Same sex couples and single women
Treatments available for female same sex couples and single women
We have over 20 years’ experience in helping female same sex couples create families of their own and we can help you achieve this too. We offer a complete range of treatments to help gay and lesbian couples and single women achieve success, including IVF, IUI, donor sperm and egg sharing. You can find out a little more about these treatments below.
Alternatively, feel free to get in touch to find out more about the treatments that we offer. We can explain the treatments and process in an open way, and give you complete transparency over costs.
Sperm donors through registered sperm banks:
We ask patients to chose their own donor sperm from clinics that we recommend. If you have a known sperm donor you wish to use, we can advise you on the treatment procedure, and any questions over legality.
Our rigorous screening procedures give you maximum reassurance over the quality and safety of the sperm used in our treatments. If children wish to know the identity of their donor in the future, they can apply for this information from the age of 18.
We also make it possible that if you wish to further grow your family in the future, you can do so using the same sperm donor – giving your child a sibling (provided you have arranged for the storage of sperm from the same donor).
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with donor sperm: this is timed very carefully according to when you ovulate, maximising the chances of successful fertilisation.
- IVF with donor sperm and egg sharing: if you would like to donate some of your eggs for other women who can only get pregnant through the use of donor eggs, we can offer you a cycle of IVF at a reduced cost, through the egg sharing programme.
IVF with donor sperm has a higher success rate than IUI with donor sperm.
To take part in the egg sharing programme, you must be aged between 21 and 35, with no serious medical history, and not be significantly overweight. You can donate eggs to your partner, as well as other women, as part of the programme.
Delaying becoming a parent
- Egg freezing: you may want a family in the future, but be worried about declining fertility due to your age. If this is the case you can choose to freeze your eggs now for future use. You can also freeze your eggs if you’re about to undergo medical treatment which may affect your fertility. Egg freezing should be undertaken before 38 years of age, as success beyond this time is very limited. When you decide to use your eggs, they are thawed and we check their viability. We then fertilise them via ICSI (a single, healthy donor sperm is injected directly into the egg).
Free introductory appointment
Book an informal, free introductory appointment. You’ll be able to meet our team, ask questions and tour the clinic.
If you would like to find out more about surrogacy, please visit our surrogacy page.
Counselling for same sex couples
As part of our on-going commitment to give our patients the best level of support and care during their treatment we offer a free counselling service. It’s important to us that you can discuss your feelings before, during and after your treatment. We therefore offer a counselling service to every patient needing donor sperm or eggs.
Using donor eggs or sperm has certain implications for you, your partner and any children you have as a result of your treatment. Our counsellors will discuss this in detail with you, and offer you support at any stage of your journey with us, regardless of your specific treatment.