We are a top-rated LGBTQ+ fertility clinic serving the LGBTQ+ community

At Bay IVF, we do not discriminate based on gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or genetic characteristics

We provide family-building treatments to same-sex and transgender individuals and their partners: you are welcome here, regardless of your identity or relationship status

Treatment Options for LQBTQ+ Community Members

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF is a beautiful and loving way for same-sex couples to start a family. The process involves one partner providing the eggs while the other carries the pregnancy.

This method allows both partners to be biologically connected to their child, creating a deep sense of intimacy and shared responsibility throughout the treatment process.

In addition, it is a testament to the strength and love between same-sex partners.

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The cost of Reciprocal IVF at Bay IVF is $14,450

In Vitro Fertilization

One of the partners’ eggs are IVF fertilized with donor sperm from a sperm bank, and the resulting embryo is implanted into the same partner’s uterus.

The process allows same-sex couples to select a sperm donor who matches their desired characteristics and undergo a fertilization procedure in a controlled and supportive environment.

At its core, this process is a celebration of the love and commitment that exists between partners.

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The cost of In Vitro Fertilization at Bay IVF is $11,870

Donor Egg and Donor Sperm

If neither lesbian partner’s egg quality is sufficient for pregnancy, either partner can use donor eggs and donor sperm from a sperm bank to conceive through Donor Egg IVF.

An anonymous egg donor can be “hired” from one of the many egg donor agencies, or frozen donor eggs can be purchased from an egg bank.

Donor egg IVF is a reminder of the power of human connection and the incredible lengths we are willing to go to bring new life into the world.

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The cost of Donor Egg IVF with donor sperm varies depending on the type of Donor Egg treatment.

Services Covered in the Reciprocal IVF Fee


  • All in-cycle office visits, physician ultrasound examinations, hormonal assays, and physician clinical monitoring required for ovarian stimulation.
  • Thawing of cryopreserved sperm
  • Preparation of semen sample(s)
  • Egg retrieval procedure, analgesia, use of procedure room
  • Oocyte identification from follicular fluid
  • Embryo coculture with granulosa cells, including an extended culture of embryos.
  • Embryo freezing

Purchasing Frozen Donor Eggs
Finding an Egg Donor

You choose your frozen donor eggs from a donor egg bank catalog, and the egg bank will ship your selected frozen eggs to our Clinic.

The egg banks our embryologists recommend are Fairfax Egg BankDonor Egg Bank USA at California Cryobank, and Cryos International-USA.

Alternatively, you may be able to find an egg donor who is blood-related to you (the female partner) to preserve the genetic link, or you could choose an anonymous pre-screened egg donor from an egg donor agency. The donor will then become a patient at our Clinic.

Whether you use frozen donor eggs or an egg donor, once your Donor Egg IVF treatment is completed, your pregnancy will be indistinguishable from conception through intercourse.

We believe that everyone has the right to grow their family, and we are here to make that dream a reality
We are proud of being one of the first Northern California fertility clinics to provide treatment for lesbian partners

Bay IVF Treatment Fees

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)


Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

IVF Plus


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Embryo Transfer

All your embryos, until you conceive

Gender Selection


Embryo Freezing

Add-on to IVF/each cycle of IVF Plus

Reciprocal IVF


Embryo Freezing

Minimal IVF


Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done

Embryo Banking IVF


Embryo Freezing

Donor Egg IVF


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Donor Egg IVF


Embryo Freezing

Frozen Embryo Transfer


Embryo Assisted Hatching

Please note that the treatment fees do not cover medications (charged by a pharmacy), pre-treatment screening evaluation, and laboratory testing required by the State of California.

What You Don’t Have to Pay for at Bay IVF

We strive to minimize the financial impact of your fertility care. Our sole goal is to make your treatment a success!

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Administration of
Hormonal Injections

As needed
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Some Medications for Ovarian Stimulation

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Repeated Sonohysterograms

After a polyp removal
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IVF Treatment Management

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Repeated IVF Sperm Preparation

If two or more specimens are needed
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Use of Procedure Room for Egg Retrievals

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Analgesia for Egg Retrievals

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Extended Embryo Culture

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Embryo Freezing

If no fresh embryo transfer was done
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Frozen Embryo Transfer

If no fresh embryo transfer was done
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Repeated Embryo Biopsies in the same IVF cycle

You will be billed only once
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Repeated Embryo Freezing in the same IVF cycle

You will be billed only once
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Repeated Pregnancy Tests

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We welcome transgender patients and those preparing to transition to our fertility services

Preserving fertility options for the future is important, and we’re here to support you. Let’s work together to achieve your family goals

FAQ — Find Answers to Your Queries

Here are some of the most commonly asked fertility-related questions. A more comprehensive FAQ selection is available on the FAQ page

Do medications used in the IVF treatment have any side-effects?

