Same Sex Couples
Family planning guidance, treatment and
support for lesbian couples and single women
You will be offered support from our counselling team prior to any treatment to help you understand the emotional and legal issues in order that you are completely comfortable and confident with your decision to proceed.
Using Donor Sperm
Our laboratory team will help you find a suitable donor from our collaborating European and UK sperm donor banks. The matching of donors can be done with your specific requirements. All donors are rigorously screened to make sure they do not have any serious genetic diseases minimising the risk to any child you conceive.
If suitable we would always start with the mildest approach to treatment such as Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) using donor sperm. A series of investigations may be requested by our consultant to assess your suitability for this treatment. The procedure involves placing donor sperm closer to the egg at the time of ovulation in the hope it is fertilised.
In some cases IVF (using donor sperm) may be more appropriate and offers a higher chance of pregnancy compared to IUI. This involves taking medication to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs, retrieving your eggs and fertilising them in our laboratory with semen from your donor. Any resulting embryos are then transferred into your uterus to continue development as a normal pregnancy or frozen for future use.
If you are in a lesbian relationship and wish one partner to donate her eggs and the other partner to carry the pregnancy, egg sharing is an option that provides both partners with the intimate experience of a shared maternal role when starting a family.
sperm injection (ICSI)
Similar to IVF using donor sperm, ICSI enables us to select and inject one single sperm of the best quality directly into an egg to aide fertilization before transfer to your uterus.
This is a fertility check-up for individuals and couples, helping them understand their individual fertility which can be beneficial if you’re looking to start a family but don’t know how fertile you are or whether there are any problems which can be diagnosed and treated. This check-up includes a blood test for the Anti Mullerian Hormone (AMH) combined with a pelvic scan.
Egg freezing is provided at IVF London as a means of helping you to preserve your fertility at an optimum time for use in future treatment. You may wish to freeze your eggs for medical reasons or for social reasons (a desire to delay childbearing due to career reasons). If freezing for social reasons it is advisable to freeze your eggs whilst you are younger in age as the quality of the eggs deteriorates with advanced age notably after 38 years.