Our San Antonio fertility center is proud to offer a wide variety of treatment options to support lesbian fertility
Fertility doctors, Erika Munch, MD and Susan Hudson, MD, are proud to help lesbian couples start and grow their families through the use of donor sperm with intrauterine insemination, IUI, and in vitro fertilization, IVF.
Our San Antonio fertility center adheres to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, ASRM, guidelines for third party reproduction, while utilizing breakthrough research to provide the highest quality care. Dr James is here to guide patients through lesbian fertility and family building.
A consultation with one of our San Antonio fertility doctors is the first step on your fertility journey
Fertility treatment is no different for lesbian patients than it is for heterosexuals. The process and treatment options are very similar.
The first step is a consultation.
During your consultation, you will discuss your medical history and your goals for fertility treatment. For example, if you are part of a lesbian couple, We will ask you which partner wants to take part in fertility treatment.
After your consultation, your next step is to undergo fertility testing. As with heterosexual patients, your overall fertility determines which treatment options will be available to you. If you are single, only you will be tested. However, if you are part of a lesbian couple, you and your partner may both choose be tested.
After receiving your test results, we will recommend fertility treatment options. You will then decide how you wish to proceed. The most common treatment options include using donor sperm in IUI and IVF.
Understanding donor sperm options
Every lesbian fertility patient will need donor sperm to get pregnant. The big decision is whether to use a donor that you know or an anonymous sperm donor.
The sperm may be donated by someone you know. However, sperm must first be quarantined for six months to ensure that it doesn’t contain infectious diseases. If you don’t mind a six month wait and you want to know your child’s father, this is a good option.
Sperm can also come from an anonymous donor through a certified sperm bank. This sperm has already been quarantined and tested, so it can be used immediately. This is a good option if time is of the essence or if you don’t have a sperm donor in mind.
Understanding IUI in lesbian fertility
IUI is one of the most efficient lesbian fertility options. Our fertility doctors recommend this procedure when fertility testing doesn’t indicate any significant issues.
The procedure is performed at our San Antonio fertility center. During the procedure, we will guide a catheter into your uterus and then deposit the washed and prepared sperm. Depending on your situation, we might also recommend that you take medication to induce ovulation and support the luteal phase after IUI.
Understanding IVF and reciprocal IVF in lesbian fertility
IVF is another family building option for lesbian fertility patients, but it’s a more complex procedure. You must first take injectable medication to stimulate egg production. Your doctor then removes eggs from your ovaries at the San Antonio IVF surgery center. The eggs are fertilized inside a laboratory and any healthy embryos are transferred back into your uterus using a catheter.
IVF is used in lesbian fertility if testing detects complex infertility issues, or if a lesbian couple wants to pursue reciprocal IVF. Reciprocal IVF allows both partners to take part in the pregnancy, as one partner donates the egg and the other partner carries the pregnancy.
For more information about lesbian fertility options at Texas Fertility Center, please contact our San Antonio fertility center.