L G B T Q + Fertility Care at GENNET City Fertility

It is our firm belief that family is for everyone, and that everyone should be welcome to receive the treatments they need to take the next step on the road to parenthood. That is why our dedicated team is on hand to help members of the LGBTQ+ community with fertility care, supporting and guiding every patient on their journey.

We are here to provide specialist advice on all aspects, treatments, and potential routes to forming the family you have always wanted. Read on to learn more about the services we can provide, or get in touch with us for more information on the programmes we have available.
 

Gay Surrogacy Options

In partnership with TwoDads UK and My Surrogacy Journey, we are proud to offer a surrogacy programme that allows same-sex men, or nonbinary or transgender patients who were both assigned male at birth, to become parents. In most cases, this will mean carrying out IVF treatment using sperm cells from either one or both partners to fertilise a donated egg. This egg will then be implanted in the womb of your chosen surrogate, in the hopes of achieving a successful pregnancy and the eventual birth of a child.

To learn more about what this will involve and the legal implications, please see our page.
 

Lesbian Fertility Care

We have a range of treatment options available for female same-sex couples, or for patients who are nonbinary or transgender but were assigned female at birth. By coming to us for lesbian fertility care and discussing each one with a specialist, you will be able to choose from:

Reciprocal IVF (Shared Motherhood)

Reciprocal IVF, which is also commonly called shared motherhood, allows both partners to be involved in the process. One partner will donate their egg for fertilisation, and once it has been fertilised it will be implanted in the womb of the second partner. This allows one parent to share a biological connection with the child or children born as a result of the procedure, and the other can bond with their baby through the experience of pregnancy.

The process itself will be carried out in almost the same way as any other IVF treatment at our clinic, but if you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to ask.


Donor Insemination

Donor insemination, which is typically shortened to “DI”, is considered the least invasive and the most natural of all our fertility treatments. It is also often the first step taken by many female same-sex couples on their journey to becoming parents. 

In this treatment, one partner will have their menstrual cycle tracked by our specialists. Then, during their fertile window (the time after ovulation in which they are most likely to conceive), donor sperm will be placed through their cervix and into their uterus. This sperm may either be from a known or unknown donor of your choice. 


IVF with Donor Sperm

Another, perhaps more commonly known option, for same-sex female couples is in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) using donor sperm. In this treatment process, one partner will undergo stimulation and egg collection procedures to obtain eggs for fertilisation. These eggs will then be fertilised in our laboratory using donor sperm, monitored for signs of development, and then transferred into the patient’s womb in the hopes that a viable and successful pregnancy will be achieved.

Lesbian Fertility Care

Co-Parenting

This optional element is becoming increasingly popular for same-sex female couples and can take place with both donor insemination treatments and cycles of IVF. It allows you and your partner the opportunity to put an agreement in place with a male friend (and sperm donor) so that you can all be involved together in the raising of a child or children. 

Fertility Care for Nonbinary and Transgender Patients

The process of transitioning can come with several different and important decisions ‒ including those around what to do in terms of your fertility. We wish to support our nonbinary and transgender siblings through this in any way that we can, including by offering the largest possible fertility preservation programme and fertility care for trans people.

Our clinic will collect and store sperm cells and egg cells for up to 55 years, giving patients the option of starting or expanding their families after they have transitioned if this is what they would like to do. We will also be on hand to discuss all available routes to parenthood when you decide that you would like to use your frozen samples, and support you throughout the process that you feel most comfortable with and that suits you best.
 

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about what our clinic can offer you and your partner, attend one of our free patient information evenings or book a free, 30-minute mini consultation with a discreet and understanding fertility specialist. Please contact our coordinator Karin at karin@city-fertility.com to do this. You can also get in touch by calling 020 8209 3226. 

Alternatively, you can also fill out one of our contact forms below if you’re interested in something specific. One of our friendly team members will get back to you as soon as possible with the answer you need to help you take the next step on your fertility journey.
 

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