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Becoming a Parent with Coastal Fertility

Becoming a parent is one of the most life-changing decisions you can ever make. But while the experience of bringing up a family could be the same for everyone, the journey may be different. Since becoming a parent is a very important thing to do, you need a reputable clinic that you are sure will be able to see you through every single step of the way. Coastal Fertility is fully committed to helping you actualize your parenthood goals, whether you are single or have a partner. The combination of your vision, our highly experienced staff, and state-of-the-art technologies will make your aspirations a reality. Your dream is our dream.

With higher success rates than the national average, Coastal is very passionate about assisting you all through your fertility journey. Our dedicated doctors have 150+ years of experience in building families for both same-sex and heterosexual couples and individuals.

Understanding Your Options

Before starting this journey, it is always good to look for a doctor you can trust. Your journey is going to start with a free 15-minute initial consultation, which will enable you to proceed with the utmost confidence.

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Lesbian Family Building Options

Regardless of the family building option you choose, Coastal Fertility will ensure that you receive the professional care you deserve. A lot of our patients decide to use 3rd party reproduction services (including, using donor’s eggs, sperm, and/or embryos) to help them actualize their dreams of building a family.

Women have a lot of options when it comes to building a family. However, before deciding which of the options is best, it’s important to choose who will carry the pregnancy to term (you, your partner, or a Surrogate). Also, you will want to decide on the number of kids you want.

The person you have chosen to carry the pregnancy will need to undergo the initial fertility evaluation. This evaluation will help doctors to know if there are any risk factors or medical conditions that may affect fertility, if not addressed.

Diagnostic testing will also be carried out during the initial fertility evaluation. This will let us know for sure if there are any obstacles that can affect your or yourpartner’s ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy. Some of the fertility tests and diagnostic exams are:

  • Ovarian reserve testing: A couple of blood and image tests that will help figure out the quantity and quality of your eggs. It also helps determine whether anEgg Donor would be needed.
  • Hormone testing: There are various hormones associated with reproduction in humans. We normally test for LH, AMH, and FHS levels to determine how many eggs you have left in your ovaries.  AMH levels indicate the presence of developing follicles. FHS levels are an excellent indicator of egg production, while LH induces ovulation and the development of corpus luteum (CL). Hormone testing also helps determine which of the partners have the best-quality eggs.
  • Transvaginal ultrasound: An ultrasound is an important part of any fertility evaluation. We are going to check for the presence of fibroids and polyps.

Treatment options if you are ready

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with a Donor’s Sperm

This is also known as artificial insemination. In this procedure, prepared sperm is placed close to the egg in the womb during an ovulation cycle. Fertility medications are used to help induce ovulation and improve your chances of success. Your or your partner’s eggs and a donor’s sperm are going to be used to create embryos.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with a Donor’s Sperm

IVF is one of the most popular family building options. During this process, you or your partner will undergo ovarian stimulation to encourage the ovaries to produce more mature eggs. These eggs are then harvested from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. The embryos formed are transferred into your womb, your partner’s womb, or that of the Surrogate, if need be.

Reciprocal IVF (Co-IVF)

This option allows you and your partner to have biological ties with the baby. It is very similar to the standard IVF procedure. However, the eggs are collected from one partner, and the embryos formed are transferred into the other partner’s womb. Since both of you will undergo the procedure together, fertility medications are used to synchronize your cycles. The egg provider will go through an ovarian stimulation cycle and the egg retrieval cycle.

We will then take the eggs to our IVF laboratory to be fertilized with the sperm of a donor and cultured them for a period of 5-6 days. Simultaneously, the woman who will be carrying the pregnancy takes drugs to prepare her womb for embryo transfer. The intended mother will then visit the clinic after 2 weeks for a blood test to confirm if she’s pregnant.

Treatment options if you are not ready yet

Fertility Preservation (Egg and Embryo Freezing)

Nowadays, you have the power to postpone parenthood in order to pursue your personal, career, or educational goals. A lot of women don’t know that there is a significant decrease in egg quality during your thirties, and fertility preservation (egg and embryo freezing) puts you in charge of your timeline. The process is just like IVF except that the embryos formed are not transferred into the womb. Instead, they are preserved in liquid nitrogen and stored for later use. Once you and your partner have discussed all the important things and fertility tests have been carried out, your doctor will determine the best option for you.

Third-party options

Egg Donation

Egg donation allows couples and individuals to become parents by using another person’s eggs. Utilizing donor eggs is a good option for cancer patients who have gone through treatment like radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Women who have undergone these treatments cannot create a baby using their own eggs. Therefore, the IVF process involves the use of another woman’s eggs and fertilizing them with sperm to form an embryo. The resulting embryo is then transferred to the womb of the intended mother or that of a gestation carrier.


If IUI or IVF is not a feasible option, Coastal Fertility also helps you find a Surrogate mother through our partner’s obstetrician-managed program. All of the Surrogates have already been screened through a proprietary process, giving you peace of mind and confidence that they are medically and emotionally ready to help you realize your dream.

The surrogacy program we use is less than 50 percent below the national average for premature birth rates. An experienced doctor will carefully monitor the pregnancy together with your case manager. You will receive detailed reports every week, and your Surrogate will be assigned a case manager and psychologist to help her through the journey.

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