For many same-sex female couples who wish to start a family of their own, taking the first step towards parenthood can be a huge milestone. However, certain factors like medical costs, your age, and your overall health can play a significant role when it comes to having children. With so many fertility services available for same-gender couples, knowing which treatment will best suit you and your partner’s needs can bring you closer to reaching your family goals. Below we have provided some helpful tips for same-sex female couples interested in having a child of their own.
Starting Your New Family
Schedule a Meeting With a Specialist
Scheduling a personal consultation with a fertility specialist is the first and most important step to starting your family. During your consultation, you and your partner can discuss any concerns or questions you may have. Your specialist will also look over your medical history to ensure you are both in good health. Be sure to ask your specialist what fertility options are available, and do your research regarding each treatment before your meeting.
Decide Who Will Carry the Baby
One of the most important questions every couple will be asked is who will be carrying the baby. Make sure you and your significant other have carefully thought this decision over when having this conversation both privately and with your fertility specialist. Once you have decided who will be the one to carry the baby, you will begin your fertility testing and examination. Couples also have the option to use anonymous or known surrogates as well as an egg donor for their treatment if they prefer.
Determine Whose Sperm to Use
On top of choosing who will be carrying the baby, you will also need to use donor sperm to achieve your pregnancy goals. While some couples choose to know their sperm donors, others prefer to look into anonymous donors that have been selected by a sperm bank.
Your Fertility Treatment Options
There are many treatment options to choose from that can help you and your loved one achieve a successful pregnancy. These include intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). IUI will have you and your partner inseminated with donor sperm to help increase your chances of conception. IVF is a fertility treatment that will require eggs from either one or both partners to be extracted and fertilized with donor sperm outside the body. If necessary (or preferred), a donor egg can be used instead. Then the fertilized egg will be implanted into the uterus. Your fertility specialist will help you determine which option will make your family dreams a reality.
To learn more about our fertility treatments, please contact our office at (310) 881-8846 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Saadat online today! Our team is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.