Reciprocal IVF for Lesbian Couples
Some lesbian couples may choose to pursue reciprocal IVF treatment in which the eggs from one partner will be used while the other partner carries the pregnancy. With reciprocal IVF, the couple will select a sperm donor and one partner will provide the egg and the other partner will receive the embryo transfer and carry the pregnancy.
Our Commitment to Care
ORM has one of the most successful IVF programs in the US. For the past 30 years, ORM has helped grow families from all over the world. ORM’s knowledgeable and experienced team are available to help provide the best care possible to our patients from Australia. We are proud to help all family types grow and offer a full range of IVF services to couples, single parents, and LGBTQ+ patients.
Process for IVF Patients
After initial consultations with our specialists and an ORM physician done via Skype or a phone call, patients from Australia pursuing IVF with their own eggs typically only have three steps to their treatment process with ORM. Generally, these patients will only need to travel to the U.S. to visit ORM twice as part of their IVF treatment. These three steps are pre-cycle screening, egg retrieval and sperm deposit, and embryo transfer.
Pre-cycle screening involves a set of medical screenings for the intended mother and intended father (unless working with a sperm donor) that are completed locally in Australia before patients come to the US for the egg retrieval and sperm deposit.
Egg Retrieval and Sperm Deposit
The egg retrieval and sperm deposit will require the intended-parents to travel to ORM’s main clinic in Portland, Oregon.
During this visit, the intended-mother will complete her stimulation protocol and egg retrieval. The length of time the intended mother is required to be in the U.S. could be up to two weeks but will depend on the individual patient.
During this step, the intended father’s sperm is generally frozen to be thawed after the egg retrieval. Intended fathers can complete their sperm deposit and required testing at our clinic in downtown Portland, Oregon or in Seattle (Bellevue), Washington. In cases where patients are working with a sperm donor, the intended father is not required to travel to the U.S., and our team can provide information on sperm bank options.
The embryo transfer is the second time the intended-mother will need to visit our main clinic in Portland, Oregon, and requires a minimum of four days, including travel. All pre-transfer and post-transfer monitoring is conveniently performed in Australia with a local physician.
We Can Help
Our expert team is available to help patients connect with a physician local to them in Australia for their pre-cycle screening and monitoring and assist patients in planning their visit to ORM, including providing transportation and accommodation guidance.