The London Women’s Clinic is often described as the fertility clinic of choice for single women and same sex couples. We have been treating lesbian couples and single women hoping to start a family for more than 10 years, and indeed we were one of the very first clinics in the UK to do so. In this time we have helped more than 2000 single and lesbian women in their wish to have healthy babies. Our caring and supportive medical staff are committed to offering all our patients the best chance of having a baby.
Most lesbian and single women seeking fertility treatment are not infertile. So their chances of success are good. The usual first-line treatment is intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm. Our sister company the London Sperm Bank is able to provide all our patients with closely matched donor sperm with little wait. Donors come from a wide range of ethnic, educational and social backgrounds and all have been carefully screened. Information about donors can be seen in the LSB’s online catalogue.
Egg-sharing was pioneered by consultants at the London Women's Clinic more than 20 years ago and partners to share the motherhood experience through intra-couple egg donation. By using IVF, one parent donates an egg to her partner and is the ‘biological mother’, whilst the other parent carries the baby in her uterus and experiences the pregnancy as the ‘birth mother’. This enables motherhood to be a shared experience right from conception.
While lesbian and single women in the UK have the same rights of parenthood as others, we still recommend appropriate legal advice prior to treatment. This will hopefully prevent any future difficulties arising regarding parenthood and citizenship. Indeed, the legal implications of conceiving with donor sperm can be complex, particularly for single women and same sex couples. We have prepared a free special booklet of legal advice. If you would like to receive a free copy please get in touch with us using the form provided.
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