LGBTQ Family Planning Services
Starting a family is an exciting experience. For LGBTQ couples who wish to experience the joy of parenthood, there many questions about what fertility treatment options are available. The Center for Fertility and Gynecology has helped numerous LGBTQ couples throughout Los Angeles, CA, realize their dreams.
Let’s look at popular fertility treatments for LGBTQ couples looking to start a family. Keep in mind that this post only covers the basics. It’s crucial that you visit our fertility specialists to discuss which treatment might best meet your needs.
Surrogacy is one of the most common ways LGBTQ couples choose to start their families due to its rising popularity. In this process, a third party is hired to carry a couple’s child to term. During in vitro fertilization (IVF), a fertilized embryo is transferred to the surrogate’s uterus where it implants and develops.
Sometimes a surrogate is a family member or friend who agrees to help an LGBTQ couple. Other times an agency is used to connect couples with a gestational carrier who has no genetic tie to the couple. The team at our Los Angeles area fertility clinics can help you find a surrogate if you need one.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a form of assisted conception where sperm is injected into the uterus to facilitate fertilization. It's becoming an increasingly popular option for same-sex couples looking to start their own families.
Keep in mind that the artificial insemination process is subject to numerous variables compared to IVF in which fertilization occurs in a controlled lab setting.
Reciprocal IVF is also another great option that allows same-sex female partners to both be intimately involved in the pregnancy journey.
During reciprocal IVF, one partner provides the eggs while the other partner carries the baby to term. This allows both parents to play an equal role and enables the child to possess the genetics of the partner whose egg has been used.
The Use of Egg and Sperm Donors
Many same-sex couples rely on egg and sperm donors in order to make their dreams of parenthood a reality. The Center for Fertility and Gynecology can connect LGBTQ couples with various donors who have been screened and vetted. We can walk you through the process and discuss treatment options with you in greater detail during the consultation process.
Consider Talking to the Experts
To learn more about LGBTQ family planning services, consider a visit to the Center for Fertility and Gynecology. With multiple locations in the Greater Los Angeles area, we offer state-of-the-art medical care in a patient-centered and supportive environment.
Dr. Michael Vermesh and Dr. Tannaz Toloubeydokhti have been providing fertility services and medical care for LGBTQ individuals for over a decade.
Set Up an Appointment Today
If you and your partner are serious about starting a family, our doctors can help. To schedule an appointment at the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, contact our practice online. You can also reach our offices by phone. Call us in Torrance at (818) 514-1184, in Tarzana at (818) 514-1184, in Bakersfield at (661) 326-1075, and in Thousand Oaks at (805) 807-1075.