A searchable database of the laws, people, organizations, and litigation involved in sexual and reproductive health and justice in the United States. This Week in Sex is a weekly summary of news and research related to sexual behavior, sexuality education, contraception, STIs, and more. The technology involved is not new, but this couple used it in an innovative way that allowed them both to be involved in incubating the embryo and carrying the fetus. Many lesbian couples use reciprocal in vitro fertilization IVF.
Within the past few decades, the rising rates of IVF, gestational carriers and surrogates have provided new ways for families to form. Initially, Katie and Christina both considered intrauterine insemination IUI treatments using a sperm donor. But when they learned about reciprocal IVF, it immediately felt like the best option for them. As for the final component, Christina says they were able to find the ideal sperm donor for their family through an online bank—which made for another interesting experience. For example, the donor we chose has musical talents, similar to Katie.
This new fertility option for lesbian couples is amazing—and it’s called ‘shared motherhood’
Desiree, 32, longed for a baby so much she decided to co-parent with a gay man, Jamie, she had never met before. They are two of the 40, people registered to co-parenting dating sites in the UK who want to have a baby without romantic involvement. The postwoman revealed in documentary Pregnant and Platonic on BBC Two tonight that she hadn't met someone she wanted to start a family with, so decided to take matters into her own hands in order to have a child. So it's makes you do these things. It's now or never.
Granted, having babies as a same-sex couple or LGBT individual can be complicated. There are logistical issues, legal hurdles, and financial obstacles that heterosexual couples rarely consider or ever need to deal with. Just like heterosexual individuals, some LGBT people will face infertility on top of "situational" infertility. Further, intersex individuals some of whom identify with the LGBT community may be sterile or have diminished fertility.