A given female cast member is gay and has entered in a long-term relationship with another woman. At some point their [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking biological clock will go off]], and a pregnancy storyline will begin, since they only want ''biological'' kids.

A great deal of attention will be paid to what is an easy and minor part of the process: the lesbian couple's quest to find sperm. Sperm banks and adoption will almost never be seriously discussed. The TV lesbians will instead try to get sperm [[ChosenConceptionPartner from the men in their life]], be he a close friend, in-law, or random passerby and a truly improbable number will even opt for an "old-fashioned" impregnation with the sperm donor. If one can't be found, expect the lesbian couple go to increasingly [[ZanyScheme unlikely, embarrassing, and even illegal ends to acquire one.]] Expect some variation on a joke involving turkey basters.

This trope is TruthInTelevision for some lesbians but [[NonIndicativeName not all of them.]]

A SisterTrope of HasTwoMommies. May lead to HomosexualReproduction.



* In this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxDsx8HfXEk Wells Fargo commercial]], two women are learning sign-language. By the end of the commercial, it is revealed that the two women are a couple, and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments are learning sign-language in order to adopt a deaf girl]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' has a curious variation on this: set in the far future, the male and female crew of a colonization mission got into a dispute and split up, resulting in one planet in the system populated entirely by males, the other entirely by females. Generations later, both planets rely on genetic engineering to reproduce. For the all-female planet Majere, their social structure is still based on a sort of echo of the male/female family unit: two women pair off, and they have their egg cells spliced together in a lab, and the resulting embryo is implanted in one of them who carries the fetus to term. So while the lesbian characters *do* want to "get pregnant" on the show, many times they just do this with ''each other'', skipping the "we need a sperm donor" step. The weird thing is that their entire society is sort of passively lesbian, so strictly speaking, characters who never paired off but remained single throughout the series were possibly an inversion of this trope.
** Of course, the series plot involves a crew from all-male planet getting stuck with a crew from all-female planet. Teenaged girl Dita becomes infatuated with male teenager Hibiki, though she doesn't specifically want to do this to breed. On the other hand, in what might fit this trope in a weird way, female pilot Jura spends most of the series trying to seduce Hibiki. Jura is in a committed lesbian relationship with fellow pilot Barnette, who is upset that she's doing this, but then Jura explains that she is only trying to seduce Hibiki for the ''specific purpose'' of using him as a sperm donor: her logic being that if she's the first woman from her planet in generations to conceive a child with a male, it will make her a global celebrity. This may be complicated by the fact that the two crews only recently found out they're the same ''species'', and all of them including Jura seem to only understand what reproduction-through-intercourse entails in a very academic level (to the point that Jura asks Hibiki for "what she needs" to have a baby, in such a way that it's not clear if she knows what "sperm" is...). This becomes even funnier when you realize most of her information comes from what looks like a Sex Ed pamphlet geared to preteens who are barely starting puberty rather than the 20 year old Jura is.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books, Mystique and Destiny were lovers for more than half a century, but during periods when they were for various reasons separated, both had children fathered by transient male partners. Mystique abandons her sons Kurt Wagner (aka Nightcrawler) and Graydon Creed with a degree of callousness, the former to save her own life from a lynch mob, the latter because [[FantasticRacism at puberty he disappointingly turns out to be not a mutant]]. Mystique and Destiny eventually become a happy nuclear family with their adopted daughter Rogue (who however subverts the trope because she is no longer a baby when Raven and Irene adopt her).
* In the ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2'' universe, Felicia Hardy (formerly the Black Cat) lives with a woman called Diana and her daughter Felicity (fathered by Felicia's ex-husband Flash Thompson); however Felicity was apparently already a teenager when Felicia fell in love with Diana.
* So far averted with Karolina and Xavin of the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''.
* In Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' series, there is the lesbian couple of Hazel and Foxglove. Hazel becomes pregnant in ''A Game of You'' after a bicurious one-night-stand with a gay friend, is shown pregnant in the mini-series ''Death: The High Cost of Living'' and strikes a deal with Death in ''Death: The Time of Your Life'' to save the life of her son Alvie.
