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Surrogacy for Gay Couples

Surrogacy for gay couples offers an opportunity for one or both partners to be biologically connected to their child. At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology in Los Angeles, CA, we offer a range of services for LGBT families, including egg donation, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and gestational surrogacy. With a variety of options available, gay couples can find a fertility solution suited to their unique goals and preferences. Our doctors, Dr. Michael Vermesh and Dr. Tannaz Toloubeydokhti, can discuss your options with you and help fulfill your dream of parenthood. 

Is Surrogacy Right for Me?

Surrogacy is an option for gay men who want a biological link with their children. For lesbian couples who are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy, we can discuss our different LGBT family planning services with you and help you select the route to parenthood most suited to you. 

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Traditional or gestational surrogacy offers gay couples a way to create a genetic connection with their child. 

Surrogacy Options

Advancements in fertility treatments have opened up a range of doors for gay couples considering surrogacy. LGBT surrogacy is most commonly achieved using an egg donor, gestational carrier, and IVF

For gay men, one or both partners can donate sperm that is combined with the donated eggs in our lab and then placed into the uterus of the gestational carrier. Lesbian women can use their own or donated eggs and donor sperm to achieve the same result.

Before you begin the process, there are a few decisions you will need to make, including:

  • Who will be genetically related to the child? 
  • Will you use a known or anonymous donor?
  • Do you want to use an agency to find a gestational carrier or work with someone you know?

These questions are highly personal. Once you make them, the surrogacy process is very similar to any other intended parent’s journey.

For many gay couples, surrogacy is a way for them to create a profound biological connection with their children.

Biological Connections

For many gay couples, surrogacy is a way for them to create a profound biological connection with their children. This concern is especially powerful for gay men when both partners wish to be genetically linked to a child. At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we can help you achieve this goal in several ways. 

  • Our lab can combine the sperm of each partner with separate batches of donor eggs. This choice can result in twins, each with the same biological mother, but different fathers. 
  • A female relative of one partner could be their egg donor. The donated eggs are then fertilized with the sperm of the other partner. 

You can also choose to undergo two rounds of surrogacy with the same surrogate, using a different partner’s sperm for each pregnancy. In this way, the children share the same biological mother and each partner has a biological relationship with one child. 

Begin Building Your Family

For many gay couples, surrogacy offers a unique opportunity to create powerful biological bonds with their children. It can also help lesbian couples overcome fertility barriers. At the Center for Fertility and Gynecology, we are committed to helping you build your family. With a huge range of options available, we can help you find the route that is right for you. Learn more about surrogacy for gay couples by contacting our offices online or calling one of our multiple locations today. 

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