Lesbian Fertility Treatment Options

How Can Lesbian Couples Become Pregnant?

Fertility Finders works hard to provide members of the LGBTQIA+ community as many resources as we can to help everyone have their own miracle baby. Through connecting people to LGBTQ fertility clinics, doctors specializing in LGBTQ fertility, or fertility financing and mental health services, we aim to offer you only the highest quality fertility care available. 

There are numerous lesbian fertility treatment options that can help couples or individuals create a biological family of their own. Thankfully, if there are no infertility health concerns, most lesbian fertility options are relatively straightforward. 

We aim to provide the resources and information about fertility treatments that couples may need to build their future family. That’s why we’ve outlined the top three fertility options for lesbian couples or individuals who are trying to build their own biological family.

IUI Options for Lesbians

The most popular and lowest infertility treatment costs for lesbians seeking fertility treatments is IUI (or intrauterine insemination).  IUI is a simple, in-office procedure that has very high success rates if no underlying fertility concerns cause complications with the procedure’s success. 

Lesbians seeking IUI will first consult with their LGBTQ fertility specialist doctor to decide if IUI is the best course for building their family. Once their doctor works with them to formulate an appropriate treatment plan, a lesbian couple will then choose which one of them will carry their child to term. After this choice is made, a couple or individual will then decide between several sperm donor options. 

They can choose between using a sperm donor from a sperm bank or clinic donation program, or they can use a known donor. 

Utilizing donor sperm through a clinic or sperm bank allows a lesbian couple or individual to decide between many different donors and access their family and health history, as well as choose the level of communication (or lack thereof) that they would like their future child to have with the sperm donor. 

Using sperm from a known donor may be preferred for a lesbian couple or individual who would like to have a deeper personal connection with their sperm donor. It is recommended that lesbian couples or individuals using a known donor consult with a lawyer specializing in LGBTQ family law, as legal protections for parents who use donor eggs or sperm may vary from state to state. 

Once a sperm donation method is decided, your fertility specialist doctor will schedule your IUI procedure to be performed during peak ovulation. This provides the best possible chance that the procedure will be a success, as peak ovulation is the most likely time that a mature egg is ready for fertilization. 

The procedure itself is quick and only causes mild discomfort, with most patients spending only a few hours in the office. They are usually able to continue their normal daily routines within an hour or so of IUI being completed. 

When your IUI procedure occurs your fertility specialist doctor will guide a very small catheter into the cervix and up through the uterus. Next, your doctor will push the donor sperm gently through the catheter and into the uterus, placing it as close as they can to where an egg may be waiting to be fertilized. 

This gives sperm an extra boost to the fertilization process, cutting down on barriers that might make it difficult for conception and increasing the probability of IUI success rates. The cost of IUI as a lesbian fertility treatment is relatively low compared to other fertility treatment options. Some infertility insurance providers may even help supplement the cost of your IUI treatment.

IVF Treatment For Lesbians

For lesbian couples who do not find success with IUI treatments, or who are struggling with female infertility, the next lesbian fertility treatment option available is In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF. Couples who choose to pursue IVF have the highest probability of successfully becoming pregnant. 

IVF utilizes the most current innovations in scientific technology to give the natural conception process a bit of help. This fertility procedure has helped millions of people worldwide struggling with infertility to build a biological family of their own. 

The IVF process begins by your fertility doctor collecting eggs from the uterus of the person in a lesbian couple who would like to provide the biological “building blocks” for their baby. After these eggs have been collected they can either be frozen for an IVF procedure at a later time, or fertilized in the lab using donor sperm that you have chosen. 

The fertilized eggs then are delicately nurtured while they grow into strong embryos. Once they have matured enough, the embryos are checked for genetic defects and overall health, making sure that they’re strong enough to survive the transfer procedure. Checking for genetic defects gives the highest likelihood of a successful IVF procedure as well as decreases the chance of miscarriage once a pregnancy has been confirmed. Once the time comes for the embryos to be reimplanted into the uterus, a lesbian couple has two fertility treatment options. 

They can decide between traditional IVF and reciprocal IVF. Traditional IVF places an embryo back into the uterus of the person the egg was originally collected from. Reciprocal IVF places the embryo into the uterus of the partner that did not have their eggs collected. 

Reciprocal IVF is an appealing lesbian fertility treatment option for couples who wish for both partners to be biologically involved in building their family. Since one partner provides the egg, and the other partner carries their baby to term, both are able to physically contribute to the start of their child’s bright new life.

Gestational Carriers for Lesbian Parents

While lesbian fertility treatments like IUI and IVF often provide successful results, there are rare cases where extra measures are needed for a lesbian couple to have a biological child of their own. 

This can be due to advanced cases of infertility in both partners, age, or other unforeseen conditions that prevent pregnancy in a lesbian partnership. 

If neither person is able to carry their baby to term they have the option of building their family by using a gestational carrier, also known as a surrogate. 

Utilizing a gestational carrier has the most steps out of all the lesbian fertility treatment options. This is due to one partner’s eggs and donor sperm needing to be collected, as well as going through IVF and finding the right gestational carrier. 

When a lesbian couple chooses to use a gestational carrier to build their family, they first decide whose eggs their doctor will collect to use for IVF. Once their eggs have been collected their fertility clinic will store them safely in a specialized freezer until the couple and gestational carrier are ready to begin the IVF process.

Serving the LGBTQ Community

Fertility Finders proudly offers many LGBTQ fertility treatment resources and options to those looking for fertility care. 

We help those in the LGBTQ community gain the knowledge and access resources that fit their unique needs. Whether it be finding the right LGBTQ fertility clinic, accessing IVF grants and fertility financing options, or learning more about LGBTW fertility treatments that are available in your area, we are here to give you everything you need to build the family of your dreams. 

If you are are interested in which LGBTQIA+ treatment options could fit your individual fertility case, or you are in need of lesbian fertility treatment guidance, you can contact us and our compassionate team to learn about how we can get you the best care available, and help you begin your journey to building the family of your dreams.