The process can be relatively simple, with the insemination of donor sperm into the partner whom you may decide will be the genetic and birth mother. Alternatively, you may consider shared motherhood, whereby one partner will donate her eggs to the other who will carry the pregnancy. This way you can both enjoy the experience of having a genetic and birth connection with the child.
How can we help?
Book a consultation to meet with one of our Aria consultants.
At your first visit you will have a consultation with one of our medical consultants who will review your general health, medical history, including any relevant gynaecological details and discuss any previous test results, pregnancies or fertility treatment cycles. If you have a partner and you are both considering having treatment then it is very important that you inform us you would like to have a shared motherhood consultation.
During the consultation the doctor may make some recommendations regarding any further tests which are relevant based on the information you have provided about your medical history. Once we have a clear understanding of your reproductive health, we will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment options.
Choosing the right donor can be a hard decision, a very time-consuming process but one of the most important decisions you will make as a family. The embryology and counselling team at Aria are always available to provide support and guidance that you may require, answering any difficult questions and assist you in finding a sperm donor.
It is exceptionally important if you are using donor sperm in your treatment and you are not married or in a civil partnership and you both wish to be considered the legal parents of any child conceived through treatment with us, that you inform the staff at Aria.
If you are not married or in a civil partnership, you will be required to complete the HFEA legal parenthood consent forms (WP & PP) to ensure you both will be the legal parents of your baby if successful.
The treatment planning stage.
We will discuss your personalised treatment plan and provide you with all information you need to start your treatment. Together with one of our experienced fertility nurses we will plan and provide you with a clear explanation of the treatment process. You will be guided through information about your treatment, learn how to perform you own medication injections and complete all necessary consent forms before starting the treatment cycle.
Your treatment options.
The majority of lesbian women requiring fertility treatment at Aria do not have an infertility but come to us because they want to start a family with the added reassurance of doing so in a licensed clinic.
Donor sperm insemination (donor IUI)
Insemination with donor sperm is simple procedure which takes place at the same time as you are ovulating. Donor insemination procedures can be performed in your natural cycle or, alternatively, the ovaries can be stimulated with hormone medication to encourage a better response before the insemination.
Shared motherhood (intra-partner egg donation)
For most lesbian couples shared motherhood or intra-partner egg donation is the most common treatment options. Through the IVF process, one partner will donate the eggs to her partner who will attempt to become pregnant. This allows both parents to share the experience of motherhood as one partner becomes the ‘biological’ mother, and one becomes the ‘birth mother’.