Partner IVF

Happy lesbian couple 300x200Partner IVF is a type of IVF  that lets both partners become physically involved in the conception of their baby.

In this option, one partner provides the eggs, which are fertilised with donor sperm, and the other carries the pregnancy.

Partner IVF is a very appealing concept for many couples. Some couples may use this type of treatment to conceive their second child, with their original sperm donor and carrier roles reversed. The beauty of it is that each partner gets to both experience childbearing and have a biological connection to a child.


Getting started

The first step is to book an initial consultation with one of our accredited specialists. To do this, you’ll need to be referred from your GP. To make things easier, you can download a Referral Form and hand it to your GP to fill in.  You’ll be able to claim some of the consultation cost back through Medicare.

To book your initial consultation, simply call us on 1300 222 623 or complete an online Book an Appointment form and a member of our advice team will get back to you.

At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI+ families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about our donor program and the fertility treatment options available to you.

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Rainbow Fertility has a range of donor sperm and donor eggs available, with no waitlist.  Call our Fertility Advice Team on 1300 222 623 to find out more.


The process before treatment

Partner IVF: What is involved?

The process of Partner IVF is almost identical to the standard IVF process.

The first step is to choose a sperm donor, who can be either a known one or clinic-recruited (unknown donor). Couples who are considering Partner IVF will have to decide which type of sperm donor is right for them. For help in choosing the right option for you, visit our Donor Program page.

Once a sperm donor is chosen and he has gone through the routine medical assessment, detailed screening, consent forms and counselling, the medical procedure can start. Here’s what happens:

  • Both partners begin a process of synchronising their menstrual cycles by taking the oral contraceptive pill.
  • The partner who is providing the eggs will also take medications to stimulate the ovaries and promote the growth of follicles, which contain the eggs.
  • While the ovarian stimulation process takes place, the partner who will carry the pregnancy takes medication to support the development of the endometrium (lining of the uterus) in preparation for embryo transfer.
  • Once the ovarian stimulation phase ends, eggs will be retrieved from one partner and fertilised with the donor sperm to create embryos.
  • Embryos are transferred to the partner who will carry the pregnancy. (Embryos can also be frozen for future use if a couple decides they’re not ready to conceive just yet.)
  • Fourteen days after embryo transfer, a blood test is carried out on the carrying partner to determine if pregnancy has been achieved.

For full details on the IVF treatment procedure and the lowdown on what to expect, head to our IVF page.

Before you agree to undergo this type of treatment, you should take time to decide which partner will contribute the egg and which partner will carry the pregnancy. Carefully consider the pros and cons of each role and talk openly with each other about your expectations for the pregnancy.

Rainbow Fertility has a range of donor sperm available, with no waitlist.  Call our Fertility Advice Team on 1300 222 623 to find out more.


  • All treatment procedures are carried out at City Fertility in our Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos are also stored.



Following your consultation with one of our specialists, one of our patient services staff will contact you to organise for a comprehensive and individualised Patient Information Pack to be sent to you. All aspects of your fertility treatment, including the cost structure, will be included in the information sent to you.

If your treating specialist is able to diagnose medical infertility, Medicare rebates can be claimed for Donor Sperm Artificial Insemination and IVF cycles. Without a diagnosis of medical infertility, the cost of treatment will not be eligible for Medicare rebates.

For detailed information about treatment costs visit our Treatment Pricing page and to learn more about the payment plan options available, visit our page on Payment Plans.

In the meantime, if you have any further questions and would like more information, please contact our advice team or email





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