2017 exhibitor at the My Future Family Show, Complete Fertility share a small amount of their wealth of knowledge around donor insemination for lesbian women.
An increase in donor insemination for lesbians
The UK’s fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), published in its annual report on statistics and trends in UK fertility treatment that the number of treatment cycles using donated sperm (both IVF and DI) for lesbian women has increased by around 20% between 2013 and 2014. This increase has been similar year on year for the past ten years and can largely be attributable to changes in the law and access to NHS fertility treatment for same sex ladies wanting to try for a baby.
The rise in donor insemination is mirrored here at Complete Fertility Centre Southampton. We are proud of our reputation as a fertility centre for lesbian women who want a family of their own.
Donor insemination for lesbians – your options
This is where donated sperm is used to inseminate a woman in a same sex relationship.
Donor insemination can be performed at home using sperm from a friend or an anonymous donor, or at a fertility clinic using an anonymous donor. Sperm at a licensed fertility clinic is screened to ensure it’s free from sexually transmitted infections and certain genetic disorders. Fertility clinics also offer support, counselling and legal information for trying to conceive using donor sperm.
If you choose to go to a fertility centre you have a number of options available to you to help you conceive. These include:
Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) with donor sperm
IUI helps a woman to conceive by placing specially prepared sperm directly into her womb at the time when eggs are being released.
This is commonly the preferred fertility treatment for same sex ladies as often there is no other reason for requiring fertility treatment apart from the need for sperm insemination. It is less invasive and less costly than IVF.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) with donor sperm
IVF involves removing a woman’s eggs from her ovaries and fertilising them with sperm in a laboratory dish and then putting them back in her womb.
IVF with donor eggs
Quality donor eggs from a partner or anonymous donor are used in IVF treatment. If the eggs of both partners are low quality then donor eggs from an anonymous donor may be required.
Egg sharing in same sex women allows both partners to be involved in the creation of their baby. One partner donates half of her eggs to her partner so that her partner can carry the baby. It may be that one partner’s eggs have a better chance of conception and they may choose to use these. Donated sperm is required to fertilise the eggs.
The other half of her eggs are given to an anonymous recipient who is unable to produce good quality eggs of her own and needs donated eggs to have a chance of conceiving a baby.
In addition to egg sharing being a positive and generous act, it also offers financial benefits with reduced IVF fees.
Partner to partner sharing
This involves a same sex woman donating all of her eggs to her partner so that her partner can have the chance of becoming pregnant. This will require the use of donated sperm too.
One partner may have better quality eggs and by donating her eggs, both partners are actively involved in conceiving their baby.
Complete Fertility Centre Southampton for all your donor insemination needs
Here at Complete Fertility Centre Southampton we offer a full range of donor insemination options for same sex ladies including: IUI with donor sperm, egg sharing with donor sperm, IVF with donor sperm and, IVF with donor eggs. You can discuss this in detail with your fertility specialist and dedicated counsellor before making a final decision.
We also offer fertility check-ups to provide you with a comprehensive picture of you and your partner’s fertility health and may support your family planning and fertility treatment options,
Same sex women may be eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS if they are demonstrably sub-fertile. Complete Fertility Centre offers both NHS and private fertility care.
For private patients, here at Complete Fertility Centre we have an inclusive IUI package at £1000 and, donor sperm starting at £800 if required.
We offer two popular egg sharing packages that have been specifically developed for same sex women and are inclusive of all consultations, screening tests, scans and drugs required, counselling, the attempted fertilisation of at least 4 eggs, embryo transfer to your partner and a pregnancy scan or follow up consultation within 3 months. The cost for our complete S3 egg sharing package is £2000 and our affordable, basic S4 egg sharing package is just £1000. Both have an additional fee of £300 for donor sperm if required.
A female only single fertility check up is £320 and fertility check up for both women in a same sex partnership is £500.