At The Surrey Park Clinic, we have helped many same sex couples become proud parents. It is truly a privilege to help create families and we always ensure both partners feel fully involved in the process right from the start. There are various options to consider when starting the fertility process which we have summarised below. Your Consultant and the fertility nurses will explain everything in detail during your initial consultation.
One of the first things to organise is the required sperm donation. You may have a sperm donor in mind who is known to you or we can put you in touch with specialised sperm donor organisations. These organisations ensure rigorous testing is carried out and they help match the donor to your individual requirements.
To find out more about using a sperm donor, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority website has a lot of information and we can also provide a sperm donor information leaflet.
There are options for achieving fertilisation of the egg. Most women do not have any fertility challenges and therefore a procedure called intrauterine insemination (IUI) is usually recommended.
A sample of sperm is prepared by the embryologist and placed directly inside the uterus using a very fine catheter. The sperm is deposited before the release of an egg or eggs in a natural or stimulated cycle. Conception occurs naturally inside the body. We recommend taking a pregnancy test 2 weeks after the procedure.
Alternatively IVF can be used. This is a multi-stage process used when a male partner’s sperm is put into the female’s eggs in a laboratory to produce embryos.
Many couples opt for shared motherhood. One partner will provide the egg within an IVF cycle and the fertilised egg will be implanted into the other partner’s womb. One partner is the biological mother whilst the other is the birth mother.
To find out more, please attend one of our Fertility Open evenings or book a free telephone conversation with one of our Fertility Coordinators. They can answer your questions and let you know more about the process.