* Averted with Scandal Savage in ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', her dad Vandal Savage wants a grandchild which she point blank refuses to give him because she suspects with good reason he just wants an organ donor.
* In the Creator/GailSimone run on ''Franchise/WonderWoman'', specifically ''The Circle'': all the women of the Amazon society of Themyscira are reincarnations of women who were murdered in their previous lives, many of whom were mothers. However, due to now existing under the ImmortalProcreationClause, they are unable to have children, but still maintain the strong maternal instincts from their prior lives. As a coping mechanism, several women carried wooden dolls called whittle babies; unfortunately, one woman just cracks from it all, she starts believing that the doll is her literal baby, forcing Hippolyta's personal guards to kill her. Further, the Circle look upon Hippolyta having Diana after literal divine intervention as a curse that would lead to Amazon society being ripped apart by envy. This was forwarded most of all by Alkyone, head of the Circle and a very fervent protector of what she percieves as Amazon culture. She eventually decides to try and kill baby Diana and later her as an adult (where, in a fit of grand irony, it's revealed that Alkyone herself suffered from the same sort of envy she warned about.)
* Played with in a back-up strip in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' comic, where a horrific monster that wipes out the main cast turns out to be three kids, who turn out to be AllJustADream of LesbianCop Stephanopoulos. Upon waking, she dumps the adoption book she fell asleep reading in the bin.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor'':
** Dealt with, but as it is a CastFullOfGay, there are many characters who don't want kids, and indeed the fact that Toni and Clarice want a conventional life with kids does irk the uber-principled Mo.
** There is also her ex-girlfriend Harriet who becomes pregnant through sperm donation while single, and later Ginger (and later Lois, who had earlier said that she has the maternal instincts of a doorknob) dates Jasmine who has a transgender son. Lois' quote is straight from the author herself in The Indelible Alison Bechdel, and she's gone on record as saying this is exactly why Toni is the hardest to write for.
** When Toni was pregnant with Raffi, other characters commented:
--->"It used to be being a lesbian got you out of having to have kids. Now ever since my mama saw lesbian mothers on Oprah, I've been up to my eyeballs in clippings about sperm banks."
** Actually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in a museum scene that has an endangered exhibit of Mo herself with the title "Childless North American Lesbian (''dykus undomesticus'')".
* In another similarly CastFullOfGay comic strip ''ComicStrip/ChelseaBoys'' a lesbian couple asks Nathan to donate sperm but despite him being gay they for some reason want to conceive "naturally" with actual sex, which is achieved with viagra, a gay porn playing, a Brad Pitt mask and the other partner pegging him.

* In ''Fanfic/TheQueensMercy'', a nobleman proposes marriage to Elsa, pointing out that she cannot produce an heir with another woman. Elsa briefly feels a twinge of {{Angst}} over this and talks about the idea of raising a family with Anna, deciding to adopt one day.
* The whole plot of ''Fanfic/WithYou'' is centered on a happily married Elsa and Anna having a baby.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11723902/1/Teach-Me Teach Me]]'', after Elsa's ex-girlfriend Emma dumped her as she was proposing to her, Elsa came to the realization that she didn't need to be married to start a family. She got pregnant on her first in vitro session and had Olaf.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Really, within seconds of the lesbian couple in ''Film/TheBrokenHeartsClubARomanticComedy'' entering onscreen you can guess what their "drama" will be.
* Creator/SpikeLee's ''Film/SheHateMe'' takes the trope UpToEleven in all its clichéd glory. Big time. Basically, a story about a ChickMagnet straight donor who has to give his semen to a bunch of lesbians who pay him in return. And he and his gigantic... ''sperm bank''... bring every one of them to orgasm. Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040806/REVIEWS/408060304/1023 review]] [[EpilepticTrees theorizes]] that the film was a StealthParody, given Lee's reputation and the over-the-top offense.
* This formed part of the plot impetus for the film ''Film/UnderTheTuscanSun''. The protagonist's friends had booked a tour of Italy, but gave the tickets to her when their artificial insemination was successful.
