Treatment options for LGBT individuals and couples has continued to grow and expand over time. Legalization of same sex marriage has simplified the legal issues and expanded treatment options for the LGBT community.
One of those advances occurred in 2017 when the effortless IVF® solution, added the option of Reciprocal IVF. An increasing number of same sex female couples are choosing to undergo Reciprocal IVF. For this option, one woman has her ovaries stimulated and the eggs harvested. The embryo is then transferred to her partner who carries and delivers the pregnancy. What makes the effortless IVF process unique is that the woman who undergoes the stimulation carries the egg and sperm inside her vagina using the INVOcell device for five days following the egg retrieval. The egg and early embryo development occurs inside her body. This offers her a unique connection to her baby. The INVOcell device is removed after five days. The embryo(s) are removed and frozen. Her partner begins estrogen with her next menstrual cycle. The couple communicates with the IVF coordinator and IVF lab to pick their day of embryo transfer. No sonograms are performed during the frozen transfer cycle. The majority of patients transfer a single embryo following the SART/ASRM guidelines.