At GENESIS Fertility in New York, we take great pride in treating every patient with respect and compassion. We are particularly sensitive to the special needs of lesbian and LGBT patients, both those with partners wishing to build families together and those wishing to be single mothers. We also have extensive experience working with single women who wish to become mothers. Lesbian couples and single gay women have many available fertility options.
Our donor sperm and donor egg programs are well established and include immediate availability of donors as well as on-site availability of counseling services. Consultants are also available at GENESIS for those wishing to complement their care with holistic and alternative medical approaches. For those with special circumstances, we also provide referral and work with specialists in reproductive law.
Fertility Options for Lesbian Couples
Donor sperm can be used for IUI or intrauterine insemination. IUI is timed to a woman’s ovulation. In this procedure, donor sperm is placed near the top of the uterus. Women can choose to use sperm from an anonymous donor or from a known sperm donor. Sperm from a known donor must first undergo a six month quarantine before it can be safely used for IUI.
In certain situations, same-sex female couples may elect for one partner to provide an egg and the other partner to carry the pregnancy. The partner providing the egg would take fertility medications and undergo a procedure called an egg retrieval. The eggs are then fertilized with a sperm from a sperm donor and a few days later an embryo or embryos is transferred into the uterus of the partner electing to carry the pregnancy. Couples may elect this route for various reasons including medical conditions which would prevent one from carrying a pregnancy or diminished fertility. In these situations, this fertility treatment may allow both partners to have a special connection to the child.
With multiple fertility centers in the NYC area, GENESIS serves lesbian and LGBT fertility patients from Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Long Island, New York. If you have any questions about your financial options for affording fertility treatment, please contact us at 718-283-8600.
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