The Center for Fertility and Gynecology

Our LGBT Family Planning Services

At the Center for Fertility & Gynecology, we believe that everyone who wants to have a family should have the opportunity to start one, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or partner status. As such, we offer a range of LGBT fertility services at our Los Angeles, CA, practice, including egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational surrogates.

Dr. Michael Vermesh, Dr. Tannaz Toloubeydokhti, and our entire team are proud to be part of your journey to parenthood. We have been providing fertility care to LGBT families since 1987 and we can design a treatment plan suited to your preferences and budget. 

Family Planning for Same-Sex Couples

We are dedicated to helping same-sex couples achieve their goal of parenthood.

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Lesbian Fertility Options

Typically, family planning for female same-sex couples involves intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as a sperm donor. Some of the questions lesbian couples must consider include:

  • Who will carry the baby?
  • Whose eggs will be used?
  • Who will provide the sperm?

How you answer these questions is incredibly personal. You can sit down with Dr. Vermesh or Toloubeydokhti and discuss the different possibilities. Lesbian couples can use known or anonymous donor sperm. Depending on your needs, we can perform IUI with natural ovulation or improve your odds by using medication so more than one egg is released during ovulation. 

At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their dreams of a family. 

With reciprocal IVF, you also have the option of deciding to place the embryos, derived from one partner's eggs, into the uterus of the other partner. In this way, both partners are connected biologically to the child.

For many couples, these decisions require a great deal of discussion and support. Our range of treatments allow you to customize your path to parenthood. Our team is with you every step of the way to help you choose the route to parenthood most suited to your family. 

Olivia and Rebecca's Testimonial

In this testimonial, Olivia and Rebecca share their experience at The Center for Fertility and Gynecology. They were kept informed every step of the way, and they felt completely comfortable at our center. They are now expecting a healthy baby girl.

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Fertility Options for Gay Men

Male same-sex couples will need to use both an egg donor and a gestational surrogate to conceive. Some questions gay couples should consider include:

  • Whose sperm will be used?
  • Who will donate the eggs?
  • Who will carry the baby?

These questions have several different answers and our range of treatments allow you to customize your path to parenthood. Gay couples can use the sperm of either or both partners. Then, we can perform IVF with an egg donor and a gestational surrogate. 

In either case, we can perform routine testing for the partner or partners donating their sperm to check sperm motility, volume, and concentration. In addition, all donors are extensively screened to identify any genetic, psychological, or physical issues. 

Chris and Zuri's Story

Chris and Zuri share their story working with Dr. Vermesh. They had an incredibly positive experience and felt comfortable throughout the entire process.

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How to Get Started

If you are considering starting a family, your first step is to schedule an appointment at our center. During the initial consultation, you and your partner can sit down with Dr. Vermesh or Dr. Toloubeydokhti.

They can review your medical history, perform any preliminary testing, and discuss your hopes and preferences for treatment. Based on the results of your tests, you and your doctor can begin designing a treatment plan which suits your family. 

Begin Building Your Family 

For any couple wanting to conceive, the process can seem overwhelming and stressful. At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their dreams of a family. If you are an LGBT couple considering family planning, contact our team online or call one of our multiple convenient locations

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