LGBT Families Reproductive Options
Same sex couples and individuals seeking to build a family face additional challenges, and are often given misinformation about their reproductive options. FSMG is 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 use of a gestational carrier. Gay, lesbian, transgender and bi-sexual couples have various options for building a family of their own.
Female couples have various reproductive options. When deciding on which option is optimal for a particular couple or individual, several factors should be considered.-Who will provide the egg? Who will carry the pregnancy? -What type of sperm donor will you be using? Anonymous or known? -What are your particular goals for family building? Would you like to have a genetic role or a carrier role?
In today’s complex and ever-changing legal environment, there may be legal concerns regarding parenting rights. We believe everyone should be educated about their legal rights as a parent and can facilitate contact with an appropriate adviser.
The three basic options for female couples (or individual) are:
1) IUI, or Intrauterine Insemination
Donor sperm is placed into the uterus of Partner A around the time of ovulation (either naturally or through ovulation induction).
Eggs from Partner A are retrieved from her ovaries, fertilized with donor sperm, and embryos are grown in culture for 5-6 days. On Day 5 or 6 of embryo development, good quality embryos can either be transferred back into Partner A’s uterus, frozen or biopsied and frozen for later transferred back into Partner A’s uterus.
3) ROPE, or Recipient Of Partners Eggs
ROPE is a popular option, as it includes both female partners in the reproductive process. In ROPE, Partner A’s eggs are retrieved, fertilized with donor sperm, but the resulting embryo(s) is than placed into the uterus of Partner B for gestation.
At Fertility Specialists Medical Group, we are experienced in the complicated and intricate coordination necessary for male couples to start a family of their own. There are some basic questions that need to be addressed when a male couple begins the reproductive journey.-Who will provide the sperm? One partner, both partners, or a donor? -Who will be the egg donor? Anonymous or known? -Who will be the gestational carrier? -What will be the custody status of the resulting child, as well as any remaining unused embryos?
FSMG will be with you every step of the way, from selecting an egg donor to coordinating and caring for the gestational carrier in early pregnancy.
We suggest that male couples start the process with an Initial Consultation with one of our physicians. At this consultation, we will provide the resources and contacts (Gestational Carrier Agencies, Lawyers, etc) needed to take the next steps towards building your family.
Click Here for Dr. Wendy Shelly’s article on same sex parenting in the 2014 American Fertility Association directory
Click Here for Dr. Wendy Shelly’s Spring 2013 edition of “The Path to Parenthood Isn’t Always Straight: Ask a Fertility Doctor”
Click Here for Dr. Wendy Shelly’s article on LGBT family building from GSDBA’s Connections Magazine