07 May Should Gay Males See a Reproductive Endocrinologist Before Building a Family with Surrogacy?
Today, the ongoing development and ever-increasing availability of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) make it possible for gay male couples/individuals to have biological children of their own.
Understanding your family-building options is just the first step on the road to parenthood. Gay couples/individuals who desire to start or expand their family will need the assistance of a gestational carrier and an egg donor for family building.
Gay males should seek the help of a reproductive endocrinologist before starting to build a family with surrogacy. Both partners or the individual should undergo semen analysis to check sperm motility, volume, and concentration.
Once you know more about your male fertility, you’ll be able to better decide which family building options are best for you.
Specialized Reproductive Care for Gay Males
Everyone at FSMG embraces the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s view that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual couples and individuals (as well as single heterosexuals) all have the same desires and rights to have a family as do heterosexual couples.
The evolution of reproductive medicine has significantly advanced the prospects of family building for members of the LGBTQAI community.
Reproductive endocrinologists offer care in terms of hormonal maintenance and reproduction. The goal at FSMG is to help gay males prepare in respect to planning their family. And equally important — to make the LGBTQAI community aware that not only do we provide services, but we also truly appreciate and understand their needs.
Be in the Know — Fertility in Gay Men
LGBTQAI men have the same risk of experiencing infertility as men in heterosexual relationships. FSMG encourages male partners to be tested for fertility issues before proceeding with family building options at a surrogacy agency.
There are no obvious physical symptoms of male infertility because most of such issues are in the quality or quantity of sperm produced. Infertility in men is usually only diagnosed following a semen analysis.
Common male fertility tests include:
- Physical examination and review of medical and sexual history
- Semen analysis to determine semen volume, sperm concentration (number per milliliter), motility (movement) and morphology (shape)
FSMG has fertility treatments that can help overcome male infertility and treatments with surgically retrieved sperm that can work around even the most severe cases of male infertility.
Surrogacy and the Journey to Parenthood
Our approach to reproductive care is to have personal, one-on-one conversations of a supportive and educational nature with each individual about the medical and emotional factors involved in the journey to parenthood.
IVF and IUI have opened up family-building prospects for individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, whom we proudly serve.
At FSMG, we are experienced in counseling same-sex couples and individuals about their options for starting a family, including coordinating the complex process of sperm or egg donation and the use of a gestational carrier. A GC, as well as an egg donor, is also used to assist single men or gay male couples wanting to build a family. The potential GC is evaluated here at FSMG for medical clearance and, if appropriate, can then proceed with embryo transfer.
The physicians and staff at FSMG are here to help ALL individuals achieve their family-building goals — every step of the way.