Shared motherhood: lesbian Reciprocal IVF technique without travelling abroad
For women who are in a relationship with another woman there are also various ways of experiencing motherhood as a couple and, although the law varies greatly from country to country, assisted reproduction is one of the safest and most common options for the lesbian community. The most widespread techniques are Artificial Insemination with donor sperm (AID / IUI) and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) with donor sperm, which are also carried out on a daily basis at Institut Marqués, not only for lesbian couples but also for single women and heterosexual couples, in addition to IVF with Egg Donation and Sperm Donation and Embryo Adoption, which are also indicated treatments for both groups.
A different option, which is less well-known due to its novelty and the fact that it is only performed and legal in a handful of countries, is Reciprocal IVF, also known as Shared Motherhood or Inter-spousal Egg Donation.
The lesbian Reciprocal IVF method has become increasingly popular among lesbian couples as elective IVF. As its name describes, the main particularity of this IVF method is that the treatment is shared by both women: one of the women undergoes the ovarian stimulation and will provide the eggs; the that are retrieved by ovarian punction will be fertilised in vitro with donor sperm from the sperm bank, exactly the same as a regular IVF treatment, with the only difference that the embryos will be transferred to the partner’s uterus, who will carry the pregnancy and give birth to the child. This way both women participate actively in bringing their child to the world being its ‘biological’ mothers: the first as the genetic mother and the second as the gestational mother.
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Institut Marquès offers two options for those patients that need to resort to egg and/or sperm donation, depending on whether they want to use anonymous or identifiable donors for their treatment.
If you prefer to resort to an anonymous egg or sperm donation, you will have to travel to Barcelona (Spain):
If you wish to use known or non-anonymous donors, the treatment must be carried out in Ireland, where we collaborate with the best clinics.