Donor Sperm IVF for Lesbian Couples

Donor sperm IVF for lesbian couples can make motherhood possible

Everyone should have the tools they need to start or grow their family. That’s why our LGBTQ-friendly Southern California fertility center offers donor sperm IVF for lesbian couples. This type of in vitro fertilization uses donor sperm to make pregnancy possible.

What can you expect from the process?

When undergoing donor sperm IVF for lesbian couples, women have a choice. They can do traditional IVF, where one woman provides her eggs and carries the pregnancy. Or they can choose reciprocal IVF, which gives each partner a chance to be an active part of the pregnancy. In this case, one woman provides the eggs, and the other woman carries the baby.

Regardless of which IVF option you select, you can expect your cycle to involve the same basic steps.

  • Ovarian stimulation requires the woman providing the eggs to take injectable medications to stimulate egg production.
  • Monitoring involves the same woman undergoing ultrasounds and blood tests to determine when her eggs are mature.
  • Egg retrieval requires Dr. Anderson or Dr. Royster to retrieve the mature eggs.
  • Fertilization occurs when we use donor sperm to fertilize the eggs in the laboratory to create an embryo.
  • Embryo transfer occurs when the doctor transfers an embryo to the uterus of the woman who will carry the baby.

When you come in for a consultation, our team will answer any questions you have about this process. We also offer other lesbian fertility options.

Selecting a donor for donor sperm IVF for lesbian couples

When undergoing donor sperm IVF at our Southern California fertility center, you can get sperm a few different ways.

You can ask someone you know, such as a close friend or a family member, to donate their sperm. If you choose this path, it’s important to iron out any parenting decisions and legalities ahead of time. For example, would he have any parenting rights or visitation rights with the child? Additionally, would he be comfortable providing a full health history and having his sperm tested for various diseases? These are just a few of the questions to ask when considering a known sperm donor.

The other choice is to use an anonymous sperm donor from a sperm bank. The sperm bank you choose provides everything you need to know about the donor, and the sperm is ready to use. If you’re interested in this option, we can provide the names of reputable sperm banks we have worked with, or you can use a different one.

It’s never been easier to start a family. Contact us today to learn more about donor sperm IVF for lesbian couples at our LGBTQ-friendly Southern California fertility center.