatment in which donor sperm is placed in the uterus up towards the fallopian tubes, encouraging greater chances of the woman becoming pregnant. IUI is a great option for lesbian couples in which one of the partners has a healthy uterus and eggs. It is important to note that the partner carrying the baby will be the one to have both a genetic link to the child as well as a gestational link when the IUI method is utilized.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a popular fertility treatment that has allowed an incredible amount of women to have children, many of whom suffer with infertility. Partner IVF is a popular option for lesbian couples who are ready to have children because it can allow for both women to have a “link” to the child — genetic or gestational.
The process begins with one partner going through IVF. This will involve hormone shots that encourage the production of as many eggs as healthily possible for collection. The collection is a minimally invasive procedure in which the eggs are extracted from the ovaries. For lesbian couples, the eggs are then fertilized outside of the body by donor sperm, producing healthy embryos. The healthiest embryos are then transferred to the uterus with the goal of achieving a healthy pregnancy.
For both women to have a link to the child, it is common for one women’s eggs to be extracted during IVF and then to have the other woman (the non-egg donor) receive the embryo placement. This allows one partner to carry a genetic link to the child while the other partner carries the gestational link to the child. For couples where both partners desire a “link” to the child, partner IVF is an excellent option, which is also known as Reciprocal IVF or ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from Partner).
Options for Lesbian Couples Building a Family
In addition to the above options, there are a ton of other combinations of fertility treatments available to lesbian couples. When speaking with a fertility specialist, you and your partner will be able to go through all of the options available to you to determine the best route. The options available to each couple will differ depending on age, egg quality, the health of the uterus, and overall health of both partners.
- Partner egg and other partner carrying the pregnancy with donated sperm, also known as Reciprocal IVF or ROPA (Reception of Oocytes from Partner).
- Partner egg and donated sperm into surrogate.
- Donated egg and sperm into one or both partner(s).
- Donated embryo (fertilized eggs) into one or both partner(s).
- Donated egg and sperm into a surrogate.