30 Jun We Proudly Celebrate LGBTQ+ Families
LGBTQ Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Although Pride events may be canceled or postponed this year, the spirit of Pride continues to live on at Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG) — as we advocate for equality and believe in acceptance for all.
At FSMG, our goal is to listen to LGBTQ+ individuals when they say they feel unseen or misunderstood — and use our voices and program to support their reproductive rights.
At FSMG, we are committed to helping gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals and couples realize their dream of parenthood. Our clinic stands with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in supporting LGBTQ+ couples and individuals — who have the same desires and rights to have a family as do heterosexual couples.
LGBTQ+ Family Building: What Sets Us Apart
What makes our program at FSMG different when it comes to family building options for LGBTQ+ individuals?
- Counseling at Fertility Specialists Medical Group (FSMG) helps couples and individuals within the LGBTQ+ community more apprised on their options for building a family.
- The FSMG team plans personal, one-on-one conversations with LGBTQ+ couples and individuals to provide a supportive and educational environment in which everyone is educated on the medical and emotional factors involved in treatment.
- FSMG not only offers various options regarding egg and sperm donation sources, but also teaches on the ability or desire to carry a pregnancy, desires to play a biologic role that may exist for LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, and the type of assisted reproductive technology available to reach parenthood. Treatments include intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), the recipient of the partner’s eggs (ROPE), egg donation, and sperm donation.
- We also provide recommendations for psychologic and legal professionals with expertise in third-party reproduction for all our LGBTQ+ patients seeking parenthood. The providers at FSMG believe everyone should become familiarized with their legal rights as a parent, including possible issues of parenting rights.
Fertility Services for Gay Individuals and Couples
Same-sex male couples or individuals will need the assistance of a gestational carrier and an egg donor for family building. An Egg donor is selected by varying information, including egg donor background, health history, physical characteristics, pregnancy history, and genetic screening.
Some couples choose to use an identified egg donor (previously termed “known”), who is typically a friend or family member of the nonbiologically involved partner. Known egg donors are also required to be screened as prescribed by the FDA.
A gestational carrier is necessary to carry the pregnancy. The gestational carrier can be a family member or friend of the couple or found through a gestational carrier agency.
If a same-sex male couple is building a family, they may choose to use sperm from one or both individuals to create embryos. If they decide to use both sperm sources, specific embryos will be transferred and reviewed to optimize the couple’s reproductive goals.
Fertility Services for Lesbian Individuals and Couples
Does one partner wish to be both the egg source and the carrier? Do they both ultimately want to carry, using the same sperm donor? Does one partner want to be the egg source and the other the carrier? Our fertility specialists can help with this decision making by advising on prognosis, timing, and cost of the various options.
A sperm donor will need to be selected. Most couples choose a nonidentified donor through a sperm bank. All sperm banks are required to follow specific guidelines set forth by the FDA regarding infectious disease testing. Banks can vary significantly regarding the information they give on donor background, health history, physical characteristics, pregnancy history, and genetic screening.
If both partners would like to be involved in the pregnancy, they can consider reciprocal IVF, which we call the recipient of the partner’s eggs (ROPE). In this procedure, one partner provides the eggs to be fertilized via IVF, and the other has the resulting embryo(s) implanted in her uterus to carry the pregnancy.
Options for Transgender, Intersex & Asexual Individuals or Couples
Transgender, intersex, and asexual couples and individuals may need third-party reproductive assistance to become parents.
An FSMG fertility expert will identify personalized needs and wishes for patients to develop an appropriate treatment plan. FSMG physicians are experienced and well-versed regarding options at various stages of transitioning and will work with individuals and couples to address their reproductive wishes while still respecting their short and long-term goals.
For our LGBTQ+ couples and individuals who are starting their family building journey, we believe in you, we support you, and we see you!