* The film ''Film/ICantThinkStraight'' ends with Leyla informing Tala that they must have children. It seems to be some kind of compromise she struck with her very traditional parents when she came out.
* The mockumentary ''Film/TheBabyFormula'' about two lesbians who actually get pregnant through stem cell research. Fun fact: The movie was filmed during both actresses' actual pregnancies.
* The villains of ''Film/PinkFlamingos'' kidnap women, impregnate them, and sell the babies to lesbians.

* Leslea Newman's short story ''Mothers of Invention'' deals with this, with a bit of a subversion--the narrator herself is pretty ambivalent about having children at all, and mostly goes along with it to please her partner.
* Averted in ''Literature/RangersAtRoadsend'' by Jane Fletcher. Due to magic/technology that makes it possible to impress the genetic information of one woman onto the ovum of another woman, HomosexualReproduction is not a big deal and a sperm donor is not needed. There are plenty of lesbians who ''don't'' want kids, too.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''If These Walls Could Talk 2''. In the segment ''2000'', Fran (Sharon Stone) and Kal (Ellen [=DeGeneres=]) decide to have a baby together. A turkey baster is involved.
* Two examples that exist on opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism when it comes to the custody aspect are ''What Makes a Family'' and ''Two Mothers for Zachary'' respectively, the latter being based on a real life case.
* A chapter of textbook example of this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{ER}}'' with Dr. Kerry Weaver and her firefighter girlfriend complete with custody battles, melodrama and death.
* In ''Series/NYPDBlue'', Det. Abbey Sullivan and her partner got Det. Greg Medevoy to donate his sperm.
* Played with in ''Series/TheWire'': while her partner Cheryl avidly wanted a baby, Kima was initially unenthusiastic, and the baby is one of the many things that ends up coming between the two. The idea of being a mother eventually grows on her, and she ends up getting more involved in their son's life in season five.
* In an episode of ''Series/WithoutATrace'', an unknowing pair of women assumed to be a lesbian couple finally receiving a baby to adopt have said baby taken away from them as it was the missing person of that episode - [[spoiler:they didn't kidnap it, they were just caught up in a conspiracy.]]
* Unsurprisingly in a show with a CastFullOfGay, ''Series/TheLWord'' covered this topic, but with only one of the many couples - Tina and Bette. When Helena is introduced, she bonds with Tina over motherhood, but her children are PutOnABus after season two.
* The token lesbians in the US version of ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' decide to have a baby; naturally they select their friend, gay Heroic Sociopath Brian, to be the biological father.
** Which seems a bit less insane once you think about that that part of the plot was based on the British version, where Brian's counterpart is more of a nymphomaniac ManChild than {{Jerkass}} Brian.
** Later, in the third season, said token lesbians (Lindsay and Melanie) decide to have another child together. They select another friend, Michael, to be the baby's biological father, and, in a remarkably strange way of going about it, Lindsay ''actually uses a turkey baster'' to impregnate Melanie.
* This has been [[AvertedTrope averted]] with ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s Willow, despite having been in two long term relationships. Though in a subtle version of this trope, Willow and Tara became a kind of "adoptive parents" towards Dawn, even after Buffy [[spoiler: came back from the dead]]. Later Dawn even comments that she sees Willow as her mom.\\\
It's brought up again in Season 8, when a run in with [[spoiler:Willow's ex-boyfriend Oz]] shows that he now has a child. Willow is upset; [[spoiler:Oz]] assumes it's because of this trope and tells her there are ways for her to have a child. She reveals that her anger has nothing to do with him having a child but rather that he's allowed to have a normal future, while she can't when she is one of the top people in the Slayer organization and a sorceress supreme with much [[SuperpoweredEvilSide inner-darkness]].
* Appeared to be the only reason to include Carol's partner Susan in ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
** ''Averted'' in Friends, as Susan fell in love with Carol independently of her getting pregnant by her then-husband.
* The HBO series ''Bored to Death'' features a storyline about a lesbian couple who hit up one the male main characters for sperm in a coffee shop. [[Creator/EddieIzzard Like you do.]] When he obliges, they turn around and sell his sperm on the black market to all the other lesbians in the neighborhood, all of whom are also desperate to reproduce.
