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Reciprocal IVF

IVF treatments for same-sex female couples.

What is reciprocal IVF?

Shared motherhood and reciprocal IVF is a treatment for same-sex female couples who want to have a baby with the help of a sperm donor. As the majority of same-sex female couples seeking fertility treatment are not infertile, they have good chances of pregnancy success with our IUI package, using donor sperm. However, the limitation of this treatment means that only one partner can be biologically involved with the conception and pregnancy.

With our Shared Motherhood IVF package, both partners can be part of the process, enabling a truly shared journey right from conception. One partner donates the eggs to be fertilised with the donor sperm to create embryos, with the other partner carrying the baby.

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Egg collection
Treatment begins with one partner undergoing an egg collection cycle.
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Eggs are fertilised
Once the eggs have been collected from the ovaries at the optimal time, they are fertilised using the couple’s choice of donor sperm in our laboratory.
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Embryo transfer
After fertilisation, one of the resulting embryos is then inserted into the uterus of the other partner for conception.
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Equal parts of the process
This means that both partners have an equal and important part in the process – one as the ‘biological mother’ and one as the ‘birth mother’.
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Pregnancy test
Usually 2 weeks following the embryo transfer.

Checking your fertility can help decide which partner takes which role

It is up to the couple as to whether they'd like to use their eggs or carry the baby. Our specialists can help to carry out our fertility diagnostics, which will help you to decide which partner donates their eggs, and which partner will carry the baby. Factors that may affect your decision include age, ovarian reserve, and the presence of any fertility issues.

Total cost: £9,995

All inclusive cost. No surprises.

Works best for...

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Lesbian couples

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LGBTQ+ couples

Same-sex female couples

Usual Patient Profile

You are a good candidate for IVF if you meet any of the following critera:

Lesbian couples looking to become mothers and involve both women in the conception process. In Shared Motherhood, one mother provides the egg (also known as the ‘biological mother’ in this process), while the other carries the embryo through pregnancy and delivery (‘birth mother’).

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Book a free consultation with a fertility advisor

Our approach is different

All inclusive pricing and as much at-home care as possible.

Our costs may look higher. But, you won’t get any surprises.

All-inclusive pricing for treatment means that the quoted price covers everything, including medications, monitoring, procedures, and any other necessary services.

You won't get any surprises or hidden costs later on. With other clinics, you may not include certain expenses upfront, so you could end up paying more than you expected.

Total cost: £9,995

All inclusive cost. No surprises.

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Everything included, from appointments to medication

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No unexpected payments

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What's included?

This package includes all of the medical necessities that both mothers will need for a full IVF cycle.

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Treatment

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Routine screening blood tests

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Sedation

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Egg collection

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Embryology

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Embryo transfer for the birth mother

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Embryo transfer

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Blastocyst culture (as applicable)

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Freezing of embryos including 1 year of storage

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Monitoring

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Follicle tracking ultrasound scans for the biological mother (max. 6 stimulation scans included)

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Hormone monitoring blood tests for both mothers (max. 6 fertility blood tests - OEST, LH, PROG - included)

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Endometrial thickness ultrasound scans for the birth mother (max. 4 scans included)

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Pregnancy blood test for the birth mother

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Early pregnancy ultrasound scan (as applicable) for the birth mother

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Consultations

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Treatment planning consultation

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Nurse consultation

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Supportive counselling

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Follow up consultation (as applicable)

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Medications

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Down-regulation (if required)

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Stimulation medication (if required)

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Bespoke journey

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Blood test at home with self kit or at an Apricity partner clinic

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Ultrasound at a partner clinic

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Telephone consultations

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Online consultations (when possible)

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Drug delivery at work, home or other location of your choice

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7/7 Support

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Fertility Advisor available 7 days a week during extended hours

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App

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Offers medically certified guidance on fertility assessment, information on treatment, videos and other helpful medical content

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Frequently asked questions

What one full cycle means

A full IVF cycle consists of one episode of ovarian stimulation followed by egg collection for the biological mother and one transfer event of resultant embryo(s) for the gestational mother.

What's included

Differently from all other fertility clinics, we have included the fees associated with the below medications in our treatment packages;

Down regulation and Ovarian Stimulation-

Buserelin, Suprecur

Decapeptyl, Prostap, Synarel/Nafarelin (Nasal Spray)

Fyremadel and Cetrotide injections

Norethisterone, Contraceptive pill

Oestrogen pill and Oestrogen patches

GonalF, Bemfola, Menopur, Meriofert

Gonasi, Ovitrelle

Luteal support-

Progesterone pessaries and tablets (Cyclogest and Utrogestan)

Oestrogen tablets or patches

Your Apricity Clinician will always select the best treatment protocol for you to maximise your chances.  Your treatment protocol will determine which medication you are advised to take.  You will not necessarily be required to take all of the medication that is included in your treatment package and you may be advised to take medication that is not included in your treatment package.

What’s not included

Donor Sperm

The package does not include donor sperm. This is something that Semovo, our trusted partner and UK-based sperm bank, can help with. We do accept donor sperm from a selection of other reputable sperm banks - please contact our team if you wish to use another sperm bank.


Other


The HFEA considers that there isn't enough evidence to support the efficacy of some "add-on" treatments such as time-lapse imaging or PGS, which is why we do not include them in our standard pricing packages. We also do not include non-routine tests such as Natural Killer Cells or DNA fragmentation, although if required we would be happy to arrange them for you at additional cost.


In some cases, your consultant may prescribe additional medications on an individual basis to address specific concerns, for example, preventing blood clotting.

Some of these may not be included in your treatment package and would therefore be subject to additional charges.

Pergoveris

Clexane and Aspirin

Trental

Steroids (eg prednisolone)

Thyroxine

Progesterone Injections (eg lubion or IM injections)

Refund Policy

If cycle is abandoned before egg collection refund due = £2000.


If cycle is abandoned after eggs have been collected and before embryo transfer refund due = £1500.


CONSULTATIONS:

If cancelled or rescheduled with more than 48 hours notice before your scheduled appointment, you will not be charged. If cancelled or rescheduled with less than 48 hours notice, you will be charged in full for the consultation.



Additional services

We are committed to providing a fertility journey based around your needs and preferences. Explore our additional services, which you can add to enhance your package upfront or any stage of your treatment.

Service

Blood Tests

At home with a nurse

Egg, Sperm & Embryo Storage

Per year, additional storage

Cost

+£222

+£360

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