Most patients should expect minimal, if any, side-effects from the In Vitro Fertilization medications. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities during your treatment.

How long does it take to complete a cycle of IVF?

It takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the beginning of your treatment to egg retrieval and embryo transfer.

Is the egg retrieval procedure painful?

Since we use strong pain and relaxation medications, your egg retrieval should be very comfortable. Most patients will sleep through the 5-10 minute procedure. Some may experience minimal menstrual-like cramping.

What is ICSI and how does it affect my embryos?

In the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection procedure, a single sperm is inserted directly into the center of an egg. ICSI has been used extensively since 1993, and approximately 2 million babies have been born worldwide without significant side effects using ICSI.

I am over 40. Should I plan to do PGT?

You may consider adding Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) to your In Vitro Fertilization or Donor Egg IVF treatment. If you do, you will not need to do amniocentesis if you conceive.
Adding PGT to these treatments has not been shown to reliably improve the probability of a successful outcome, but it can reduce the probability of a miscarriage.

We believe that everyone has the right to grow their family

We are committed to providing inclusive care every step of the way, from consultation to post-conception

Prerequisites for In Vitro Fertilization

Only a few treatment prerequisites are needed before the start of your treatment. They assess the egg and sperm quality and ensure that embryos can be accurately placed in a healthy uterus.

Genetic Mother’s age

The probability of a successful Reciprocal IVF treatment becomes exceedingly low by the age of 44. You must be 43 and 11 months or younger at the time your Gender Selection IVF treatment begins. Patients 44 and older should strongly consider Donor Egg IVF as the most meaningful treatment to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Genetic Mother’s weight

For an adequate ovarian response and safety during the egg retrieval procedure, Genetic Mother’s BMI must be no greater than 29. If it is higher, please follow the IVF Diet and Lifestyle recommendations as closely as possible. You will lose weight at an optimal rate which could significantly improve your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.

Pathogen testing (both Genetic Mother and Birth Mother)

This testing is required by the State of California. You must be tested for Hepatitis B-Surface Antigen, Hepatitis C-Antibody, HIV I&II, HTLV I&II, and RPR.

Ovarian Reserve Assay – ORA (Genetic Mother)

ORA assesses the likelihood that normal-quality eggs can be produced. It consists of the measurement of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), estradiol (estrogen, E2), and Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) blood levels.

These test results reflect the quality of eggs and are used to optimize your ovarian stimulation.

Uterine measurement and saline ultrasound (Birth Mother)

Knowing the uterine length is necessary for accurate embryo placement; saline ultrasound is used to rule out intrauterine polyps and fibroids.

Genetic Mother’s genetic testing (optional)

All future parents should consider genetic screening for hundreds of the most common genetic diseases. Please let us know at the time of your initial appointment at Bay IVF if you wish to have your blood sample sent for genetic screening.

IVF diet and lifestyle

Environmental factors have a significant impact on reproductive health. Please review IVF Diet and Lifestyle document for a complete list of environmental reproductive health requirements and a source for dietary supplements.

We look forward to meeting you at Bay IVF and, when your treatment is successful, celebrating your new pregnancy!


Years of Experience


Babies Born


Compassionate Care

Hear from Our Patients’ Journey to Parenthood at Bay IVF!

I would highly recommend Bay IVF for those wanting to build their family and needing IVF support! Dr. Polansky and the whole Bay IVF team were so supportive and welcoming while also honest and realistic. Our girl is our dream come true!

Jennifer C.-F.

This clinic has been amazing to work with. All the nurses and staff made sure I was always comfortable and were there to answer questions any time I needed. We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Polansky and the team for everything they did for us.

Harpreet K.

Words could never express the gratitude my husband and I will always have for Bay IVF! We did our research and decided to check out Bay IVF. We scheduled a consultation and felt an instant connection… love at first sight!