* This seems to be the catalyst for the breakup between Caitlin and Alicia on the cancelled ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' clone ''Cashmere Mafia''.
* Played with in ''Series/FlashForward2009'' where Janice, a lesbian, quite bluntly says she does ''not'' want kids, but is pregnant in her vision of the future.
** Played straight later, however, when [[spoiler: after getting shot, she becomes obsessed with getting pregnant to the point of sleeping with her male best friend Dimitri to conceive the baby on time (there was a sort of deadline... yeah, it's a bit confusing). Moreover, said best friend is actually in a committed relationship... that he doesn't seem to remember when offering to impregnate Janice.]]
* ''Series/PuppetsWhoKill'' had a woman who seduced Buttons and brought him back to her apartment for what he assumed to be sex. Instead, she and her girlfriend hooked his crotch up to a vacuum-like device they had built to suck out his sperm. Naturally this process was purposely very painful in order to play up the [[DoesNotLikeMen other stereotype]] about lesbians.
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': The conflict between Callie and Arizona, eventually involving a breakup, hit this trope right on its head.
** Not necessarily. Callie has shown a desire to have children from the beginning. When she was with George, long before [[BiTheWay she was shown to have interest in women]], she made this clear. Arizona, who was introduced as a lesbian and a pediatric surgeon was completely against the idea, eventually agreeing because it was what Callie wanted. Callie's pregnancy was an unplanned consequence of a one night stand with her [[PlatonicLifePartners best friend]] during her temporary split with Arizona.
* In the ''very'' [[BlackHumor black sitcom]] ''Nighty Night'', psycho Julia Davies, while not being lesbian, is so fixated on handsome doctor Angus Deayton that once she gets hold of his sperm sample (a story in itself), she is so dead set on being inseminated with his child that ''even after it has been spilt over some British hospital food'' she is not deterred from having the whole unspeakable mess inserted into her.
* The only recurring lesbian couple in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' are an example of this trope. But on the other hand, ''everyone'' wants kids on this show... except Robin, of course (and [[spoiler:she can't have any anyway]]).
* Referenced in ''Series/{{QI}}'' episode "Holidays", when Rob Brydon jokes that "a family runaround with an excellent safety record" would be a much better slang word for lesbian than "dyke."[[note]]Despite having Britain's two most prominent lesbian comics (Sandi Toksvig--the female Creator/StephenFry--and Sue Perkins) as regulars in recent series, this stereotype--to the series' credit!--is not referenced when they've shown up.[[/note]]
* In ''Series/NewGirl'', the recurring lesbian couple (and the only lesbians on the show) are the only ones to get pregnant, though their pregnancy does alert the rest of the female cast to their biological clock as well.
* Addressed in a rather unusual way in the otherwise LGBT shot ''Series/{{Metrosexuality}}''. [[LipstickLesbian Cindy]], Max's sister who's a lesbian, is framed as your usual baby-crazed lesbian whereas her girlfriend Doris, while happy with the kids, never really intended to have kids. When Cindy complains that now their life is quite boring, Doris points out that Cindy was the one to want kids, not her, partially because she feared that it would happen.
* Series/AquiNoHayQuienViva: Bea has a kid after being inseminated with Mauri's (a gay man) sperm.
* Played with in ''Series/OneBigHappy''. Lizzy plays it straight, obviously. Her ex Erica is surprised at first, but warms up to it in an attempt to get Lizzy to come back to her. Kate doesn't mind the kid part, but still can't date Lizzy because she's her nurse and that'd violate protocol.
* [[ButchLesbian Fiona "Tosh" Mackintosh]] in ''Series/{{EastEnders}}'' was desperate for a baby. Her partner Tina wasn't quite so eager, leading Tosh to [[DomesticAbuse violently take it out on her.]]
* In ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'', lesbian Esther volunteers to have a surrogate baby for Trevor and Grace. Because of their criminal lifestyle, she contemplates keeping the baby for herself.
