Using donor sperm and embryo transfer for a same sex couple
For same sex couples or individuals, IVF treatment with donor program is the only way they can create a family of their own. There are many considerations involved.
Using Donor Sperm for IVF
Lisa is 34 and Jane is 36, and they have been in a relationship together for five years.
They have both always known they wanted to have a child together, and decide that they would like Jane to be implanted with embryos from Lisa’s eggs. After considering the implications of asking their friends, they also decide to use an anonymous sperm donor provided by the IVF clinic
Having heard that IVFAustralia has one of the most comprehensive donor programs in Australia and a much shorter waiting list than other clinics, they make an appointment with a Fertility Specialist who organises screening blood tests for both partners.
They meet with the nurses and administrative staff, and have two counselling sessions.
Fertility Treatment Considerations
Same sex female couples will need donor sperm or eggs to conceive their baby, and they can decide whether they want to ask a friend to help them or use an anonymous donor.
Lisa and Jane’s specialist explains they can expect a 50% to 85% chance of falling pregnant within a 3 month period via IVF using fresh and frozen embryos.
They have an appointment with the Fertility Nurse to discuss all details of their upcoming treatment. They then choose from a series of sperm donor profiles, and Jane begins her first cycle of IVF treatment.
Lisa’s eggs are collected in a simple procedure at our Day Hospital in Greenwich, and are then fertilised with the donor sperm. The resulting embryo is then placed back into Jane’s uterus five days later, in a procedure called an embryo transfer at the same hospital.
Two weeks later Jane has a pregnancy test at her nearest IVFAustralia clinic, and the results are positive. She and Lisa are now on their journey to motherhood together.
Typical Costs for IVF using Donor Sperm
Using donor sperm for your IVF treatment incurs the cost of an IVF or ICSI cycle plus the access charge to cover the expenses involved in preparation and testing of the donor. Read more about the costs of using a donor...
Remember it is very important to note, that under Australian law, Medicare Benefits, including Medicare support for infertility care, are only payable for defined medical conditions. In the absence of a defined medical condition, you will be liable for the full cost, including medications, of the IVF. This can be up to $12,000 depending on circumstances.
Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan, the Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund. If you’d like to find out more, speak with our experienced team by calling 1800 111 483.
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