For Lesbians

At Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology (CRE), we are committed to helping lesbian couples who want their own biological children. Success with this process depends on a number of factors, including the health and fertility of the woman, the quality of the donated sperm, and the skill and experience of the doctors and embryologists overseeing the procedures.

CRE works closely with agencies that adhere to the highest screening standards for sperm donors, egg donation, and gestational carriers. These standards ensure the highest medical safety and protect patients from potential infectious and legal complications.

Family Building for Lesbian Women

Intrauterine insemination with donor sperm

Intrauterine insemination with donor sperm is by far the most common method of conception used by lesbian couples, as their issue is generally that there is no available sperm source. Sperm donors can be either known or anonymous. Either way, the process is regulated by the government (through the FDA) to ensure the safety of those receiving the sperm.

The FDA requires that sperm donors be screened for specific infectious diseases within 7 days of collecting the sample intended for donation. The sample is processed, cryopreserved (frozen), and quarantined for 6 months before it can be used. The donor must then be rechecked for the same infectious diseases after the 6 months has lapsed. If he is still negative for the tested infectious diseases, the sperm can be released for use. These governmental regulations apply to all sperm donors, whether it is a known donor or an anonymous donor. We can help you decide which type of donor best meets your needs and assist you through the process of obtaining the sample.

After a donor is selected and the sperm is tested, intrauterine insemination is a simple procedure for getting pregnant. A thin, flexible catheter is passed through the vagina and cervix and the semen is deposited at the top of the uterus.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

If a couple was unable to conceive either using intrauterine insemination or because her fallopian tubes are blocked, in-vitro fertilization offers another option for pregnancy. The process involves stimulating a woman’s ovaries to obtain multiple eggs, removing the eggs from her body, and fertilizing the eggs with sperm in the lab to create embryos. The embryos are cultured in the lab under very careful conditions to allow them to grow. After 3-5 days, the embryos are transferred into the uterus of the woman who will carry and give birth to the baby.