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 LGBTQ 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 patients who wish to become parents. 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 referrals 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.
This allows both partners in a same-sex female relationship to be active participants in the reproductive process. One partner provides an egg and the other partner carries 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 choose 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 allows both partners to have a special connection to the child.
With multiple fertility centers in the NYC area, GENESIS serves lesbian and LGBTQ 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-GENESIS (718-436-3747).
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