Same Sex Couples

We understand the unique considerations and choices that gay couples face when building their families, and we’re here to provide comprehensive information on the diverse fertility options available.

From assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and surrogacy to the possibilities of adoption and co-parenting, our goal is to offer support, insights, and a roadmap tailored to the specific needs and aspirations of each couple.

What Options Are Available For Gay Couples?

Gay couples have several fertility options available to help them build their families. Here are common approaches:

1 - ICSI

ICSI is a specialised form of IVF where a single sperm is directly injected into an egg, particularly beneficial in cases of male factor infertility.

ICSI is essential if there is any doubt that fertilisation of an egg may not occur. It is frequently used in conjunction with IVF, especially for any male factor issues but is not exclusively used for male factor problems.

IUI involves placing sperm directly into the uterus to enhance the chances of fertilization. This option is suitable for lesbian couples who choose to have one partner carry the pregnancy.

Gay couples may use egg donation from a known or anonymous donor. The egg is fertilized with sperm through IVF or ICSI, and the resulting embryo is transferred to a gestational carrier.

Surrogacy involves a woman carrying a pregnancy on behalf of another couple. Gay male couples may use a surrogate, and the embryo can be created through IVF using one partner’s sperm and a donor egg.

Adoption is a non-biological option where couples can choose to adopt a child, providing a loving home for a child in need.

Shared motherhood, often referred to as reciprocal IVF, is a fertility treatment option designed for lesbian couples who both want to participate in the biological aspects of creating a family. In shared motherhood, one partner provides the eggs for fertilization through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and the other partner carries the pregnancy.

How Can I Find Out if I am a Suitable Candidate for These Treatments?

You can contact us by phone, email or through our appointment form below. We also accept GP referrals.


Transportation of Gametes

Keith Trower MA is the former CEO of Aeromedevac Ireland Ltd, the Irish-based air ambulance, responsible for internationally accredited medical courier transfers of human tissue.  To support egg donation programmes provided by fertility clinics, Aeromedevac was approved for transportation of human tissue by commercial airliner by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) , Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and major airlines such as Aer Lingus, British Airways and Lufthansa. 

As part of his remit, Keith was responsible for overseas medical repatriation services for some 2.2 million PPP healthcare members involving over 250 repatriations by air ambulance every year.

Keith and his team have a wide experience are an independent group and provide valuable inter-clinic transfer knowledge and skill.

We at FIVF will direct you to their services if you require them at any time.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q1: How Do I Schedule an Initial Consultation?

A: To schedule an initial consultation, please contact our clinic directly via phone, email, or through our appointment request form. You may also ask your general practitioner or healthcare provider for a referral.

A: We offer a range of fertility services, including but not limited to IVF, IUI, egg freezing, and donor programs. Our experienced team will guide you through the available options based on your individual needs.

A: Infertility can result from various factors. If you’ve been actively trying to conceive for a year (or six months if you’re over 35) without success, or if you have known fertility issues, it’s advisable to seek consultation. Both partners should undergo initial assessments to determine the cause.

A: The process varies based on the chosen treatment, but generally involves an initial consultation, diagnostic testing, personalized treatment planning, and, if needed, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI. Our team will guide you through each step.

A: Our team can discuss available financing options, and we recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand coverage details.

As of 2023, patients may avail of publicly funded IVF, IUI, or ICSI treatments through the HSE if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

A: Success rates can vary based on individual circumstances. During your consultation, we will provide you with personalized information based on your medical history and the specific treatment plan.

A: We welcome both couples and single individuals seeking fertility assistance. Our team provides support and guidance to individuals with diverse family-building goals.

A: Fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging, and the physical aspects vary. Our team is committed to providing compassionate care and support throughout your fertility journey.

A: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can positively impact fertility. Our team will provide guidance on factors such as nutrition, exercise, and stress management to optimize your chances of conception.

A: Patient confidentiality is a top priority. We adhere to strict privacy standards, and all information shared with our clinic is kept confidential.


We Offer High Success Rates!

With both frozen and fresh embryo transfer options available, we tailor our approach to suit each individual’s needs, maximising the chances of conception. Find our more about how our dedicated team of experts utilizes cutting-edge technology and personalised care to achieve outstanding results.


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