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The team at Long Island IVF strives to provide all couples with the support, technology, and individualized medical care needed to start a family. A successful pregnancy for lesbian couples depends on many factors such as the health and fertility of a woman’s eggs, donor sperm, and the partner who will carry the pregnancy. As a first step, we recommend scheduling a baseline fertility evaluation with a reproductive endocrinologist to determine if there are any medical issues that could impact you or your partner’s fertility. This evaluation could also be the deciding factor for who carries the pregnancy.

The following are steps and treatment options that lesbian couples can take to achieve pregnancy:

Step 1: Schedule a baseline fertility evaluation with a reproductive endocrinologist to rule out any medical issues that could impact your pregnancy.

Step 2: Selection of donor sperm. After reviewing the profiles of our pre-screened sperm donors, frozen specimens are shipped to the reproductive lab in order to be thawed and utilized when needed for conception.

Treatment Options

Based on the results of your fertility evaluation, our expert reproductive endocrinologists will guide you through a plan tailored for your needs. Below are treatment options that may be recommended to you:

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination is typically the primary method of conception for women who do not experience fertility challenges. Prior to and during ovulation, when the woman is most fertile, donor sperm is placed directly into the uterus. The woman has the option of choosing a natural cycle without added hormones or a medicated cycle in which oral or injectable hormones are added. A medicated cycle generally increases the likelihood for pregnancy.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In IVF, the woman whose eggs are being used to create the baby will receive hormonal injections, bloodwork and ultrasound monitoring over a period of time to produce multiple eggs. When the time is right, the eggs are retrieved by the endocrinologist and combined with the donor sperm. If fertilization occurs, one or two embryos will be transferred back into the women’s uterus for implantation and pregnancy.

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF is an exciting process that allows both partners to be involved in the conception of their baby. The eggs from one partner are inseminated with donor sperm. The resulting embryo(s) are transferred into the other partner who would then carry the pregnancy and give birth. This way, one partner is the genetic mother and the other partner can carry the baby.

Egg Donor or Gestational Carrier

Sometimes, due to issues with the woman’s uterus, egg quality, or other medical issue, an egg donor or gestational carrier is needed. A gestational carrier is a woman who agrees to have embryo(s) created by the intended parents transferred to her uterus so that she can carry the pregnancy for the intended parents.

About Long Island IVF

We understand that you’re looking for knowledgeable fertility specialists who will embrace your individuality and guide you through your journey to become parents. We are proud to have over 30 years of experience providing patients with a wide range of safe, advanced infertility technologies and treatments—personalized for your needs by our expert team of reproductive endocrinologists. Our centers meet the highest national standards for clinical fertility services and are conveniently located with ample parking. To accommodate your schedule, many of our of centers are open for early morning and late evening appointments. Learn more about Long Island IVF.

Our Donor Programs

Long Island IVF offers a suite of advanced donor programs to help our patients with their donor egg/sperm or egg donor needs. To learn more about our donor program, please contact Vicky Loveland at (631)768-8798 or victorial@longislandivf.com.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you are interested in more information about how Long Island IVF can help you start your family, please call us at (877) 838-BABY or schedule a complimentary consultation.