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Everything you need to know about assisted reproduction for lesbian couples

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  • Learn about assisted reproduction for lesbian couples.
  • Treatments include artificial insemination and IVF.
  • Explaining the ROPA Method and ICSI.

Learn about the different types of assisted reproduction for lesbian couples.

Thanks to techniques such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF), a lesbian couple can have a child.

Both of these options require a sperm donor.

How common is assisted reproduction for same-sex couples?

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Another option for lesbian couples is the Reception of Oocytes from the Partner method, or ROPA.

If you opt for this method, both women can be involved in the pregnancy, creating a unique experience.

It’s also worth mentioning that, in Spain, out of 100,000 assisted reproduction treatments annually, 5% are for same-sex couples.

A sperm donor is essential in these cases.

Artificial insemination

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A fertility clinic can provide an anonymous sperm donor for women who want to undergo artificial insemination.

For this, gentle stimulation is required so that one or two eggs mature. The eggs are then released into the fallopian tubes.

The patient will visit the clinic regularly to monitor the growth of ovarian follicles containing the eggs.

Artificial insemination is a straightforward procedure that does not require anesthesia and can be performed in a gynecological setting.

Another option for same-sex couples

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Another option for gay couples is in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The woman receiving the treatment undergoes ovarian stimulation to mature multiple eggs simultaneously.

The eggs are fertilized in the laboratory with a donor’s sperm, and the resulting embryos are transferred to the woman’s uterus.

With artificial insemination and IVF both women are recognized as the child’s legal parents.

What is the ROPA method?

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The ROPA Method as another type of assisted reproduction for lesbian couples.

The treatment involves two parts. One woman makes a genetic contribution and the other who carries the baby.

Both women receive hormones for ovarian stimulation and endometrial preparation.

In these cases, it is up to the individuals who perform each role, although the doctor’s opinion should be considered.

ICSI is similar to IVF

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Another option for same-sex couples is intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

Also known as ICSI, the technique is similar to IVF.

In this case, the egg is fertilized by having sperm injected directly into it using a micro needle.

In severe cases of infertility, this technique is more common than one might think, according to Sanitas.

Female infertility

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When it comes to assisted reproduction for lesbian couples, it’s essential to consider another aspect of ICSI.

Some women choose this type of treatment because of poor egg quality.

According to Sanitas, this technique is used more often in heterosexual couples who have unsuccessfully undergone IVF.

The procedure is very similar in both techniques, and it’s essential to work closely with your doctor.

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