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Reciprocal IVF

OC Fertility® + OC Biogenix® -  - Fertility Clinic

OC Fertility® + OC Biogenix®

Fertility Clinic located in Newport Beach, CA

For too long, lesbian couples have had to choose which one of them would get to experience the miracle of pregnancy first-hand. Now, thanks to medical advances, they can both participate through reciprocal in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sharon Moayeri, MD, and Nidhee Sachdev, MD, offer reciprocal IVF through the leading-edge lab at OC Fertility® + OC Biogenix® in Newport Beach, California. If you and your partner are interested in reciprocal IVF, call the office or make an appointment online today.

Reciprocal IVF Q & A

What is in vitro fertilization for same-sex female couples?

OC Fertility offers in vitro fertilization or IVF to people who can’t get pregnant the traditional way, such as same-sex female couples. For these women, OC Fertility also offers reciprocal IVF.

During standard IVF, the biological mother or egg donor works with OC Fertility to complete ovulation induction treatment. Once a mature egg is ready, their doctor retrieves the egg, places it in a culture dish, and fertilizes it with washed sperm, which increases the chances of successful fertilization. 

After fertilization and any genetic testing the parents may want, their doctor places the embryo in the uterus of the woman who will carry the child. 

OC Fertility has a state-of-the-art IVF lab. This allows them to perform the entire process under the careful supervision of their expert team, giving you the best chance of a healthy pregnancy. 

Historically, the same woman in a same-sex couple who donates the egg for IVF has then carried the resulting embryo. But the team at OC Fertility offers a different path to same-sex female couples who want both partners to participate in the miracle of pregnancy.

What is reciprocal IVF?

During reciprocal IVF, one woman donates the egg. She completes ovulation induction with the OC Fertility team, allowing them to retrieve one or more mature eggs. 

After OC Fertility fertilizes the egg with donor sperm, they transfer the resulting embryo to the second woman’s uterus. She then carries the baby resulting from her partner’s egg, allowing both women to play a role in the process. 

What does reciprocal IVF require?

When you choose reciprocal IVF, both you and your partner undergo treatment to give you the best chance at a healthy pregnancy. The woman donating the egg may take specific medication during ovulation induction to encourage her body to produce mature eggs on a specific timeline. 

The woman carrying the baby may also complete hormone treatment to ready her uterus for the pregnancy. 

If you and your partner are interested in reciprocal IVF, talk to the team at OC Fertility about this option. They let you know what to expect throughout the process and can help you decide if reciprocal IVF is right for you. 

To learn more about reciprocal IVF, call the office or book an appointment online today.