Conceiving a child is not always straight forward, whether you are gay or straight. Fertility support for lesbian couples is sometimes needed; as it is for heterosexual couples who are having trouble conceiving. There is no shame or anything else in seeking help in this situation; in fact it makes perfect sense. Lesbian couples have a number of options when they choose to have a child. They can contact a willing male friend to be the sperm donor and they can either use the ‘turkey baster’ method or contrive the insemination through other means.
Legally in America, they are not allowed to use fresh sperm for insemination, due to the risk of transmitting infectious diseases. The sperm must be frozen and quarantined for six months prior to insemination. In addition, the donor must be tested before he donates his sperm, and at the time of thawing it out for insemination, for HIV I & II, all STDs, Hepatitis B & C, and HTLV.
Frozen sperm rates show that only one in eight men will have sperm capable of withstanding the defrost process. The cost of testing, freezing and thawing donor sperm is also expensive; and with the sperm of a friend there is no guarantee that it will work. Fertility support for lesbian couples in America is still fairly discriminative. As insurers can demand proof of infertility before they will cover the costs involved in artificial insemination.
Success rates of turkey basting artificial insemination are very low, around less than five percent; in most cases repeated attempts are necessary. Another alternative is Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), using donor sperm under the guidance of an endocrinologist. The success rate of this technique can be as high as fifteen to twenty five percent; especially with Clomid helping ovulation. If all of these techniques fail repeatedly then IVF treatments are available. IVF is expensive, but it has high rates of success when compared with the processes already listed. The age of the woman wishing to conceive is also a major factor and must be taken into consideration.
There are a number of natural remedies and pharmaceuticals on the market designed to improve a woman’s fertility; and thus her ability to conceive. Infertility treatment advice can be sought from a number of medical specialist clinics in this field. Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Insemination (ICSI) is also available; and this is where an immature sperm is injected into an egg.