Since the marriage law for homosexuals and lesbians in 2009 removed the ban on assisted reproduction in Norway for lesbians, approximately 400 lesbians have become pregnant.
This is according to figures Adresseavisen has obtained from the six fertility clinics offering treatment with donor sperm. The birthrate for the last two years is not yet clear.
CEO Romundstad at Spiren fertility clinic in Trondheim believes that not enough have been done to make those who are considering assisted reproduction aware of the number of clinics offering assisted reproduction in Norway.
– We experience if not weekly, then at least two to three times per month, that there is lack of information. We hear constantly about couples who have been told by their GP to go to Denmark. I think part of the explanation is that there have been private operators who offers assisted reproduction in Denmark for a long time, and they run an aggressive marketing in Norway, Romundstad says.
She believes the Norwegian community will be stronger if everybody sticks together and emphasizes the benefits of getting treatment at home.
– It will lower costs related to travel, and you get less absence from work. It is also a great advantage to be closely monitored before, during and after the treatment. It is about safeguarding the interpersonal and reduce stress for women, says Romundstad.
Egg donation has not yet been permitted in Norway.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today