26 February 2019

What is mutual or reciprocal IVF?

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Complete Fertility

Mutual or reciprocal in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is becoming increasingly popular for same sex couples as it allows both partners to participate in the creation of their baby.

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So what does reciprocal IVF involve?

In the process of reciprocal IVF, one partner donates her eggs to the other, who will carry the pregnancy. Donor sperm is also required to fertilise the eggs.

The donating partner will need to take fertility medications to help her produce a number of mature eggs that will then be collected in an egg retrieval procedure. These eggs will then be inseminated with the selected donor sperm in an IVF laboratory.

The pregnancy carrying partner will have tests and undergo preparations so that her womb is ready for the fertilised egg, called an embryo.

A few days after insemination the best one or two embryos will be transferred to the receiving partner’s womb for implantation.

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What are your reciprocal IVF options

IVF treatment with eggs donated from your same sex partner

At Complete Fertility Centre the cost of this treatment is £6200.

It includes:
– Medical consent treatment consultation and nursing consultations
– Screening tests for donor and recipient and male partner if applicable
– Counselling
– Ultrasound scans
– Stimulation cycle for donor
– Semen preparation of partner sperm if applicable
– Blastocyst culture of embryos
– Embryo transfer for recipient
– Embryo freezing and storage for one year
– Pregnancy scan or follow up appointment within 3 months

Donor sperm is also required.
Donor sperm: 1 cycle £850, 3 cycles £1700

It excludes:
– HFEA Fee £80
– Drugs for donor and recipient £600 – £1500
– Embryoscope™ £350
– IVF with donor sperm and partner to partner sharing

IVF egg sharing with a same sex partner and an anonymous recipient

If you would like to donate half of your eggs to your same sex partner and the other half to an anonymous recipient, we can offer you a highly affordable all inclusive egg-sharing package.

At Complete Fertility Centre the cost of this treatment is £500.

It includes:
– Medical consent treatment consultation and nursing consultations
– Screening tests for donor, known recipient and male partner if applicable
– Counselling
– Stimulation cycle for donor
– Semen preparation of partner sperm if applicable
– Egg retrieval
– Attempted fertilisation of at least 4 eggs
– Scans and preparation for known recipient
– Pregnancy scan or follow up appointment within 3 months
– All drugs for donor and known recipient
– Blastocyst culture of embryos
– HFEA Fee £80

You will require the use of donated sperm too.
Donor sperm: 1 cycle £850, 3 cycles £1700

Extras if required:
– Half price embryo freeze and storage for 1 year £275
– Half price frozen embryo transfer if not pregnant from 1st cycle and within 6 months of treatment £725
– Embryoscope £350

See our price list for more information.