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Meet Your Doctor

  • Dr. Polansky received his medical diploma from Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 1978.
  • After completing his OB/GYN residency at Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO, he graduated from the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) fellowship at Stanford University in 1985.
  • In the same year, he co-founded the Stanford IVF Clinic.
  • Dr. Polansky obtained board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986 and became REI subspecialty board certified in 1988.
  • In 1987, he left Stanford University and established Nova IVF.
  • In 2011, he founded Bay IVF, where he provides advanced fertility treatments with a holistic approach, utilizing state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Dr. Polansky personally performs ultrasound examinations, egg retrievals, embryo transfers, and ovarian and endometrial stimulations for his patients.
  • He is deeply committed to his patients and freely shares his cell phone number, ensuring accessibility and availability 24/7.

Frank Polansky, M.D.

Dr. Polansky’s Communication With Patients

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Initial Appointment Questions

When you call to schedule your consultation, Erica will ask you a short series of questions regarding your reproductive history.

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your height
  • Your weight
  • Do you know which treatment you plan to have?
  • How many times have you been pregnant?
  • For each of your pregnancies, what was the conception date? (month and year)
  • What was the outcome?
  • Were the pregnancies with your current partner?
  • If known, what is the cause of your infertility?
  • What is your average cycle length? (number of days between onsets of your periods)
  • Are you currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Are you allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Your partner’s name (if applicable)
  • Your partner’s date of birth (if applicable)
  • What is the length of your relationship with your current partner? (years and months)
  • When was the last time either of you used any contraception?
  • Is the male partner currently taking any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • Is the male partner allergic to any medications? If yes, which ones?
  • What is the total number of pregnancies the male partner has ever caused?
  • Has the male partner ever caused a pregnancy without the ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) procedure?
  • Has the male partner had a vasectomy or vasectomy reversal?
  • If available, for each Semen Analysis, please give the date (day, month, and year), volume, concentration (sperm count), percentage of motile sperm, and percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
  • Have you ever had any treatment for, or problems with, your lungs, heart, blood and blood vessels, breasts, digestive system, genito-urinary system, thyroid disease, diabetes, or neurological disorder? (female partner only)
  • For each X-ray of your uterus and Fallopian tubes (hysterosalpingogram), laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or laparotomy, please give the procedure date (day, month, and year) and the findings.
  • If available, for each FSH, LH, estradiol (estrogen, E2), and AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test you have had, please give the date of the test (day, month, and year) and the result.
  • Have you done any intrauterine inseminations (IUI)? If yes, how many?
  • Have you had ovarian stimulation with injectable medications?
  • For each IVF treatment you have had, please provide the following information if available: Date (month and year), the dose of medications to stimulate your ovaries, your highest estrogen level, number of ovarian follicles that developed, number of eggs retrieved, whether ICSI was done, number of embryos available, number of embryos transferred, number of embryos frozen, and the treatment outcome.
  • Have you ever smoked cigarettes? If yes, how many cigarettes a day during the last three months? (Please remember that you must not smoke during your treatment.)

This is Erica

She will be providing you with exceptional support throughout your treatment journey at Bay IVF.

Listen to a typical conversation between Erica and a new patient.

Patients’ Thank You Cards

Your Initial Visit at Bay IVF

Attending a new patient appointment at a fertility clinic can be stressful. Our primary objective is to ensure that your initial visit is friendly and relaxing. We encourage you to ask questions at every step of the process.

1 — When You Arrive

You will be welcomed by one of the clinic receptionists. One of our nurses will measure your height and weight and take your blood pressure

2 — Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Polansky will ask you a series of clarifying questions and then provide you with a summary of the factors contributing to your infertility

4 — Exam Room

One of the nurses will escort you to an examination room. Your examination will begin with listening to your lungs and heart

3 — Ask Your Questions

You will then have a discussion with him about the most suitable reproductive treatment(s) for you. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have

5 — Ultrasound of the Ovaries

The next step is a pelvic ultrasound to examine the uterus and ovaries. This ultrasound will help determine the number of antral follicles present within the ovaries

6 — Financial Part

Following that, you will have a discussion with one of the financial advisors regarding the financial aspects of your treatment, including potential treatment financing options

8 — Support 24/7

If you have any questions after leaving the clinic, please feel free to reach out to us via phone call, text, or email. Open and discreet communication is an integral part of the care we provide at Bay IVF

7 — What About Time?

Your entire visit is expected to last approximately one hour

Schedule Your Initial Consultation With Dr. Polansky

Online or In-Person

You can also complete the form below to request your initial consultation

    Next Step: One of our coordinators will call you for information about your reproductive history. See the questions they will ask on Our First Phone Call

    Still Have Questions?

    We know this is a big decision. It is important for us that you feel really comfortable.