ADELAIDE, Australia — Lesbian couples who have families through assisted reproduction with donated sperm are more satisfied with their relationships and have less parental stress than straight couples who use IVF treatment, a new dissertation from Sweden’s Uppsala University finds according to a Health Canal report.
“Same, safe but different: Lesbian couples undergoing sperm donation” studies and compares the quality of the couple’s relationship, mental health and parental stress among lesbian and straight couples who undergo assisted reproduction. Catrin Borneskog, a midwife and doctoral candidate at Uppsala, says the findings are important because assisted reproduction is not available to same-sex couples in many countries, Heath Canal reports.
She also found that both straight and lesbian couples experience a similar decline in relationship satisfaction after completing treatment.
She studied 165 lesbian and 151 straight couples for the study and collected the data via questionnaire.