When we talk about family, at IVF-Life UK, we do so without distinction and always with the pride of having contributed to the happiness of many women who wish to form their own.

Thanks to the ROPA Method, many female same sex couples can achieve their dream of having a baby by sharing the process of motherhood between them.

Is shared motherhood between two women possible?

ROPA Method, also knows as 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.

How is the treatment carried out?

The treatment is very similar to in vitro fertilisation. For this, in addition, the sperm of a donor from our bank will be used to fertilise the egg in our assisted reproduction laboratory.

First of all, it is important to carry out an evaluation of the reproductive health of both women in order to know their reproductive health. Although the couple has decided which of the two women will carry the pregnancy, it is not always possible based on the risks that this may pose to the development of the pregnancy, so an examination and diagnosis will also provide information and determine whether there is any risk to the pregnancy based on these tests.

Once it has been decided which of the two will provide the egg and which will be the gestational mother, both must begin a process of hormonal stimulation. In this way we will obtain the highest quality eggs to be fertilised with the donor’s sperm and at the same time the uterus of the other woman will be prepared so that it is in the best conditions to carry the pregnancy.

Subsequently, an ovarian puncture is necessary to extract the eggs from the woman who will provide her eggs. The selected eggs will be fertilised with the donor’s sperm, giving rise to the embryo or embryos that will be transferred to the other woman, which will evolve correctly.