Fertility treatment and IVF options for lesbian couples

If you are part of a same-sex couple and are looking to start your family, CREATE can help. Over the years we’ve supported many lesbian couples trying for a baby, and have different options available to suit your individual circumstances. Starting a family is a joyous occasion and we will endeavour to make the journey through treatment as smooth as possible.

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Treatment options

The treatments we tend to offer to same-sex couples are intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and IVF.

IUI is a process whereby the donor sperm is inserted directly into the uterus at the most fertile point of a woman's natural cycle. Find out more about IUI.

IVF is when the eggs are removed from the body and fertilised in the laboratory before being placed in the womb as embryos. At CREATE we take a more natural approach to IVF and offer only Natural and Mild IVF protocols, which are designed to work with your body within your natural cycle and use only a minimal amount of drugs. Find out more about Natural IVF.

For more information, please contact us to book an initial consultation and scan.


✔ Safe and natural treatment

Most of the same-sex couples who attend the clinic are not experiencing fertility issues and don’t need intensive medical intervention. At CREATE we are careful of not giving unnecessary treatment, and have a long track record of providing safe successful treatment.

Our Natural and Mild IVF services are designed to work with your body and mimic natural conception as much as possible. The low intensity nature means that treatment can fit around your lifestyle and side effects are greatly reduced.

✔ We involve both partners

Both partners should be involved in IVF treatmentWe understand that both partners wish to be fully involved in the treatment process. Often both partners wish to be scanned, as the results may determine which partner’s eggs are used for the treatment. This can be easily arranged, with back to back scans and a joint consultation.

If you wish to have one partner donate their eggs and another carry the embryos, this can also be supported.

✔ We have our own sperm bank

We have our own donor sperm bank at CREATE, where you can choose from a selection of donors. One of our nurses will go through the available donors with you and help to match you with a suitable donor. We have details of the eye, hair and eye colour of the donor as well as their education, and we will endeavour to match you with a donor that has similar characteristics to yourselves if you so wish. 

Alternatively you can choose to use donor sperm from an external bank or from a known donor; we can help to refer you to other sperm banks if necessary. Find out more about treatment using donor sperm.

✔ Treatment is more affordable

Because we use fewer drugs, the cost is reduced compared with conventional IVF. An independent study found we had the lowest cost per baby in London

✔ 3 Cycle Packages

We offer 3 cycle packages that greatly reduce the cost and increase your chances of taking home a baby.

✔ Excess embryos can be frozen for future use

Any embryos of suitable quality that are not used in treatment can be frozen and stored for future use.

For more information, please contact us to book an initial consultation and scan

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PhD Dr Stasinou graduated from Medical School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2003. She completed a Master of Science Degree in “....