Fertility Treatments : LGBT Family Building

LGBT Family Building

REACH is proud to help LGBT individuals and couples create families with the assistance of our state of the art fertility treatments. The first step is scheduling an initial consultation with one of our physicians to review medical history, conduct fertility evaluation, and to discuss treatment options and financial resources. After completing the initial consultation, the next step will be undergoing diagnostic testing to determine the fertility level of either partner. Your fertility specialist and clinical team will put together your tailored treatment plan once all testing is completed.

Family Building Options for Gay Men

Thanks to the advances in reproductive technology, family building for same-sex male couples is more possible than ever before. Through the use of a gestational carrier along with an egg donor, we are able to help gay men and couples build the family of their dreams. Using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with donor eggs and the sperm from one or both of the male partners, we can create embryos that can then be transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy.

Family Building Options for Lesbian Couples

There are two main treatment options used by lesbian couples who would like to build a family: Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves inseminating one partner with donor sperm. The sperm is injected directly into the uterus on the day of ovulation. The timing of ovulation can be controlled through the use of fertility medications and sometimes it is performed after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.

If it is determined that In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) would provide the best chances of achieving a pregnancy, the egg (oocyte) of one partner will be fertilized in a laboratory dish using donor sperm.  Your fertility doctor will then transfer the resulting embryo(s) to the uterus to develop naturally within the partner who will carry the pregnancy. One option that many lesbian couples choose is reciprocal IVF, which allows both partners to be involved in the conception. Reciprocal IVF is a possibility for couples that do not have infertility and they may choose to retrieve the eggs from one partner, inseminate the eggs with donor sperm and have the resultant embryo(s) transferred into the other partner who then carries the pregnancy to term.

Legal Resources

If you choose to use third party reproduction (donor sperm, donor eggs, or gestational carrier) in order to build your family, it is important to speak with an attorney who specializes in third party reproductive law. They can help you and your partner navigate legal requirements that come with third part reproduction, including establishing legal parentage. The team at REACH can refer to you attorneys with experience in this very special area of legal practice.

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