Donor sperm IUI for lesbians can be a simple way to become a mother
Many patients have heard of artificial insemination or intrauterine insemination as well as sperm donation. However, not everyone realizes that donor sperm IUI for lesbians is one of the most common family-building options for same-sex female couples. Texas Fertility Center proudly supports members of the LGBTQ community by offering options like IUI with donor sperm to help make parenthood possible.
What does donor sperm IUI for lesbians involve?
Before you get started with this fertility treatment, you will meet with an Austin fertility doctor at TFC. Both you and your partner, if you have one, will discuss your medical and reproductive histories. Your doctor will want to know about your medical conditions, menstrual cycle and past pregnancies.
Together, you will also discuss whether you or your partner wants to carry the pregnancy. Basic female fertility testing can also help determine which of you is the best candidate for donor sperm IUI for lesbians.
The next step of IUI with donor sperm is selecting a sperm donor. Most patients select an anonymous donor from a sperm bank because these men have undergone rigorous medical screening and background checks. However, some women ask someone they know to be their donor. Our team will be happy to work with you, regardless of which option you and your partner select.
After picking a sperm donor, the treatment itself can begin. Depending on the test results, your Austin fertility doctor will either recommend an IUI cycle with fertility medication or one without. Either way, you or your partner will come to our office around the time of ovulation. This is when the doctor will perform the actual procedure.
Donor sperm IUI for lesbians is a simple outpatient procedure. You or your partner will lie on an exam table before the physician places a speculum into the vagina. He or she will then use a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) to place the donor sperm through the vagina and cervix and into the uterine cavity. About two weeks later, the doctor will order a pregnancy test to determine whether the procedure was a success.
Start your family-building journey today
When you visit an Austin fertility doctor at TFC, you can count on receiving personalized treatment and compassionate support. Our team will be there to answer all your questions and make sure that your journey to motherhood is as stress-free as possible.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about IUI with donor sperm.
LGBT Fertility Stories
Meg & Machin's Story
We always felt comfortable as a lesbian couple, and appreciated the humor, sensitivity, knowledge and understanding that the whole TFC staff extended to us.
Shannon & Beth's Story
Our fertility journey started in 2011. I was 33 at the time and had an overwhelming sense of wanting to be a mother.