Gay and Lesbian Family Building
USC Fertility is proud to be helping Gay and Lesbian men and women build families through the use of artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy. For over 25 years we have been pioneers in advanced reproductive techniques that help all individuals start a family with their own biological children.
Reproductive Options for Lesbian Women
Lesbian single women have the option to conceive with the simple treatment of an intrauterine insemination. However, prior to treatment a work up should be performed to evaluate the likelihood of conception. In order to maximize the chance of conceiving we need to select the optimal treatment for each patient. In older women, this may mean that hormonal treatments may be prescribed in conjunction with an insemination or it may be that in vitro fertilization will afford the best chance for conception.
For Lesbian couples, one partner may choose to donate the egg and the other partner will carry the pregnancy. In order to accomplish this, in vitro fertilization is necessary, as the partner donating the egg would be stimulated with hormones and have her eggs harvested and fertilized and then transferred into the other partner’s uterus to carry the pregnancy.
However, if one partner is providing the eggs and carrying the pregnancy, in vitro fertilization is not necessary. Instead insemination can be performed, that may or may not require hormonal treatment, depending on the woman’s chances of conceiving.
Sperm used to fertilize the eggs can be from a friend, relative or anonymous donor through a sperm bank.
Reproductive Options for Gay Men
Gay couples and single men can build their families with the combination of donor eggs, their own sperm and a surrogate. With the use of in vitro fertilization, donor eggs can be fertilized with sperm of the intended parent(s) and the resultant embryos can be transferred back into a gestational surrogate to carry the pregnancy. When usinganonymous egg donation/surrogacy the pregnancy rates are very high as the egg donorsare young and the surrogates are chosen for the healthy uterine environment we thinkthey can provide. However, an egg donor can be someone known to the individual (orcouple) and then the chance of conceiving is dependant on the age and reproductivehealth of the egg donor.
Sperm Donation, Egg Donation and Surrogacy
When utilizing sperm donors, egg donors and surrogates to start your family, the processcan be daunting. We at USC Fertility are here to guide you through that process andshow you that in fact, it may not be that difficult after all and actually can be simple,efficient and exciting.