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Reciprocal IVF & Lesbian Family Planning

Lesbian Couple UltrasoundThere is no room for sexual orientation bias in the practice of fertility. New Hope Fertility in NYC has warmly welcomed lesbian couples seeking reciprocal IVF treatment since its founding in 2004. Advances in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) have helped lesbian couples experience the joys of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. Our LGBTQ-friendly fertility care team has the clinical experience required to design a customized LGBTQ family plan meeting your personal and medical needs.

  • No sexual orientation judgments
  • No gender or transgender bias
  • No personal or religious judgments
  • No judgments toward interracial couples
  • No judgments about marital status

Customized Reciprocal IVF Protocols for Lesbian Couples

The mission of our fertility specialists is to consistently and fairly share their expertise and counsel with the LGBTQ community – with compassion and trust. Every person has the right to have a family of their own.

Proven Reciprocal IVF for Lesbian Couples

More and more lesbian couples are choosing reciprocal IVF when planning their family. This protocol allows both lesbian partners to be the mother of their child. Both partners are an integral participant in their child’s conception, pregnancy, and birth.

One partner produces the egg that is fertilized with donor sperm. The other partner is impregnated with the resulting embryo and carries the baby to full term.

Bottom Line: One mother carries the fertilized egg of the other mother. The child has the genetic makeup of one mother and is carried to full term by her other mother. Both women get to intimately share in the conception, pregnancy, and birth experience.

First Class Donor Sperm Selection

The process of selecting donor sperm is streamlined for our patients’ ease in choice. We offer first class support packages for the selection of donor sperm. Our donor program is extremely successful because we use the most cutting-edge cryopreservation technologies.

IVF Pregnancy Success Rates

According to the American Pregnancy Association the overall success rates of reciprocal IVF for lesbians is high. This is because lesbian women typically don’t experience the reproductive medical difficulties presented in the IVF cases of their straight counterparts.

Age is always a factor in IVF pregnancy success chances – regardless of a female’s sexual orientation.

  • Under age 35 – 41 to 43 percent success rate
  • Age 35 to 37 – 33 to 36 percent success rate
  • Age 38 to 40 – 23 to 27 percent success rate
  • Over age 40 – 13 to 18 percent success rate

A woman’s egg quality declines as she matures in reproductive years.

Adverse Lifestyle Factors

There are many lifestyle factors that can adversely affect reciprocal IVF success.

  • Medical conditions affecting the quality of eggs – Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Structural medical conditions affecting the health of the uterus – fibroids, polyps, cysts
  • Physical unfitness and a high BMI – being obese
  • Smoking and use of tobacco products
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Poor diet and nutrition

Reciprocal IVF for Lesbian Family Planning

All members of the LGBTQ community are welcome to work with our compassionate fertility care team. We have the clinical experience required to design a customized LGBTQ family plan meeting your personal and medical needs. To schedule your initial consultation at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below - or call 212.969.7422.

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