Donor sperm IUI for lesbian patients helps same-sex female couples build a family
Tennessee fertility doctors at our clinic often use donor sperm IUI for lesbian patients to support women in fulfilling the dream of motherhood. IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is an ideal option for lesbian couples who want the same partner to provide the eggs and carry the pregnancy.
IUI with donor sperm for lesbians involves a doctor using a catheter to inject donor sperm into the uterus of the patient at the time of ovulation. An IUI works best for women with a healthy ovarian reserve (egg supply).
Selecting the ideal sperm donor
The process of donor sperm IUI for lesbian patients begins with the selection of the sperm donor.
Accessing high-quality sperm donors. Our clinic can recommend sperm banks that carefully screen their sperm donors. This screening involves genetic testing and a comprehensive physical exam. A specialist also tests the donor’s blood and urine and reviews their medical and sexual history. In addition, all potential sperm donors go through a criminal background check.
Confirming sperm health. Before a man can donate, a specialist analyzes his sperm. This analysis helps confirm the man has healthy sperm that can provide the best chance that donor sperm IUI for lesbian patients results in a healthy pregnancy.
Browsing donor profiles. After the couple determines their criteria for their sperm donor, they can review the donor profiles. These profiles include photos of the donors, in addition to information about the donor’s education, ethnicity, interests, personality and appearance.
Following donor selection, lesbian patients move through the next phase of IUI with donor sperm with the support of our Tennessee fertility doctors.
The medical process of donor sperm IUI for lesbian patients
After the patients choose their sperm donor, our clinic guides them through each step of the journey that hopefully ends in the birth of a healthy baby.
Sperm preparation. Before the doctor transfers donor sperm into the woman’s uterus, a lab specialist separates the semen from the seminal fluid.
Tracking ovulation. The woman prepares for the next phase of IUI with donor sperm for lesbians by tracking her ovulation using an ovulation prediction kit. In some cases, the doctor recommends the woman take ovulation induction medication to support the growth of her eggs.
Insemination. The day after the woman likely ovulates, the doctor transfers the donor sperm into her uterus using a catheter. This is a simple process that often involves little to no discomfort.
Pregnancy test. The woman receives a pregnancy test at our clinic 10 to 14 days after the insemination.
IUI with donor sperm for lesbians is an effective path to motherhood for many same-sex female couples. The care the Tennessee fertility doctors at our clinic provide helps increase the chance that this fertility treatment option is successful. Contact us for more information about IUI with donor sperm for lesbians.
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