IVF with donor sperm (D-IVF)
If D-IUI is not suitable or has previously failed, our clinical team may suggest IVF with donor sperm (D-IVF).
IVF involves regulating a woman’s monthly cycle with medications and stimulating her ovaries to produce more mature eggs than she would in any normal month. These eggs are collected during a surgical procedure under sedation. They are then mixed with the donor sperm in the lab, for fertilisation to take place. Any suitable embryos that result from fertilisation may be transferred back into the woman’s uterus a few days later. Or they may be frozen for possible future use.
D-IVF may take about five or eight weeks from the beginning of the treatment cycle to pregnancy test, depending on the drug protocol.
Reciprocal IVF (or Shared Motherhood)
Reciprocal IVF gives two women in a same sex relationship, the chance to both have a part in the conception of their baby.
This method follows the IVF protocol but includes fertilising the eggs of one of the partners with donor sperm, and transferring the very best embryo to her wife/partner. She then then carries the pregnancy. It’s more complex than IUI with donor sperm, but shared motherhood means that one woman is the genetic mother and the other is the birth mother of their baby. So right from conception, motherhood is a totally shared experience.
Reciprocal IVF may take about five or eight weeks from the beginning of the treatment cycle to pregnancy test, depending on the drug protocol.