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What is Reciprocal IVF?

 During Reciprocal IVF/Shared motherhood, one partner (the ‘biological mother’) undergoes an IVF cycle using fertility medication, in order to collect her eggs which, she then donates to her partner. These donated eggs are fertilised with donor sperm to create embryos, and then the other partner (the ‘birth mother’) undergoes an embryo transfer with one of these donated embryos, in order to carry the pregnancy.

CREATE Fertility have supported many lesbian couples in having a baby. If you have any questions about Reciprocal IVF or how to start treatment, please contact our experienced team who will be happy to help.

Both female partners will need to have an ultrasound scan to assess their fertility and have a joint consultation to discuss the results and their best treatment options so please call us to book.

Who is it for?

At the start of your Reciprocal IVF journey, you will both need to have an advanced ultrasound scan and part of your initial consultation to ensure that this treatment is right for you.

Our advanced ultrasound scan offered will provide detailed information regarding egg reserve and the health of the uterus and ovaries.

The partner donating her eggs should have a good ovarian reserve, and the partner receiving the embryo should have a healthy uterus and ovaries to ensure good implantation. Your scan results and best options for success will be discussed during your initial consultation.

Reciprocal IVF Pre-treatment Steps

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  • Scan & Consultation

    Both female partners will have an ultrasound scan to assess their fertility and have a joint consultation to discuss the results and their best treatment options. This will include options for donor sperm.

    Call us to book

  • Blood tests

    Following this appointment you will be required to have the following blood tests: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, Hepatitis B Core Antibody, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and CMV. The CMV blood test is important for matching with a donor, as CMV- patients can only be matched with CMV- donors.

  • Counselling session

    Due to the implications of using a sperm donor you must have a counselling session prior to receiving treatment. This will need to be booked through our Counsellor, Mollie Graneek.

  • Treatment consultation

    The next stage is a treatment consultation with our nursing team. The treatment protocol will be explained, you will be shown how to administer your medication, and any questions you have will be answered

  • Organising the donor sperm

    If you are having treatment with donor sperm our donor team will help you to fill in the required consent forms. If you are using donor sperm from an outside source they will give you advice on how to transfer this over to the clinic; we must have this in the clinic before treatment can commence.

The Reciprocal IVF journey, step by step

Partner donating eggs

 

1. Call on day 1 of cycle to book scan.

2. Start taking medication on day 2.

3. Come into clinic for scans and blood tests to assess follicle growth.

4. When appropriate you will be prepared for your egg collection procedure.

5. Come into the clinic to have donor blood tests and egg collection procedure under sedation.

6. Eggs are fertilised with donor sperm and embryo development is monitored by embryologists.

7. Embryos frozen.

Partner receiving embryo

 

8. Call on day 1 of cycle to book scan in 7-9 days.

9. Take medication to prepare womb lining from day 2.

10. Scan to check development of womb lining on day 7-9.

11. Once the lining of the womb is ready, receiving partner commences progesterone pessaries.

12. Frozen embryo transfer – the best embryo is transferred into the uterus.

13. Pregnancy test around 12 days following embryo transfer.

14. Pregnancy scan at 6 weeks of pregnancy.

How to choose a sperm donor

We work with only recognised and licensed donor banks to provide the best quality sperm. All sperm donors have to be in good health and are screened for sexually transmitted diseases and some genetic disorders. The sperm is assessed as high quality before being approved for donation.

However, there are a number of different sperm banks available if you prefer to use your own; if you have any questions about this process please discuss with your consultant.

 

Things to consider

  • We can utilise IUI ready or ICI unwashed for any treatment. We can store the samples at CREATE, after 1 year you would be required to pay the current ‘Annual Storage fee’.
  • One straw/ampule should be enough for 1 treatment cycle, however, due to the transport costs you may wish to purchase more than 1 to cover for repeat cycles/sibling cycles.
  • We would advise obtaining MOT 10 (MOT is short for motility) or higher, should only MOT 5 be available we would advise to purchase at least 2 samples.
  • The advice from UK professionals is to match CMV negative recipients to CMV negative donors wherever possible.

Sperm banks

CREATE
Sperm Bank

CREATE Fertility Sperm Bank offer international sperm and provide FREE shipping between our clinics. We’ll advise you on what is needed, you then order & pay direct with us, they will then ship your sperm to the clinic ready for when your treatment starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Cryos International Sperm Bank

Cryos International
Sperm Bank

We work in partnership with the European Sperm Bank where you can access their donor bank and order sperm direct with them. We’ll advise you on what is needed, you then order & pay direct with ESB, they will then ship your sperm to the clinic ready for when your treatment starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

European Sperm Bank

European
Sperm Bank

We work in partnership with the European Sperm Bank where you can access their donor bank and order sperm direct with them. We’ll advise you on what is needed, you then order & pay direct with ESB, they will then ship your sperm to the clinic ready for when your treatment starts. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Legal implications and donor anonymity

It is important to remember that after completion of the appropriate consent forms, you will be regarded as the legal parents or any child born as a result of the treatment. The donor will not be financially or emotionally liable for the upbringing of any child created using the donor’s sperm.

Since 2005 donors in the UK are no longer anonymous. Anyone conceived using donated sperm will be allowed to ask the HFEA for identifying information about the donor when they reach the age of 18, (or 16 if they are planning to marry). They will be able to find out who the donor is and may want to get in touch with them.

Reciprocal IVF

Our treatment package includes:

  • Treatment consultation
  • Monitoring scans
  • Counselling
  • Egg collection
  • Embryology
  • Embryo freezing and storage for 2 years
  • Frozen embryo transfer
  • Pregnancy blood test
  • Early pregnancy scan 

1 Cycle

From £6,095 - £6,540*

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*Important information
  • The cost of Reciprocal IVF will depend on your individual circumstances and your personalised treatment plan will be explained to you in more detail at your Virtual Consultation.
  • Cycle Price:The cycle price can vary between clinics, to find your nearest clinic pricing click here.
  • Required additions: There are also a number of additional costs that need to be added to your treatment. These are for medication (£927), blood tests (£1,560 - £1,600), sedation (£300) and HFEA fees (£80) that are not included in the cycle price. Exact costs will be discussed at consultation based on patients’ individual needs. The ‘average’ total cost of additional items for a cycle of Reciprocal IVF is £2,867 – £2,907, bringing the ‘average’ total treatment cost to £8,962 - £9,447.
  • Donor sperm: If you require donor sperm, this will be an additional cost. Sperm purchased through CREATE Fertility costs £1,100 per vial.
  • Male factor: If your donor sperm requires ICSI, the cost for this will be £1,100 - £1,200.
  • Pre-treatment costs: In some circumstances patients may require further exploration and fertility tests such as Hysteroscopy (£1,500), HyCosy (£450), Thyroid blood tests (£30) or other Genetic Tests such as Karyotype (£275), Y Deletions (£150) or Cystic Fibrosis (£245). These will be an additional cost, exact costs will be discussed at consultation based on patients’ individual needs. Please download our price guide for more information.
  • Terms and conditions apply: : View terms and conditions.