Services for Women
Cardone Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CRMI) welcomes lesbians and single women who want to use our services for intrauterine inseminations with donor sperm. To ensure the maximize chances for success, we recommend an evaluation that includes blood hormone levels, ultrasounds and a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), which is an x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus. If these results are normal, we will proceed with the insemination. We work closely with several sperm banks, including:
The insemination involves placing a fraction of prepared sperm into the uterine cavity via a catheter. Chances of success are maximized by ovulation induction with fertility medications. We carefully monitor this process with blood work and ultrasounds to prevent a condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) that can increase the risk of multiple births as well as cause complications. Additionally the monitoring allows us to adjust medications, if necessary, and to schedule the insemination.
If Infertility is Found
Most female same sex or single prospective parents will not have an infertility problem. However, the screening process or a series of unsuccessful intrauterine inseminations might reveal a previously unknown infertility issue that could necessitate using IVF or donor eggs in addition to donor sperm.
We also offer reciprocal IVF, where one partner provides the eggs and the other carries the baby. The women may or may not have infertility, but this procedure gives both of them the opportunity to share in the family building experience.
For more information about these procedures, please read the following sections:
• In vitro fertilization
• Egg donation