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Egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy are increasingly being used as options for LGBT family-building.

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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.

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.

LGBT Videos

What is the Surrogacy Process for Gay Men?

Guy Ringler M.D at California Fertility Partners discusses what the process is for Surrogacy for Gay Men

Gay Men and Biological Children with Surrogacy

Guy Ringler M.D at California Fertility Partners discusses how gay men have biological children with surrogacy. With two sperm providers, we can divide the eggs into two equal groups so each guy gets a chance at fertilizing half of the eggs. One or two embryos may be transferred into the surrogate mother.

What are Options for Lesbian Women to Have Children?

Guy Ringler M.D at California Fertility Partners discusses what the options are for lesbian women who want to have children