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LGBTQ+ Fertility Care

Guides to help you navigate fertility care, tailored for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Accessing Fertility Care as an LGBTQ+ Couple or Individual

You have made the decision to start a family, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Here are some things you may want to know. One of the first steps you can take is to visit your GP. They can give you advice on what services are available in your area. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that single women and same-sex female couples have to try to conceive six times using artificial insemination before being considered for NHS-funded treatment unless subfertility is proven by clinical investigation. Your GP should discuss options for treatment and should give you an idea of what the NHS allowance is in your area, as set out by your local integrated care board (ICB, previously known as clinical commissioning group, CCG).

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Using Donor Sperm

For some people, sperm donation is the only way to have a baby. There are a few different routes you may take when using donor sperm. Here we’ll explore who may need donor sperm, how donors are approved and where to find donor sperm.

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Treatment Options for LGBTQ+

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We always advise you to consult with you doctor about any concerns or symptoms you may have. Fertility related conditions are complex and, whilst our articles are written to inform, everyone is different and it is important to speak with your doctor, who can offer more in-depth advice. You can find advice on fertility from the NHS here.