Fertility treatment for lesbian couples

We have a good variety of clinic-recruited donor sperm available

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  • We have a range of clinic recruited donor profiles from which you can select your closest match.
  • All our sperm donors undertake both a semen assessment and a series of pathology and saliva tests as part of the routine screening process to ensure the highest quality and safety for our patients. Screening tests include: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1 + 2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Cystic Fibrosis, Karyotype, Blood Group, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), Full Blood Count, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and extended genetic carrier screening.
  • All our sperm donors have also consulted a qualified fertility counsellor.
  • City Fertility offers the option to use the same donor for both partners.

Fertility is not always as straightforward as it would seem; there are factors that may affect your ability to conceive. These include age, lifestyle and medical conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, premature menopause, insulin resistance, and thyroid and genetic problems. City Fertility offers evaluation and treatment for all female fertility problems.


Treatment options for lesbian couples using donor sperm


Partner IVF for lesbian couples

Partner IVF is a type of IVF for lesbian couples that lets both partners become physically involved in the conception of their baby.

In this option, one partner provides the eggs, which are fertilised with donor sperm, and the other carries the pregnancy.

Partner IVF is a very appealing concept for many lesbian couples. Some couples may also use this type of treatment to conceive their second child, with their original sperm donor and carrier roles reversed. The beauty of it is that each partner gets to both experience childbearing and have a biological connection to a child.

Partner IVF: what is involved?

The process of Partner IVF is almost identical to the standard IVF process.

The first step is to choose a sperm donor, who can be either a known or clinic-recruited (unknown) donor. Lesbian couples who are considering Partner IVF will have to decide which type of sperm donor is right for them.

Once a sperm donor is chosen and he has gone through the routine medical assessment, detailed screening, consent forms and counselling, the medical procedure can start. Here’s what happens:

Some partners begin a process of synchronizing their menstrual cycles by taking the oral contraceptive pill with a view of having a fresh embryo transfer, but in some cases the egg provider undergoes an IVF cycle and freeze all embryos for future use.

The partner who is providing the eggs will take medications to stimulate her ovaries and promote the growth of follicles, which contain the eggs.

While the ovarian stimulation process takes place, the partner who will carry the pregnancy takes medication to support the development of the endometrium (lining of the uterus) in preparation for embryo transfer.

Once the ovarian stimulation phase ends, eggs will be retrieved from one partner and fertilised with the donor sperm to create embryos.

Embryos are transferred to the partner who will carry the pregnancy. (Embryos can also be frozen for future use, if a couple decides they’re not ready to conceive just yet.)

Fourteen to sixteen days after embryo transfer, a blood test is carried out on the carrying partner to determine if pregnancy has been achieved.

Before you agree to undergo this type of treatment, you should take time to decide which partner will contribute the egg and which partner will carry the pregnancy. Carefully consider the pros and cons of each role and talk openly with each other about your expectations for the pregnancy.


Becoming a sperm recipient – step-by-step guide guide


The first steps

The first step towards accessing fertility treatment is to obtain a referral from your GP to one of our accredited fertility experts.

Whether you have seen other specialists or this is your first time seeking fertility help, you will receive an individualised, comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

From the outset of your fertility journey, City Fertility will strive to provide clear and comprehensive information so you feel you can participate in, and make well-informed decisions about, your investigations and treatment.


To learn more, please visit our Patient information booklets page and download the “Creating a family for same-sex couples” PDF for same-sex couples.



Our new Initiative: Rainbow Fertility

We are proud to announce the opening of Rainbow Fertility, Australia’s first dedicated fertility and IVF service catering exclusively to the LGBTI community.

The dedicated Rainbow Fertility centres will offer you the choice of attending a standalone service where you can receive the same fertility care in a judgment-free setting with tailored support material to suit your individual needs.

Our Rainbow Fertility centres are located in: Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

For more information please visit: rainbowfertility.com.au, call: 1300 222 623 or email: info@rainbowfertility.com.au
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