Dr. Sonja Kristiansen and the staff of the Houston Fertility Center believe that all couples deserve the opportunity to reach their goals of becoming parents. We are proud to offer several LGBT family building services at our Houston, TX, clinic, including reciprocal IVF or INVOcell for lesbian partners. During a consultation, we can determine if this approach is right for you.
Determining Your Best Way Forward
During traditional reciprocal IVF, eggs are harvested from one partner and fertilized in a laboratory with donor sperm. Next, the embryos are placed into the other partner’s uterus. We are pleased to also offer reciprocal INVOcell . Both partners are able to "carry" the embryos. Eggs are harvested from one partner. Those eggs are placed with the donor sperm in the INVOcell device and put back into this partner to incubate for five days. After five days, the INVOcell device is removed and the healthy embryos are frozen. The second partner is prepared for a frozen embryo transfer and the healthy embryos are transferred to this partner's uterus for implantation.
To allow for the highest chances of a successful pregnancy, a number of factors are considered:
- The age of each partner
- Any previous infertility issues
- The overall health of each partner
Dr. Kristiansen will fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of every option to ensure that you are completely comfortable with every decision you make, as well as the overall approach of your customized treatment plan. If neither partner is determined to be a good candidate to carry the child, we can help you find a surrogate. We work with the best agencies in the country, including Prime Genetics, which conduct intensive screenings to connect hopeful parents with outstanding surrogates capable of helping to realize dreams of parenthood.
Since founding the Houston Fertility Center in 1996, Dr. Kristiansen has been overseeing successful fertility treatments, including IVF and surrogacy, for many kinds of families.
Another key decision in your reciprocal IVF/INVOcell experience is whether a sperm specimen from a national sperm bank will be used, or if it will be provided by a known donor, such as a friend or family member. The disadvantage of choosing a donor you know personally is that a family member or friend might insist on being a part of the child’s life, even if they did not initially. If you choose to use sperm from an anonymous donor, we partner with several exceptional labs, including Fairfax Cryobank and California Cryobank, that conduct detailed screenings and follow strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines in order to help patients achieve the best outcomes possible.