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Planning a family as a lesbian couple

If you’re starting to feel the ticking of your biological clock and start squealing with delight any time you see a baby in the street, it may be time to start thinking about having children. There are several different options available to lesbian couples wanting to start a family and you need to discuss all the possibilities with your partner before deciding on what steps to take.

Choosing parenthood as a lesbian

Before beginning to plan a family, make sure it is what you and your partner both want. Children are a huge and permanent commitment and can be stressful on any couple. Lesbian couples are under particular stress due to the stigma that is still attached to homosexual relationships in society, so be sure your relationship is strong enough to handle this stress.

If you don’t have a partner but you’re dying for a baby, all is not lost. It is possible to go it alone, but you may first want to see if you can find that special someone to share the journey of parenthood with you. Don’t just hang around waiting to meet someone – lesbian dating sites can be a great way to meet other women who are also looking for long-term relationships and wanting to start a family.

Fertility options for lesbian couples

Obviously, it’s not possible for lesbian partners to become pregnant without outside help. Adoption is always an option that’s open to you but most couples these days choose to have their own children with the help of a sperm donor.

Sperm donations can be sourced from a donor that is known to you and your partner or from a sperm bank. While it may be daunting to accept an anonymous donation from a sperm bank, all samples are rigorously tested and STD free.

The two main options available are in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI). You should talk to a specialist fertility doctor before deciding on the best method and you also need to decide which of you will carry the baby.

IUI is usually the first course of action for healthy young women, with IVF open to you as a second option if you have difficulty falling pregnant. However if you both wish to play a physical part in the conception of your child, you may wish to consider reciprocal IVF, where one partner donates the egg and the other partner carries the pregnancy.

Motherhood is a wonderful experience that can strengthen your bond as a couple and with today’s technology, there is no need for lesbian couples to miss out on the joy of being a parent.

By Rachel Adnyana - May 2013


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