To begin the surrogacy process, you may start by finding either an in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic or a surrogacy agency that you like and works with gay men/couples. IVF clinics and surrogacy agencies work closely together and will often be able to refer you back and forth to each other.
Dr. Samuel Pang, Medical Director at IVF New England, has been treating gay and transgender men and women since 1998. He spoke with FertilityAuthority about options for preserving your fertility and building your family before and after transitioning.
Donor insemination is an option for lesbian women or couples who wish to have a biological connection to their child. You may use an anonymous sperm donor through a sperm bank or fertility center, or a known donor who may be a friend or relative.
The type of insemination you’ll use will be based on a number of factors, including personal preference, cost, and fertility potential. Types of insemination include:
One increasingly popular option for lesbian partners wishing to have a child is reciprocal (also called partner) in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this option, one partner provides the eggs and the other partner carries the pregnancy. This is attractive to many couples because it allows both women to be physically involved in the pregnancy.
As our country has become more progressive there is a greater and greater interest in same sex options for creating a family. Today I will explore some of the issues for female same sex couples and in my next blog I will review the options for male couples.
written in partnership with Southern California Reproductive Center March 7, 2014
Increasingly, LGBT women and men are having biological families. We spoke with the doctors at Southern California Reproductive Center, to get answers to top questions on how to get started building your family if you are in a same sex relationship, are transgendered, or have a transgendered partner.
As we head into 2014 one thing is clear... we are heading into the future.
This might seem like a redundant statement, reiterating what is inevitable every new January as we close chapters and set resolutions, but as culture and law and technology collide this isn't always the case in practice. I am, however, happy to report that in the world of assisted reproduction and LGBTQ family building , the future looks bright and we are definitely headed in the right, amazing, stuff that dreams are made of, direction!