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Surrogacy for LGBTQ Couples

By Michael Vermesh on August 22, 2021

A lesbian couple with their surrogateMany LGBTQ couples dream of having children together. Surrogacy can help make that dream a reality. Through surrogacy, it’s possible for LGBTQ couples to share a biological connection to their children and experience the excitement of pregnancy alongside their surrogate. 

The Center for Fertility and Gynecology, Dr. Michael Vermesh and Dr. Tannaz Toloubeydokhti are happy to offer surrogacy for LGBTQ couples in Los Angeles, CA, Tarzana, CA, Bakersfield, CA, and surrounding areas. To learn more about surrogacy, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose Surrogacy?

Surrogacy provides a way for couples who can’t become pregnant or face other barriers to pregnancy have children of their own. It also makes it possible for one or both partners in an LGBTQ relationship to have children they are biologically connected to. 

Gay male partners who want to have their own children may be able to by having a surrogate carry their child for them. Lesbian couples may also turn to surrogacy when neither person in the relationship is able to become pregnant.

Surrogacy Considerations

Once a couple decides to undergo surrogacy, they will need to make several decisions. Of course one of the biggest decisions is choosing a surrogate. This may be done using a surrogacy agency or the couple may choose a close friend or sometimes a family member. In addition to choosing a surrogate, couples must decide who will provide the sperm or eggs. 

  • Same-sex male couples: Same-sex male couples may choose one partner to be the biological father. Another option is to mix both partner’s sperm so that the exact biological father can be unknown. If both partners want a biological connection to their child, one partner’s sperm can be combined with the eggs of a family member of the other partner.
  • Lesbian couples: Lesbian couples choosing surrogacy may use their own eggs, if possible. Additionally, a sperm donor will be needed. The sperm donor may be chosen through an agency or may be a friend or family member. Using a family member’s sperm can make it possible for both partners to share a biological connection to the child. 

Is Surrogacy Right for You?

Surrogacy may be right for you and your partner if you are ready to have children that you or your partner share a biological connection with or if you and your partner face fertility challenges that make it difficult to become pregnant.

Surrogacy has made parenthood a reality for countless LGBTQ couples. Our doctors are available to discuss surrogacy and what options might be right for you and your partner’s family planning needs. 

Contact the Center for Fertility and Gynecology 

Through surrogacy, it is possible for LGBTQ couples to have children of their own. If you and your partner have questions about surrogacy, or if you would like to find out if it is right for you, please call (818) 881-9800 to schedule a consultation at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology. 

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