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IVF for lesbian couples

Many lesbian couples choose CREATE because we offer IUI (artificial insemination) and are the leaders in Natural and Mild IVF with a focus on making fertility treatment safer and more patient friendly.

We offer a range of donor sperm treatments and our unique approach means that we will always use the fewest drugs possible, work with your body and focus on the quality rather than the quantity of eggs. We pride ourselves on our tailored treatment protocols and our excellent success rates.

Starting a family is a joyous occasion and we will endeavor to make the journey through treatment as smooth as possible.

Your guide to IVF options for Lesbian couples

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IVF with donor sperm

 At CREATE we take a more natural approach to IVF and offer only Natural Cycle IVF and Mild IVF protocols, which are designed to work within your natural cycle and use only a minimal amount of drugs.

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Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)

 IUI is a process whereby donor sperm is inserted directly into the uterus at the most fertile point of a woman's natural cycle. It is suitable for women with a good egg reserve who wish to have less invasive and costly treatment.

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"We are a lesbian married couple who were looking for IUI. We really appreciated Create’s natural approach and felt very looked after by the staff. The ladies that worked there were particularly welcoming and didn’t make us feel out of place. We were really lucky to have the procedure work first time and now have a beautiful baby boy to be thankful for. Would definitely be going back to Create in the future." Jennifer

 

 

Why choose CREATE Fertility?

Safer for women & babies
Safer for women & babies
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Safer for women & babies
Safer for women & babies

Our Natural and Mild IVF treatments mean fewer drugs making treatment more woman-friendly.

We involve both partners
We involve both partners
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We involve both partners
We involve both partners

We understand that both partners wish to be fully involved and we'll support you both every step of the way.

Excellent sucess rates
Excellent sucess rates
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Excellent sucess rates
Excellent sucess rates

At CREATE, we have spearheaded Natural and Mild IVF in the UK and we are very proud of the success rates we have achieved.

 

Your questions answered

What is the process of having treatment with donor sperm?

The first stage is to come into the clinic for an Initial Consultation. This will include an internal scan for the female undergoing the treatment and a consultation with the doctor for her (and her partner if applicable). This appointment allows the doctor to assess the ovaries and womb and determine the best course of treatment. The next stage will be to meet with a nurse at the nurse’s consultation. At this point the patient(s) can discuss which donor sperm is to be used and the nurse can go through our list of sperm donors with you. If you decide to purchase sperm from an external sperm bank this is perfectly fine; however you will have to arrange for the sperm to be couriered to the clinic. The treatment itself is exactly like our other types of IVF: the female patient will take a suitable combination of drugs for several days before having her eggs collected under sedation. These will then be fertilised with the donor sperm in the lab before being transferred to the woman’s womb a few days later.

If you plan to use a known donor, he will need to go through a series of stages to assess his suitability. It is best to contact us for more details on using a known donor.

Who is this treatment suitable for?

IVF treatment with donor sperm is most suitable for couples with a male infertility factor, female same-sex couples and single women.

For more information, visit Treatment with Donor Sperm.

What is Mild IVF?

Mild IVF focusses on quality rather than quantity of eggs, is conducted within a woman's natural cycle and uses lower doses of stimulating drugs. Mild IVF uses a short 5-9 day course of stimulating drugs to achieve a mild response.

Mild IVF is designed to be gentler on the body with fewer side effects. The short protocols with lower doses of drugs mean that the stress and duration of treatment and potential side effects are reduced. 

Read more about Mild IVF here.

What is the Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) process?

The first step in IUI treatment is to come into the clinic for an Initial Consultation and Scan. At this point the doctor will perform an internal scan. You (and your partner if applicable) will then have a 30 minute consultation where the doctor will go through your medical history and devise a personalised treatment plan. It is recommended that you undergo a tubal patency test in order to ensure that your fallopian tubes are clear and the sperm is able to reach the egg. You will then come in for a number of scans following the start of your period. These will be used to monitor the growth of the follicles and track ovulation. Once the time is right to perform the IUI, the sperm sample will be washed and prepared before the procedure. The IUI procedure involves introducing the sperm to the uterus through a thin catheter at the correct time of the cycle when the egg is being released.

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Our advice to other same sex couples would be to enjoy your journey
 

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