Co-IVF, co-maternity, and reciprocal IVF are all terms used to describe a fertility treatment option for lesbian (or trans men) couples that allows both partners to be intimately involved in the child creation process. In co-IVF, one partner undergoes ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval, and the other partner undergoes an embryo transfer. This means that one partner is the genetic mother of the child, and the other partner is the gestational mother.
The terms co-IVF and co-maternity are often used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference between them. Co-IVF is a more general term that refers to any situation where two partners are involved in the IVF process, regardless of their specific roles. Co-maternity, on the other hand, is a more specific term that refers to a situation where both partners are both genetically and gestationally related to the child.
Reciprocal IVF is a type of co-IVF where the partners switch roles. In reciprocal IVF, one partner is the genetic mother in the first pregnancy, and the other partner is the gestational mother. Then, in the second pregnancy, the roles are reversed. This allows both partners to experience both pregnancy and having a genetic connection to a child.
Reciprocal IVF is a safe and effective fertility treatment option. However, it is important to note that it is not without risks. Some of the risks associated with reciprocal IVF include:
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Birth defects
It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of reciprocal IVF with your doctor before making a decision.
At EDI, we believe in assisting all our clients and egg donors through every step of the process. We will guide you from the beginning of the matching process and see you through to the egg retrieval. We are committed to providing you with the highest possible service that best fits your needs to help begin your dream family.
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