If you’re in a same sex relationship and considering starting your family, the experienced team at Queensland Fertility Group is delighted to help.
At Queensland Fertility Group it’s our individualised care that makes fertility treatment less overwhelming and far more achievable. Our Sperm Donor Program has been helping lesbian couples become parents for almost 30 years and we have a variety of suitable donors available for reservation. We select donors very carefully. They must be fit and healthy, have no chromosomal abnormalities, specific infectious diseases, or any identified history of hereditary diseases. Of course, they must also have good potential fertility, so we check semen before and after freezing to make sure it is of an acceptable standard.
We also offer surrogacy which offers two male partners the chance to become fathers. We cannot, by law, help you find a birth mother but we can offer you guidance on how to do so.
Treatments for creating LGBTI families
For lesbian couples who want a child that is biologically related to one of them, then the below fertility treatment options are available.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) This involves the direct injection of sperm into the uterus. While this is a cheaper and less invasive alternative to IVF, please remember that the conception success rates is considerably lower.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) involves the combination of sperm and eggs in a petri dish to form embryos. The highest quality embryos are then transferred to the uterus where they will hopefully implant and develop.
Accessing donor sperm
Donor sperm is needed to complete these procedures. If you do not have a known sperm donor who is willing to assist you then you can search through our list of anonymous donors. In rare cases, you may also need an egg donor.
If choosing an anonymous sperm donor, you will be given access to our password-protected sperm donor program website. This site holds a database of all the donors that are currently available to choose from. You will be able to search for a donor by nationality, eye colour, hair colour and height. You can then view their individual profiles which include information about their occupation, weight, blood type, and availability of donor sperm. You can also view their baby photos so to get a better idea of their physical characteristics as a child.
Once you have chosen your donor, you will be provided with further information such as their relevant medical history summary, a questionnaire completed by the donor (e.g. personality traits, education, ethnicity etc), the date of sperm collection and suitability for different modalities of treatment, plus the last date of contact with the donor.
You can find out more about our donor sperm program here.
Support throughout the process
At QFG we are dedicated to supporting you on your path to parenthood. We provide free of charge access to counselling and support facilities. Our QFG nurses are a valuable source of knowledge and support for you, and we also encourage you to connect with other patients through our Fertility Forum. The QFG Fertility Forum enables you to connect with other QFG patients online and have private discussions about your treatment or share your story with other same sex couples.
Legal considerations apply to the use of donor sperm
When considering fertility treatment as a same sex couple, it is important to understand the legal framework that applies to same sex parenting. When providing any fertility treatment, Queensland Fertility Group follows the National Health & Medical Research Committee (NHMRC) ethical guidelines on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in clinical practice and research, 2007. Under Queensland legislation, the birth parents registering the child are the legal parents, and the donor has no legal rights or financial responsibilities to the child. Our Sperm Donor coordinators will discuss this with you in detail to ensure that you fully understand the legal considerations before proceeding to treatment.
Remember it is very important to note, that under Australian law, Medicare Benefits, including Medicare support for infertility care, are only payable for defined medical conditions. In the absence of a defined medical condition, you will be liable for the full cost, including medications, of the treatment. Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan, the Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund.
First appointment overview and costs
A Queensland Fertility Group Specialist can assist with identifying the best course of treatment to help you get pregnant, including accessing donor sperm. The approximate out-of-pocket cost for an initial consultation starts around $90.
Typically during a first appointment your specialist will assess your medical history, and will most likely recommend investigations such as blood tests (many of these are bulk billed) and an ultrasound scan. The results of these will help you and your Fertility Specialist determine the best next steps for your individual circumstances. You should feel comfortable in this first appointment to mention any concerns you may have, and ask questions.
Download our Creating a Family for Same-Sex Couples Booklet
For more information about creating a family for same-sex couples, visit our Patient Information Booklets page. This booklet is a guide for same-sex couples looking to create a family. Download our Creating a Family for Same-Sex Couples Booklet...
For more information on treatment options, or help deciding which Fertility Specialist is right for you, please call 1800 111 483 or email us.