LGBTQ+ Fertility and Gay Parenting Care Options
The Reproductive Medicine Group offers a wide range of inclusive fertility treatment options for LGBTQ+ couples and individuals who want to become parents.
First Steps for LGBTQ+ Families
The first step for aspiring LGBTQ+ parents is an initial consultation with one of our physicians at one of our five local fertility clinics. The doctor, a reproductive endocrinologist/fertility specialist, reviews your medical history, recommends appropriate fertility testing, and discusses possible fertility treatments.
The second step is to complete fertility testing.
Why fertility testing for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples?
Some LGBTQ+ individuals and couples wonder why testing for fertility is necessary. Not only does fertility testing identify any infertility issues (which can affect anyone of any age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, ethnicity, etc.), but it also helps to assure that all patients receive the fertility care that is right for them. Once a doctor reviews the results, they work to develop a plan to put each family on a path to parenthood.
Fertility Treatments for Aspiring Lesbian Parents
IUI with donor sperm
IUI (also known as artificial insemination) requires the intended parent(s) to select a sperm donor from an approved sperm donor bank for what is known as TDI (Therapeutic Donor Insemination – or IUI with donor sperm). A highly trained nurse places the donor sperm into the uterus at the time of ovulation.
IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) with donor sperm
IVF involves several steps, which typically includes:
- Ovarian stimulation
- Egg retrieval
- Embryo creation using donor sperm
- Embryo transfer.
IVF has a much higher success rate than IUI, but is more costly.
Shared Maternity or Reciprocal IVF
Shared maternity or reciprocal IVF is a form of assisted reproduction that allows both partners in a lesbian, transmasculine, non-binary, or other queer partnership to both be involved in the fertility treatment process. One partner provides the egg that is fertilized with donor sperm, while the other receives the embryo, carries the pregnancy, and gives birth to the baby.
Fertility Treatments for Aspiring Gay Male Parents
Advances in LGBTQ+ fertility treatment options allow gay men to biologically build their families. At The Reproductive Medicine Group, we help gay men become parents by using egg donation and gestational carriers (surrogates). Sperm from one or both of the fathers is combined with donated eggs by IVF. The resulting embryo is transferred into the uterus of the gestational surrogate in order to carry the pregnancy to term.
Companies that provide gestational surrogates partner with The Reproductive Medicine Group to make this process work.
Advanced LGBTQ+ Fertility Care in Florida
The Reproductive Medicine Group has many years of experience providing advanced, inclusive fertility care options to the LGBTQ+ community in Florida. With locations in North Tampa, South Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, and Wesley Chapel, our expert team of fertility specialists is ready to answer all your questions and provide personalized fertility care. Schedule a consultation with The Reproductive Medicine Group.