Treatments for Same-Sex Female Couples
Waterstone Clinic offers a range of treatments to same-sex female couples. You can refer yourself, or your GP/consultant can refer you for a consultation with one of our fertility specialists.
Treatment Options with Donor Sperm
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- IUI is a simple treatment where fast-moving sperm is placed into the womb close to the time of ovulation.
- In-vitro fertilisation (IVF)
- IVF involves the fertilisation of an egg in our laboratory with the donor sperm. The resulting embryo is transferred back into the womb.
- Shared Motherhood / Reciprocal IVF (Egg Donation IVF treatment)
- Shared Motherhood, sometimes referred to as Reciprocal IVF or Reciprocal Donation is an IVF treatment where the partner who will carry the pregnancy uses embryos made with the eggs of her partner and donor sperm. One partner is then the genetic mother, and the other is the birth mother. The genetic mother undergoes the first elements of the IVF cycle (undergoing superovulation and an egg collection procedure) and the birth mother undergoes the preparations for embryo transfer, embryo transfer procedure and pregnancy.
What to expect at your consultation
At your initial consultation, one of our consultants will review your medical history, lifestyle factors and any prior investigations you may have had. We include a transvaginal ultrasound scan for the partner wishing to become pregnant as part of the first consultation. If you are considering Shared Motherhood, both partners will undergo tests and assessments.
Our consultant will discuss the results in detail with you and let you know if any further tests are needed (such as a tubal patency test). Our consultant will discuss which treatments would be viable and recommended for you both.
Before undergoing treatment, we will perform:
- Blood tests
- Transvaginal ultrasound
- Tubal patency test (if needed) to ensure the Fallopian tubes are not blocked.
Couples can use donated sperm from anonymous or identifiable donors. Our Sperm Donation Co-ordinator, Ursula Lynch, will support you through, helping you to explore the donor databases and work with you to your treatment.
Donor Sperm Databases
We have helped hundreds of couples become parents with the use of donor sperm. Sperm donation is used in conjunction with other fertility treatments, such as IUI or IVF, to achieve pregnancy.
Waterstone Clinic has been helping couples conceive using donor sperm since 2002. We only use sperm from anonymous donors and source the donor sperm from two sperm banks in Denmark:
- Cryos International Sperm Bank www.cryosinternational.com
- European Sperm Bank www.europeanspermbank.com
The donors at these clinics go through a rigorous screening process.
Couples can choose their donor from the sperm donation database, with guidance from our Sperm Donation Co-ordinator
At Waterstone Clinic, we measure success by the number of babies born, rather than the number of positive pregnancy tests. Our success rates for donor sperm IUI treatments between 2010-2018 are at 30%.
Our success rate of babies born from IVF treatment are dependent on the age of the patient: