Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Family Building By on August 13, 2012

Los Angeles has one of the largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) communities in the country.  This past weekend, Dr. Winkler and I, had the opportunity to address a group of prospective GBLT parents about non-traditional family building options.  The group is called “Maybe Baby” and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian center.  The head of the group happens to be a former patient of our center, the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, who is happily raising a pair of beautiful twins with his partner.   

At the meeting, which took place at the West Hollywood recreation center, Dr. Winkler and I discussed a variety of topics which pertain to fertility treatment in general as well as matters which are specific to the GLBT community.  The topics included:

Physiology/ Natural Conception.

We discussed the basic physiology behind conception and the anatomical structures which make it possible.  While many people have not thought about the male and female reproductive systems since 7th grade health class, our description and review served as the foundation to understand all of the fertility treatment options going forward. 

Fertility Testing

It is important to remember that most GLBT couples are not “infertile” in the traditional sense of the word.  In some ways, the greatest hurdle to becoming pregnant for GLBT couples is logistical rather than physiological.  With that being said, we believe that it is reasonable to conduct some basic fertility testing prior to commencing treatment.  The basic tests will depend on the couples gender and desires. First, we consider it important to assess ovarian reserve through ultrasound based antral follicle count, day 3 FSH and estradiol as well as AMH.  Additionally, it may be reasonable to ensure that a woman’s fallopian tubes are open and that her uterus is normally shaped.  This is assessed through a test called an hysterosalpingogram (HSG).  Additionally, we recommend testing male factors through a semen analysis prior to beginning treatment. 

Treatment Options

Finally, the talk addressed the multitude of treatment options available for GBLT couples.  Intrauterine insemination (IUI), where prepared sperm is placed into the uterus of a woman who is close to ovulation, was the first option discussed.  Next, IUI combined with ovarian stimulation was described.  This is often referred to as controlled ovarian hyperstimulation or COH.  Subsequently we talked about in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and the techniques involved with this amazing technology.  Lastly we discussed oocyte donation and surrogacy.  These last 2 variations of IVF are especially relevant to GLBT couples as they allow the greatest flexibility for utilizing both partners in the conception process. 

We enjoyed the opportunity to speak to this excited and enthusiastic group.  At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we truly believe that all people have the right to become parents.  If you have more questions about family building for same sex couples, please contact us at (818) 881-9800.  We would be happy to speak with you.

Related to This

Doctors

The Center for Fertility and Gynecology

The Center for Fertility and Gynecology provides cutting-edge medical care in a patient-oriented and supportive setting. Drs. Michael Vermesh and Tannaz Toloubeydokhti offer all couples the best possible evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of male and female infertility. Our experienced physicians are affiliated with:

  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparascopists
  • ACOG: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Medical Association
  • ASRM: American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Pacific Coast Reproductive Society
  • Resolve: The National Infertility Association
  • SREI: Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
  • The Seed Fertility Program

Ready to start your family? Request your consultation today by filling out our online form or calling (818) 881-9800.

Get In Touch

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite
Google map image of our location in 24241 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 201 Torrance, CA

Torrance Office

24241 Hawthorne Blvd
Ste 201
Torrance, CA 90505

Open Today

Google map image of our location in 18370 Burbank Blvd Ste 301 Tarzana, CA

Tarzana Office

18370 Burbank Blvd
Ste 301
Tarzana, CA 91356

Open Today

Google map image of our location in 9610 Stockdale Hwy  Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield Office

9610 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Closed Today

Google map image of our location in 415 Rolling Oaks Dr  Thousand Oaks, CA

Thousand Oaks Office

415 Rolling Oaks Dr
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Closed Today

Google map image of our location in 5353 Balboa Blvd Ste 301 Encino, CA

Our Lab

5353 Balboa Blvd
Ste 301
Encino, CA 91316

Closed Today

(818) 881-9800 Send a message