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How does reciprocal or two-mom IVF work?

By Rebeca Jiménez Alfaro.
Last Update: 09/21/2018

Reciprocal or just lesbian IVF is a type of IVF with ICSI that has been created exclusively for lesbian couples with a desire to start a family. Moreover, both of them can participate actively in the pregnancy—one contributes the egg, while the others carries the baby until birth.

In particular, the treatment is made up of two parts, each woman participating in one:

Woman who contributes the genetic material
She undergoes IVF ovarian stimulation and goes through follicular puncture (egg retrieval).
Woman who bears the pregnancy
She receives the resulting embryos after fertilization in the lab using donor sperm, and carries the baby until birth.

Both women have to take hormonal medications: woman A for ovarian stimulation, and woman B for endometrial preparation.

Suggested for you: Baby Options for Lesbian Couples with Donor Sperm and What Is Reciprocal IVF? – Everything Lesbian Couples Need to Know.

 Rebeca Jiménez Alfaro
Rebeca Jiménez Alfaro
MD, MSc
Gynecologist
Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the University of Murcia, with specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Master's Degree in Human Reproduction by the King Juan Carlos University and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Currently, she is part of the medical team of the clinic Tahe Fertilidad.
License: 303009153
Gynecologist. Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the University of Murcia, with specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Master's Degree in Human Reproduction by the King Juan Carlos University and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Currently, she is part of the medical team of the clinic Tahe Fertilidad. License: 303009153.
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