Fertility Associates offers support and treatment options for same sex couples hoping to start a family.

Our doctors specialise in fertility, and many have gone on to gain a CREI (Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility). This is only available for doctors who are fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG). More on CREI

They have also helped many same sex couples achieve their dream to have a family.

Success rates

Fertility Associates has excellent success rates that are well above the American average, embryo for embryo.

We compare our success rates with clinics in the USA, as they have some of the highest pregnancy rates internationally and their clinic results are published with enough detail to allow accurate comparison. 

The graph below shows the chance of a single embryo giving rise to a baby at Fertility Associates compared to the USA average*, following fresh embryo transfer.

We used to compare our success rates with clinics in Australia, however this information is no longer available.

*We can’t compare pregnancy rates with the USA directly, because American clinics usually transfer two embryos at a time, unlike in New Zealand where we transfer one embryo at a time for the mother and child’s safety. 

Figure based on fresh embryo transfers in 2013 at Fertility Associates and reported by SART for the US.

Treatment options

For women in same sex relationships wanting to conceive with donor sperm:

IVF depends on well-controlled conditions to give eggs and sperm the highest chance of getting together to create a pregnancy. More 

 

  

As the name suggests, intra uterine insemination involves preparing sperm in the lab, then putting the best sperm directly into the uterus in a procedure that’s a bit like having a cervical smear. More 

Things to know:

  • You can choose either IVF or IUI with donor sperm, however with IVF the pregnancy rates are higher.
  • With IUI you are receiving a lower technology fertility treatment, therefore the cost is less than an IVF cycle.
  • For women aged over 40 years old we do recommend IVF, to give the best possible chance.

Accessing a sperm donor

There are two types of sperm donors at Fertility Associates, a personal donor, or a clinic recruited donor. A personal donor is a family member or a friend, that you may have asked before seeking treatment. A clinic donor is recruited by the clinic through advertising across the country.

The fastest option to starting treatment is through a personal donor, as we do have a waiting list to access clinic donors.

It is also important to understand the legalities involved which include the Status of Children Act and the Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004. Fertility clinics can also only store sperm for 10 years as part of the HART Act. Find more helpful information below.

Good to know for same sex couples:

  • You can both reserve sperm from the same sperm donor, if available.
  • If you want to provide an egg for your partner this is not classified as egg donation, therefore the preparation of egg donor does not apply, in the fees sheet.
  • If one person carries the embryo that has been created by the other person, this is not classified as surrogacy, therefore does not require an ethics application. 

Personal Donor

If you choose a personal donor, we will let the donor decide how fast he wants to progress through the various preparation steps.

We encourage personal donors to share information, including medical.

Independently of the clinic and during the process your personal donor may choose to donate to others families – we recommend you discuss this prior to treatment to reduce any misunderstanding. 

We also encourage the use of ICSI with IVF cycles using a personal donor, based on our results of achieving fertilisation and pregnancy.

 

Clinic Donor

All clinic donors meet the World Health Organisation criteria for having ‘normal semen’.  However, some men’s sperm survives the freezing and thawing process better than others, which means some donors are suitable for IUI, while some will require IVF treatment.  If you choose IVF cycle we will use ICSI as this helps the chance of fertilisation and pregnancy. This cost is built in to the fees.

If you don’t have a personal donor you can join the waiting list for a clinic donor.  We will talk you through the wait time and keep you updated. 

We do have a waiting list for clinic donors which varies depending on the amount of donors and their restrictions. Each donor can restrict their donation based on relationship status, and ethnicity is also a consideration for both donor and recipients.

Good to know:

  • You will be provided profiles of suitable donors, we will then reserve the sperm for you.
  • You don’t own the sperm – but it is reserved for you until you achieve a pregnancy or it is used up.

The best thing you can do is talk to us. 

There are many options for same sex couples, the best thing you can do to understand your options - is to book an appointment with our fertility specialists.  You don’t need a referral but if you prefer your GP can also refer you.

Book an appointment online here.

 

 

Dr Mary Birdsall, Chair & Fertility Specialist and Adele Miles, Nursing Director

Understanding your fertility

Age, weight, general health and past medical conditions can all impact fertility.  The sooner you understand your own chances, the better your chances with fertility treatment.

At your first appointment

At your first appointment you will meet your doctor, they will go through your medical history, answer any questions you may have and undertake necessary tests and scans.  They can also talk to you about accessing a donor and the waiting time involved.

Whatever your situation may be our team of fertility specialists are here to help – and if you have any questions along the way we also have a great resource with our Pathways booklet.  That outlines every step of fertility treatment involving a donor.

Many clinics make promises, but we put ourselves on the line with our Fertility Cover programme.

Just like nature, fertility treatment may take some time to achieve success. The chance of having a child after 1, 2, 3 or more cycles is called a cumulative pregnancy rate.

Our Fertility Cover programme gives you 3 chances to have a baby, with a 70% refund if you are unsuccessful. The programme has been going for 3 years, with 80% of people starting Fertility Cover having a baby.

Support every step of the way

  • Counselling

    Counselling

    Our counsellors are trained in fertility and can help with any difficult emotions or decisions that can arise when accessing a donor. Counselling before donor treatment is required for both donors and recipients.

  • Nutrition advice

    Nutrition advice

    Diet can impact pregnancy, and for many of our patients loosing weight can be a priority. At Fertility Associates we have an in-house Dietician, Rebecca Baskett who can help you create a diet plan to suit your fertility needs.

  • Relaxation, yoga & acupuncture

    Relaxation, yoga & acupuncture

    We have a range of relaxation activities available, and can provide a treatment plan to include acupuncture.