Lesbian fertility testing helps same-sex female couples take the next step towards motherhood
Our Tennessee fertility doctors use lesbian fertility testing to help many women build a healthy family. In most cases, both women undergo testing so that the doctor can assess the health of each partner’s uterus and ovaries. The doctor also gathers information about each partner’s ovarian reserve. This testing can reveal whether either woman has fertility challenges. It also helps the doctor determine which fertility treatments to recommend.
Effective types of lesbian fertility testing
Lesbian fertility testing often begins with the doctor evaluating the patients’ medical history and the results of past fertility treatments. Following this evaluation, the doctor recommends various fertility tests.
Transvaginal ultrasound. An ultrasound allows our Tennessee fertility doctors to assess the shape and size of the uterus, discover any uterine abnormalities and evaluate the woman’s ovarian reserve. Doctors typically recommend an ultrasound for both women, as this can help determine who should provide the eggs, and who should carry the pregnancy.
Bloodwork. Fertility specialists use blood tests to evaluate a woman’s ovarian reserve and reproductive hormone levels.
Preconception genetic screening. Genetic testing can uncover whether either woman carries any inheritable genetic conditions. This screening can help the doctor determine which woman should provide eggs and whether the women want to utilize preimplantation genetic screening.
The knowledgeable team at our clinic helps women decide which tests to receive and when to schedule them.
What happens after we receive fertility test results?
After the doctor evaluates the results of the lesbian fertility testing, they help the couple determine which treatment will best help them reach their family-building goals.
When one of the women has a healthy ovarian reserve and uterus, the doctor will likely recommend IUI or IVF with donor sperm.
- IUI consists of the doctor using a catheter to inject donor sperm into the uterus of one of the women.
- During IVF, the doctor retrieves eggs from one of the women and sends the eggs to the lab. There, an embryologist fertilizes them with donor sperm. The doctor then transfers one of the resulting embryos into the woman’s uterus.
Some lesbian couples opt for reciprocal IVF, which consists of one woman providing the eggs, and the other carrying the pregnancy.
The Tennessee fertility doctors at our clinic provide high-quality support throughout the fertility treatment process. Their goal is to ensure that the couple has the best chance of taking home a healthy baby. Contact us to learn more about our fertility services.
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