Fertility Care for Lesbian Couples: Reciprocal IVF (Co-IVF)
Reciprocal in vitro fertilization (IVF), also called Co-IVF, refers to when both partners in a same-sex female couple take part in the pregnancy process. The eggs of one partner are fertilized and a resulting embryo is transferred to the other partner’s uterus, who will then carry the pregnancy. Lesbian couples choosing reciprocal IVF tend to achieve excellent pregnancy success rates.
How Does Reciprocal IVF Work?
During reciprocal IVF, one partner provides the eggs that will be used to create embryos, one of which will be transferred to the uterus of the other partner, who will carry the pregnancy. The partner providing the eggs will undergo ovarian stimulation with the use of fertility medications, as well as an egg retrieval procedure at our Mount Kisco location.
After the retrieval, the eggs are fertilized in the IVF laboratory using donated sperm (from either a known or anonymous donor) to create embryos, and a healthy embryo is then transferred to the partner’s uterus. An additional step known as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is commonly performed prior to transfer in order to test the embryos for genetic abnormalities and identify the healthiest embryo for transfer.
Choosing RMA of New York at CareMount for Reciprocal IVF
For the past 20 years, RMA of New York has helped build LGBTQ+ families across the New York area. We understand the challenges of building your family using third-party reproduction and help you optimize your chances for pregnancy success. RMA of New York at CareMount provides the expertise, technology, research, and resources needed to help ensure that your future family is in the best of hands. No matter the path needed to achieve your family-building goals, you can count on our team to be in your corner every step of the way.
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