Donor sperm IVF for lesbians is a highly effective family-building option
The Fertility Center of Las Vegas is an Oasis of Hope for members of the LGBTQ community who want to start or grow their families. Same-sex female couples and single women have several family-building options available to them. One of the most effective is donor sperm IVF for lesbians. Our Las Vegas fertility doctors and team provide compassionate support and helpful guidance through every step of the process.
How do you get started with donor sperm IVF for lesbians?
Many lesbian couples and single women visit us to learn more about conceiving with help from in vitro fertilization and donor sperm. Before moving forward, you will talk to your doctor about your medical background and family-building plans. If you have a partner, your physician will want to know how each of you would like to be involved. That’s because there are two ways to pursue donor sperm IVF for lesbians.
- Traditional donor sperm in vitro fertilization will involve just one woman. She will provide her eggs for the pregnancy, undergo an embryo transfer procedure and then carry the pregnancy to term.
- Reciprocal IVF allows both partners to play an active role in having a baby. One woman will provide her eggs, and the other will undergo an embryo transfer and carry the pregnancy.
Your wishes as well as the results of your fertility testing will help determine which of these options is the best for your unique situation.
What does in vitro fertilization with donor sperm look like?
You or your partner will take injectable fertility medications to start donor sperm IVF for lesbians. It’s important to attend regular monitoring appointments while taking this medication. This allows our Las Vegas fertility doctors to monitor egg growth and development. It also helps them make modifications to the medication dosage.
When the eggs have reached the appropriate size, your doctor will order a shot to trigger ovulation, or the release of the eggs. About 36 hours later, you or your partner will have an outpatient egg retrieval procedure. The eggs will then be sent to the IVF laboratory. There, an embryologist will fertilize them with sperm from your chosen donor.
Embryologists will monitor the fertilized eggs to see which ones develop into embryos. They can also perform preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) to identify chromosomal abnormalities and the sex of each embryo. The embryos will be frozen while the PGT results are processed.
After receiving the PGT results, you and your doctor will determine which embryo to transfer. Finally, embryologists will thaw that embryo and your doctor will transfer it into the uterus. About two weeks later, you or your partner will take a pregnancy test to confirm that the transfer was a success.
Through every step of this process, our Las Vegas fertility doctors and team will be there to answer your questions. Our goal is to fully support you on your quest to have a healthy baby. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more.