Same-sex female partners who are ready to start their own family can choose different treatment options to conceive successfully. One of the best options is reciprocal IVF, in which both partners are involved physically for the child's conception.
What is Reciprocal IVF?
The procedure of mutual IVF is almost same as of IVF. The difference with this treatment as compared to IVF treatment is the embryos are created by using the egg from one partner and then they are transferred to the other partner’s uterus. This means the partners need to sync the cycle which is done using the fertility medications. Then comes the process of ovarian stimulation cycle and egg retrieval process which is done of the partner who is providing the eggs.
Once the eggs are retrieved, they will be fertilized with the donor sperm in the lab. They are kept in the incubator for at least three to five days. At this point, gestational carrier (one who is taking the pregnancy to term) is taking medication so that her uterine lining is prepared for the procedure of embryo transfer. After two weeks, the doctor will call you at the IVF center for the blood test to see if you are pregnant.
How To Decide Who Should Be An Egg Donor And Who Should Be A Gestational Carrier?
For some couples, this decision is very easy to make. But, if you have not come to any conclusion then the fertility expert will give you the best advice. Some factors which should be taken into consideration to make this decision.
For a successful pregnancy, it is important that women should have eggs of good quality in and in the required amount. If you have a significant difference in your age then it is best to use the eggs of younger partner as the success rate is higher.
• Medical History
At the time of consultation, the doctor will examine the health of both the patients. This is important because it will tell that you don’t have any health-related problem. But if you had any infection or surgery earlier then the process might be difficult.
• The desire to experience pregnancy
One of the partners might be looking forward to the entire process and to carry the pregnancy to term. Before undergoing the procedure, discuss this thing in detail so that the process goes smoothly.
This totally depends on the laws and rules in your state. There might be some legal issues before you opt for this procedure. For this, it is essential that you consult with a reproductive professional lawyer. This way he can ensure the rights of both the partner before and after the birth of the baby. Sometimes birth certificate is not enough, so in that case, having recognition as legal parents is very helpful for both of you as well as your future baby. If you want to freeze the embryos then you also need the legal agreement.
Cost of the Reciprocal IVF
No doubt, investing in Reciprocal IVF is a big investment and as compared to traditional IVF the cost is more. It is because both of the partners have to take fertility medications during the treatment. You should consult the fertility expert so that they can guide you properly about the treatment.