Lesbian single women have the option to conceive with the treatment of an intrauterine insemination with donor sperm. However, prior to treatment, the patient is evaluated to determine if there are any abnormalities that may interfere with conception. For older women, hormonal treatments might be prescribed in conjunction with an insemination.
IVF may offer the best chance for conception. For more information on IVF, please review the on the IVF page. Egg donation is also an option to consider depending on the patients egg quality, as egg quality and quantity diminishes with age.
For lesbian couples, one partner may choose to donate the egg and the other partner will carry the pregnancy. In order to accomplish this, IVF is necessary, as the partner donating the egg would be stimulated with hormones and have her eggs harvested and fertilized, and then transferred into the other partner’s uterus. However, if one partner is providing the eggs and carrying the pregnancy, IVF may not be necessary. Instead, intrauterine insemination can be performed, that may or may not require hormonal treatment, depending on the woman’s chances of conceiving. Sperm used to fertilize the eggs can be from a friend or anonymous donor through a sperm bank. Visit SpermBankDirectory.com to locate sperm banks across the country.