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On this page, you’ll have the opportunity to find out if you might be able to have a “Pride Baby” and how can we help you with. 


Considering that this is a project targeted for the LGBTQIA+ community, Pride Babies recognises the importance of respecting the idiosyncrasies and the needs of each person, and the unconditional acceptance of everybody who wants to fulfil their parenthood project, despite their sexual orientation or gender identity. Supporting freedom of sexual orientation and gender identity is our mission.


We also believe that the abbreviation LGBTQIA+ might rise controversy and might not cover all ways of living/being, so if you think our communication could be more inclusive and respectful, please contact us and let us know your views (email: info@ferticentro.pt).

The following orientations are not specific, they intend to be a general approach, all cases must be clinically assessed before any procedure.


What does LGBTQIA+ stand for?

The letters “LGB” stand for the sexual orientation of the person, in other words, the way one connects affectively and/or sexually with other person. The second part, “TQIA+”, refers to the gender identity, this means how the person identifies him/herself, which goes beyond the female or male gender (binary).

To whom is


Cisgender and Transgender

First of all, it is crucial to distinguish between Cisgender (“Cis”) and Transgender (“Trans”). A Cisgender describes an individual that matches, in all aspects, with the gender assigned at birth.

On the other hand, a Transgender is somebody who shift genders, which means, even though they were born with a male or female reproductive system, they match with the opposite gender.

Lesbian: Cisgender or Transgender person who matches with the female gender and has an affective and/or sexual relationship with other people of the female gender.

#PrideBabiesCanHelp: In general, admitting that the health conditions of the individual are granted, a lesbian person is able to carry a fertility treatment. A lesbian couple or a lesbian single woman, can undergo an Intra Uterine Insemination with Donor Sperm, an In Vitro Fertilization with Donor Sperm or Shared Motherhood (one element of the couple gets pregnant with the embryo created from the oocyte of the other element of the couple and the sperm of a donor).

Gay: Cisgender or Transgender person that matches with the male gender and has an affective and/or sexual relationship with other people of the male gender.

#PrideBabiesCanHelp: Unfortunately, in Portugal, a gay couple can’t carry a fertility treatment to achieve parenthood. However, they can cryopreserve their sperm.

Bissexual: Somebody who affectively or sexually gets along with people from the same gender as theirs or from other genders.

#PrideBabiesCanHelp: In general, admitting that the health conditions of the individual are granted, a bisexual person is able to carry a fertility treatment. One of the elements of the couple must be a woman, because in Portugal exclusive male couples don’t have the possibility to undergo fertility treatments.

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Donor Choice

Donor selection is regulated by law and includes men over 18 years of age with good physical and mental health, negative infectious disease study and normal karyotype.
In addition, genetic testing of the donor is also carried out to prevent the risk of transmission of genetic diseases.

Why Portugal

It is important to say that Portugal has one of the most progressive laws in Europe in the area of ​​Medically Assisted Procreation.

The members of the couple have exactly the same rights over the children, regardless of the member of the couple whose eggs were used in the treatment (which may also be the result of double donation or embryo donation) or who became pregnant and gave birth to( s) child(ren).

This is an extremely simple process from a bureaucratic point of view, in which pregnancy is obtained using sperm donated by a donor.

In Portugal, children born from treatment with the donation of troughs have the right to know the identity of their donor, which is not only a fundamental right of the child, but it can be very important for health reasons. Donor records are kept for at least 75 years, as defined in the Law, which makes treatments carried out in our country particularly safe from the child's point of view.

These guarantees make Portugal the safest country to carry out Reciprocal Fertilization.


Artificial Intrauterine Insemination With Donor Sperm

In Vitro fertilization with own oocytes and donor sperm

In Vitro fertilization with donated oocytes and donor sperm

ROPA - Shared Motherhood

Common questions

  • What are the benefits of choosing PMA in Portugal and at your clinics?

    - Non-Anonymity Law of donors

    - Access to all PMA methods (Insemination, IVF and ROPA)

    - The possibility to choose a donor from an external bank or from our private bank

    - Psychological support provided if needed (the first psychological appointment is free of charges)

    - Psychological assessment is not necessary to access fertility treatments

    - The couple doesn’t need to be married, even for a ROPA method.

  • Can my partner stay with me during the procedures?
    This will depend on the procedures and the health safety guidelines, but we will let you be together as often as possible. For an insemination, both partners can be together, at every step. In the case of IVF or ROPA, the couple cannot be together during the egg pickup, which will take place in an Operating Room (OR). This procedure takes about 20 minutes, and as soon as it will be finished, you can be together again.
  • Which information can we exactly receive about the donor?
    You can decide the extent of information about the donor you’d like to receive. There is the option of basic profile (physical features, genetic and blood tests carried by the donor, etc.) and the extended profile (information about personality, family tree, lifestyle, etc.)
    After the age of 18, your child can request the name of the donor through the National Council of Assisted Reproductive Technology («Conselho Nacional de Procriação Medicamente Asssitida», in Portuguese).

  • Do you have a waiting list?
    At the moment, we don’t have a waiting list. The time between the first contact and the beginning of the process is variable. It may depend on how long it takes for the couple to do the medical tests, on the tests results itself, or on how hard it is to find a donor that matches you.