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.
What to expect at your consultation
In your initial consultation, your consultant 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.
The consultant will discuss the results in detail with you and recommend any further tests (e.g. tubal patency test) if necessary. Depending on your individual situation, intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment or in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) will be recommended. Egg donation between partners is also an option for couples.
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 donors and will meet with our Sperm Donation Co-ordinator who will work with you during your treatment.
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.
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 (more information here)
- 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 (more information here).
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 IVF treatments between 2010-2016 show the number of pregnancies with a fetal heartbeat at 8 weeks’ gestation, according to the age of the patient:
Donor Sperm Co-Ordinator
Our dedicated Sperm Donation Co-ordinator is Ursula Black. Ursula will guide you through the process of selecting your sperm donor and preparing for treatment.