Lesbian couples have multiple options available to build a family together. If both partners want to experience carrying a baby, the first decision is determining which partner will try first, followed by selecting the sperm donor. Often, couples opt to use the same male donor and plan to have a child with their own eggs. This option is cost-effective and requires less medical intervention. However, if one partner prefers not to carry or is unable to, but still wants a genetic connection with the child, reciprocal IVF is an increasingly popular option. With this method, one partner provides the eggs, and the other partner carries the pregnancy. This option allows both partners to be physically involved in the pregnancy, enhancing emotional involvement and connection to the process.
Based on your needs, your physician will explore with you whether Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the best option.