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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.

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.

Surrogacy is an option for gay men who wish to have a biological connection to their child. In a gestational surrogacy arrangement, one or more embryos would be created in an IVF cycle, using donor eggs and the individual or couple’s sperm.

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