Reciprocal IVF, otherwise known as "the ROPA Method" or "Shared Motherhood" is a form of assisted reproductive technology for same-sex female couples. Usually, one of the couple provides the egg, while the other carried the child to term. This way, both parents are able to be part of the pregnancy experience. The IVF procedure involves combining an egg with a donor sperm sample in a laboratory and then transferring it back into the female's uterus.
An IVF cycle lasts typically around 6 weeks. This doesn’t mean you have to spend 6 weeks away from home. Some initial tests and part of the treatment can be done at home, leaving you the option to only be physically at the clinic for egg retrieval, fertilization and embryo transfer, which will take approximately 7 to 10 days.
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In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure which involves fertilizing the egg of a female outside the human body. Instead of sperm fertilizing the egg within the uterus, fertilization takes place in laboratory conditions, and the resultant embryo is then implanted in the woman's uterus. The process is commonly used in cases where women are unable to conceive naturally, which could be due to conditions like endometriosis, damaged fallopian tubes or simply unexplained infertility. IVF is also used in cases where men suffer from low sperm count or sperm motility.
1. First consultation with a specialist to assess your individual case and treatment possibility. This can either be in person, or via phone or video call.
2. Preparation of the egg donor with IVF The patient will be given hormone injections to stimulate oocyte production
3. Egg Retrieval As with the standard IVF process, the patient will undergo a follicular aspiration procedure to retrieve the eggs from the ovaries. This procedure is not painful, however requires that the patient go under anesthesia.
4. Fertilization & Embryo Cultivation The eggs are fertilized in vitro with donor sperm, and are monitored in the laboratory. After a few days of growth, a number of embryos or blastocycts are selected to be transferred into the uterus of the patient who will carry the child.
5. Embryo Transfer The embryo(s) are transferred into the uterus of the patient who will carry the child. This is a short, painless procedure.