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Reciprocal IVF

Shared Motherhood

Sharing the journey to parenthood

What is the Success Rate of Reciprocal IVF?

Your chance of success will be given to you individually as part of the consultation process. We are proud of our outstanding Reciprocal IVF pregnancy rates for same sex female couples, which are 72% per embryo transfer.

Reciprocal IVF, also known as shared motherhood is an increasingly popular option at Thérapie Fertility. It affords same sex female couples the opportunity to share the physical experience of pregnancy.

The process involves one of the partners providing the eggs to be used in an IVF cycle with donor sperm, while the other partner will carry the pregnancy when the embryos are transferred back into her uterus.

Who is Reciprocal IVF suitable for?

Reciprocal IVF is a unique treatment for same sex female couples – where one will donate eggs and the other will become pregnant. It is also suitable for those with trans partners.

From our Podcast

From our Podcast

Season 1

Reciprocal IVF

Welcome to episode 06 of Fertility Talks, the Thérapie Fertility podcast. Bringing you honest conversation about infertility, trying to conceive and accessing fertility treatment in Ireland.
This week, we are chatting about Reciprocal IVF with host @ranaevonmeding and our Medical Director, Dr. John Kennedy.

So much has changed in Ireland over the last few years and we are thrilled to be offering Reciprocal IVF to same sex female couples or those with trans male partners.

We hope that you have found this series interesting, informative and above all, helpful in your own fertility journey.

If you enjoy this episode, remember to like, share and subscribe.

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Reciprocal IVF involves five stages

Ovarian Stimulation

Ovarian Stimulation & Monitoring

Ovarian Stimulation

Egg Retrieval

Ovarian Stimulation

Fertilisation & Culture

Ovarian Stimulation

Uterine Preparation

Ovarian Stimulation

Frozen Embryo Transfer

1. Ovarian Stimulation & Monitoring

1. Ovarian Stimulation & Monitoring

Under the care of our team, the partner giving the eggs is given fertility medications, mainly in the form of injections to stimulate her ovaries to produce multiple follicles. Follicles are the small fluid filled structures within the ovaries, each of which will hopefully contain an egg.

The number and size of the developing follicles is measured by trans-vaginal ultrasound scans. The exact number of follicles which develop varies greatly between patients. One of the purposes of testing is to give you and us an idea in advance of how many follicles and eggs may develop.

The final preparation for egg retrieval involves a hormone injection which mimics the natural trigger for ovulation. Egg retrieval will take place 36 hours after this injection.

Ovarian Stimulation & Monitoring

2. Egg Retrieval

2. Egg Retrieval

Egg retrieval is a minor theatre procedure which is carried out in the clinic under sedation.

A trans-vaginal ultrasound probe is used and a needle attached to the probe is carefully passed through the vaginal wall into the ovaries and follicles.

The ovarian fluid within each follicle is aspirated and then examined in the IVF laboratory by the embryologist for the presence of an egg. After identification, the eggs are washed and transferred into a special culture in an incubator.

Egg Retrieval

3. Fertilisation & Culture

3. Fertilisation & Culture

While the egg retrieval is happening, your chosen donor sperm sample is prepared for use. In the laboratory, a concentrated preparation of the best motile sperm is extracted from the semen sample. This sperm preparation (containing approximately 150,000 sperm) is added to the dishes containing the eggs, and they are incubated together overnight.

On the morning after egg retrieval, the eggs are examined to see which have fertilised. Fertilised eggs (zygotes) are cultured in the IVF laboratory until day 5 or 6, the blastocyst stage, at which point they are frozen to await transfer to the other partner.

Fertilisation & Culture

4. Uterine Preparation

4. Uterine Preparation

Under the care of our team, the partner having the embryo transfer will be given oral or injectable fertility medications to stimulate her body to thicken the lining of her uterus.

The development of the uterine lining will be measured by trans-vaginal ultrasound scans. Once the desired thickness is reached, the embryo transfer will be scheduled.

Uterine Preparation

5. Frozen Embryo Transfer

5. Frozen Embryo Transfer

The frozen embryo transfer (FET) is a simple theatre procedure that does not usually require anaesthesia.

The embryo(s) are placed back into the uterus by the doctor by way of a small catheter inserted through the cervix. The fluid containing the embryo(s) is pushed through the cervix and into the uterus.

The correct positioning of the embryo(s) is confirmed by abdominal ultrasound, so the partner undergoing the procedure is required to have a full bladder for the procedure.