* A recurring subplot throughout ''Series/ChicagoFire'''s first season is paramedic Leslie Shay's quest for a child of her own. At one point, unable to afford artificial insemination, she's desperate enough to ask her best friend Kelly Severide to impregnate her the natural way.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', Margot and her bi girlfriend Alana steal sperm from Margot's brother so Alana can become pregnant and they can raise the child together as the (male) heir to Margot's family business. Earlier in the show, lesbian Margot has sex with a man for the same purpose (it doesn't work out).
* Averted in ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' with Maggie, who really doesn't see herself as a mother, possibly because her own childhood was crappy (her family kicked her out after finding out about her sexual orientation). [[spoiler:This ends up driving a wedge between her and Alex, as Alex desperately wants kids and knows that Maggie will never change her mind. They do end up parting ways as AmicableExes]]. Played straight later when Alex becomes almost a surrogate mother to Sam's daughter Ruby.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played strangely in ''Webcomic/MoonOverJune'': Summer has had herself artificially inseminated, but did it solely to satisfy her pregnancy fetish, and doesn't appear to have thought the consequences through fully. As Hatsuki points out, since Summer DoesNotLikeMen to the extreme there's at least a 50% risk she'll resent the child as soon as it's born; Summer is in denial and insists, despite being a gynecologist, that "[[ArtisticLicenseBiology She'll be a girl if I want her to be one hard enough.]]" Meanwhile, Hatsuki has just discovered that she is ''also'' pregnant, but in her case it's unexpected, apparently caused by sexual contact with a girl who'd just had sex with a man rather than the more direct method, and WordOfGod is that she finds pregnancy frightening. She winds up keeping it in order to be able to work in pregnancy fetish videos, and after the kids (both girls) are born Summer and Hatsuki raise their respective offspring together.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has an odd version due to its sci-fi elements: Leslie and Robin decide to have kids, and consult Joe about some form of HomosexualReproduction. He devises a way that can make a man's sperm carry one of their DNA to impregnate the other. ([[ShoutOut He may have gotten this idea from]] ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited.'') He notes that while they could certainly do this "the fun way," they could also just have whatever man they choose donate sperm. (The usual turkey baster joke is replaced by a Super Soaker.) The couple asks their gay friend Ethan.
* Alluded to in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Nanase mentions to her girlfriend Ellen that she thinks she'd like to have a couple of kids someday. Ellen then points out that they have access to GenderBender technology that was ''specifically designed'' for situations like this (albeit by an alien species with a very different view of gender). Nanase is both comforted and creeped out by the thought, particularly since in order to use said technology, they'd have to go through her ChivalrousPervert cousin, Tedd.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had an episode about gay adoption that featured homosexuals of both genders wanting kids. However, the episode's climax involved Stan kidnapping two children from their lesbian mothers.
** He also kidnapped the male couple's child. The lesbian couple try to get him to give her back by showing that gay couples can have a loving normal family.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteveTheHappiestGayCoupleInAllTheWorld'':
** Played straight, if very much for laughs. Dana and Kirsten, the show's token lesbian couple, announce their plans to conceive in the pilot episode, and every one of their stories in subsequent episodes revolves around wacky sperm-seeking hijinks, pregnancy, and motherhood. The stereotype is tweaked a little bit, though, as it is clear that Dana really isn't all that into the whole "motherhood" thing.
--->'''Kirsten:''' I can't wait to nurse!\\
'''Dana:''' I can't wait till your boobs get bigger.
** Pretty much every other lesbian who appears on ''Rick & Steve'' has or is trying to conceive a baby. In one early episode, Kirstin pretends to be a gay man so she can hook up with a gay guy through the internet and steal his sperm. Her hookup turns out to be... another lesbian also seeking sperm. And on the gay cruise episode, all the lesbians onboard are there for the lamaze classes, while all the guys are there to party and hook up. This shouldn't be too surprising, though, since ''Rick and Steve'' is built around turning ridiculous gay stereotypes UpToEleven.