By Deirdre Kaye, Apr 8, 2022

To elaborate on reciprocal IVF, Scary Mommy asked Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, to offer expert insight. “Reciprocal IVF is a reproductive option that allows lesbian and trans men in a couple to both participate biologically and emotionally in a pregnancy,” says Gaither, who serves as the director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. Gaither breaks it down further, explaining, “Reciprocal IVF is a process in which one partner acts as an egg donor to the other. One partner undergoes egg stimulation and retrieval. The eggs are retrieved, fertilized by donor sperm, and the embryo is transferred into the uterus of the other partner. Both partners can be connected biologically through the process of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding.”

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