Fertility treatment

There are many ways to build your family and many reasons why you could be looking for fertility treatment. Read below some of the routes to parenthood and how Gaia may be able to help you.
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At Gaia, we’re on a mission to make fertility treatment more accessible.

We believe that everyone that wants to become a parent should at least have the chance to try. Today, we create personalised plans to start and protect your IVF treatment. Tomorrow, we will cover all your options.

Fertility treatment options

IVF Treatment process

Standard IVF

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of several options to help people struggling to conceive. During IVF, an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized egg, called an embryo, is then returned to the woman's uterus to grow and develop throughout a pregnancy.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Transgender couples
Reviewed by Dr. Taraneh Nazem
Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA of New York
OB/GYN and expert in reproductive medicine
Covered by Gaia
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Reciprocal IVF

Also known as shared motherhood, reciprocal IVF allows both partners to be directly involved in a pregnancy. One partner goes through an egg retrieval process, and the egg is fertilised with donor sperm in a laboratory. A doctor implants the healthy embryo into the other partner’s womb, and she carries the pregnancy to term.

A good option for
same-sex couples
Transgender couples
Covered by Gaia
Dr. Salim
Reviewed by Dr. Rehan Salim
Medical Director at Lister Fertility
Consultant gynaecologist and expert in reproductive medicine
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IVF with ICSI

If a male partner has low quality sperm, your clinic might recommend intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) as an optional procedure. With ICSI, a single sperm is injected directly into a mature egg to help increase the chances of fertilization.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Transgender couples
Reviewed by Dr. Taraneh Nazem
Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA of New York
OB/GYN and expert in reproductive medicine
Covered by Gaia
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IVF with donor eggs

People with egg quality or ovarian reserve issues, or single parents, can consider using an egg donor from a bank, or even a friend or family member. The egg from your donor of choice will be fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. Those embryos can be returned to the woman's uterus to grow and develop throughout a pregnancy.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Same-sex couples
Transgender couples
single parents
Covered by Gaia
Reviewed by Dr. Taraneh Nazem
Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA of New York
OB/GYN and expert in reproductive medicine
IVF with sperm donor

IVF with donor sperm

People with sperm quality issues, or single parents, can consider using a donor sperm from a bank, or even a friend or family member. The sperm from your donor of choice will be fertilised with an egg in a laboratory. Those embryos can be returned to the woman's womb to grow and develop throughout a pregnancy.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Same-sex couples
Transgender couples
single parents
Dr. Salim
Reviewed by Dr. Rehan Salim
Medical Director at Lister Fertility
Consultant gynaecologist and expert in reproductive medicine
Covered by Gaia
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Egg freezing

Egg freezing is a fertility preservation method to have a child at a later date. A doctor prescribes medication to stimulate a patient’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs. After a few weeks, the doctor and lab retrieve and freeze the good quality eggs. Later, the eggs can be fertilised with sperm in a laboratory. Those embryos can be returned to the woman's womb to grow and develop throughout a pregnancy.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Same-sex couples
Transgender couples
single parents
Not covered by Gaia
Reviewed by Dr. Rehan Salim
Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA of New York
OB/GYN and expert in reproductive medicine

Ovulation induction

For women with ovulation issues, like irregular periods or PCOS, ovulation induction can be a good option. The treatment helps increase the number of eggs released or improve the quality of a woman’s ovulation. Depending on your situation, a doctor might recommend intrauterine insemination (IUI) or precisely timed intercourse to result in a pregnancy.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Transgender couples
Dr. Salim
Reviewed by Dr. Rehan Salim
Medical Director at Lister Fertility
Consultant gynaecologist and expert in reproductive medicine
Not covered by Gaia
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IUI

IUI is a fertility treatment where sperm is directly inserted into the uterus to attempt a pregnancy. It’s a lot less invasive than IVF, and it is often recommended for couples or individuals using donor sperm or who don’t have signs of male factor infertility.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Same-sex couples
Transgender couples
single parents
Not covered by Gaia
Reviewed by Dr. Taraneh Nazem
Reproductive Endocrinologist at RMA of New York
OB/GYN and expert in reproductive medicine
two people hugging each other

Surrogacy

Surrogacy can be an option if you’re a same sex male couple or have been medically advised not to carry a pregnancy, or even if you just don’t want to be pregnant yourself. In surrogacy, another person carries the pregnancy and gives birth to your child. This is an expensive option, as you’ll have to pay for your surrogate’s time and medical care.

A good option for
Heterosexual couples
Same-sex couples
Transgender couples
single parents
Dr. Salim
Reviewed by Dr. Rehan Salim
Medical Director at Lister Fertility
Consultant gynaecologist and expert in reproductive medicine
Not covered by Gaia

IVF treatment with Gaia

A Gaia Plan is the most affordable way to start and protect your IVF.
Start your IVF with fixed costs that you only pay once you have a child.

How the Gaia Plan works

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