Frozen Embryo Transfer

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From our Blog

From our Blog

May 05, 2022

Introduction to Fertility Treatment at Thérapie

Jul 01, 2021

Reciprocal IVF at Thérapie Fertility

Reciprocal IVF

The embryos that are created by the process are owned jointly by you as a couple. They can be used by either person for Frozen Embryo Transfer in the future. 

Reciprocal IVF is the only treatment whereby a same sex couple can very physically share the process of becoming pregnant. One parent will be the birth parent and the other the genetic parent, giving you both a unique connection to your child. 

You may wonder why we choose to do frozen embryo transfers for Reciprocal IVF cycles. The answer is simple. Sometimes it is difficult for us to synchronize the menstrual cycles of both partners, and this puts additional stress on the procedure. If we transfer fresh embryos when the uterine lining is not optimal, we risk losing those embryos. By freezing the embryos before use, we give ourselves the time to reach optimal uterine conditions for the embryo transfer. Additionally, it is best to confirm that there are viable embryos before putting a person on the medications for the Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle. 

Ireland's Highest rated Fertility Clinic

Louise Lay
September 20, 2023

Cannot recommend Thérapie fertility enough for helping me become a Mummy! My experience was super smooth and efficient from the initial consultation all the way through my treatment which I appreciated as I was travelling from the UK. I was made to feel comfortable and I whole heartedly trusted the team and their guidance. No judgement, just total support for me!

Aoife Campbell
September 8, 2023

My experience with therapie for freezing my eggs was outstanding from my 1st nurse consultation with Aoife to my procedure with Dr. John Kennedy and ongoing consultations with the clinical team. The clinical team are extremely professional, empathetic, compassionate and responsive to my ongoing questions throughout the process. I felt extremely supported as this can be an emotional journey for single women & couples. My advice to anybody deciding on choosing therapie for fertility treatment would be 100% please choose this clinic. My positive and calm mindset for the entire journey was greatly contributed by the clinical staff here and I’m forever grateful.

Amy Fitzharris
August 21, 2023

Forever grateful to therapie fertility for their outstanding care and professionalism. Making the decsion to go down the IVF route is a daunting prospect for anyone but every member of staff we met along the way could not of been nicer. Everything was explained clearly and any questions or concerns we had along the way were dealt with promptly and this was done with compassion at all times. This made us both feel at ease. We done ICSI and were lucky enough to conceive on our first round. Our baby girl was born on the 25th of July. Could not speak of therapie fertility highly enough.

Vanessa O callaghan
July 7, 2023

Best decision I made was going to therapie fertility.I cannot recommend therapie fertility enough.I felt very supported on my solo journey throughout the whole procedure.Everyone working at the clinic were extremely helpful and friendly and always answered any queries on the portal quickly. Thanks to therapie fertility I am due my first baby in January.Thanks again to the team at therapie fertility for making my dream come true. ❤

Shawna Stewart
July 5, 2023

We can not thank or celebrate Thérapie enough. We spent years searching for a clinic that would not use outdated BMI charts to discriminate against us. From the beginning DrJohn was warm and welcoming. He was kind but honest when discussing our personal possibility of success. He took our full history, age and expernces into consideration. We travelled from the UK and everyone always did their best to help accommodate this with appointment times, where possible. It was the most positive experience, resulting is very successful results.

Caitlin Robin
July 4, 2023

My wife and I made the decision to travel from Belfast to Therapie Fertility and they are absolutely worth the journey! Only in our early stages currently but feel we are in such safe hands so far. Every member of the team we have met has been kind, honest and respectful of your wants and needs. Especially as an LGBT couple and if you’re a partner, you’re made to feel completely included throughout as it’s your journey as a couple. No waiting lists, no BMI discrimination, LGBT inclusive, and above all really know what they’re doing! Couldn’t recommend more

June 21, 2023

Highly recommend Thérapie. We were so well looked after from the initial consultation and all through treatment. There is a friendly atmosphere in the clinic that puts you at ease. The ladies at reception are all lovely and welcoming. The nurses are knowledgeable and understanding. Communication is excellent with prompt responses via the portal. They offered early morning appointments and they always ran on time. No pushing unnecessary tests/treatments. We were under Dr Kennedy's care. He was honest, didn't make unrealistic promises and I felt he was genuinely rooting for us. After a long journey, thanks to him we now have a beautiful baby girl.

Alice Agsisio
June 20, 2023

My partner and I felt home! Very welcoming and their nurse who just attended us today was very accomodating and entertained all our questions with so much kindness and respect!

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