Advances in assisted reproductive technology have enabled many lesbian, gay or transgender couples and individuals to achieve their dreams of starting a family. The assisted fertility program of Jacksonville, FL and Roanoke, VA has assisted many members of the LGBT community over the years with fertility treatments to help them achieve their dreams of having a baby. The assisted fertility program does not discriminate based on gender and feels every person is entitled to be able to experience the joy of having a baby while being free from judgement.
Family building options for lesbian women
For lesbian women, there are several options available for family building. The first option is insemination with donor sperm. In many cases, one partner may wish to be inseminated with the sperm from the donor. In other situations, however, both women may decide they want to experience pregnancy. Some women may decide to be inseminated with the donor sperm at the same time in order for both to attempt pregnancy at the same time.
Some women may prefer a timeline for example; two vials of donor sperm are ordered and one is used now and the other is kept frozen. The first woman is inseminated and if she becomes pregnant then carries the child. When a sibling is desired several years later, the other female partner is inseminated with the same donor’s sperm.
The other option for lesbian women to have a baby is In-Vitro Fertilization. Typically, Insemination is recommended first if the woman is under age 35 as IVF is costlier than insemination. However, many lesbian women may desire in vitro fertilization because one partner can use her eggs mixed with donor sperm and the embryo can be implanted into the other female partner to carry the child. This way, both women can feel as if they have participated in the creation process and this can be very fulfilling for many.
The success rates for IVF varies based on the woman’s health, age and other factors so Dr. Shaykh will discuss the potential success rate after examination of the uterus and ovaries and after a health history has been completed.
Family building options for gay men
For gay men, using an egg donor and a gestational surrogate can make their dreams of having a family come true. The assisted fertility program has a database of anonymous egg donors and gestational surrogates who can make it possible for gay men to have a baby. An egg donor and gestational surrogate simply needs to be selected, and one of both men if desired can provide a semen specimen on the day of the egg retrieval from the donor to be mixed with the eggs. The fertilized embryos will be allowed to grow for several days and then placed into the uterus of the gestational surrogate to carry the pregnancy to term. IVF using an egg donor has approximately a 50-60% success rate.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to be legally married to undergo IVF treatment?
No, you do not need to be legally married to undergo IVF treatment. If you are using a gestational surrogate however, we will need a copy of a legal contract prior to the procedure.
I am under 21 years of age, can I still undergo Insemination using donor sperm?
Yes, insemination can be performed with consent as long as you are over age 18.
I am single and not in a committed relationship, can I still do insemination or IVF treatment?
Yes, you can still have fertility treatments regardless of your relationship status.
It is important to check with your local state laws regarding parental rights or any contracts desired as part of the assisted reproduction process. If a person is using a known own egg donor, a legal contract will be required. If you use an egg donor from our database, no legal contract is required since the identity of the egg donors are anonymous.
Gestational surrogates will also need a legal contract with the recipient/recipients. If you are unsure of how to proceed or have questions, Dr. Shaykh can refer you to an experienced family law attorney to draw up the necessary legal contracts needed.
Gestational surrogacy different from traditional surrogacy in which the surrogate uses her own eggs and is inseminated with sperm from one or both of the men. Traditional surrogacy poses legal problems since the biological mother is not only using her eggs but also carrying the child and is discouraged. In addition, traditional surrogacy laws differ from state to state.
Individuals considered intersex meaning that they have both sexual organs present or ambiguous sexual organs can be evaluated and treated at the assisted fertility program. Dr. Shaykh is an experienced reproductive endocrinologist with over 30 years of experience. Many intersex individuals have been able to successfully start a family through the help of assisted reproductive technology.
If you are ready to start a family, please contact Dr. Shaykh to set up a consultation appointment to discuss your options.