LGBT Fertility

Innovations in Fertility Treatment Open Doors for Singles and the LGBT Community

Same-sex couples, as well as single women and men, find it easier to start a family and have children thanks to the many advances in fertility treatments. What’s more, many studies conclude that sexual orientation of the parent is not associated with psychological development in children. Innovative Fertility Center and Dr. Mark Rispler offer many options to start or add to a family.

Family Building Options for Lesbians and Single Women

Lesbian couples and single women can start a family with donor sperm and IUI or IVF. Lesbian couples must decide which partner will carry the pregnancy. A woman can choose to donate her eggs to the partner that will carry the pregnancy. This option is known as reciprocal IVF, and allows each partner to be equally involved in the process.

The next step for the lesbian couple or single women involves ordering donor sperm. This can be done through a known donor, or donor sperm bank. Donor sperm banks enable the couple to select sperm from a large pool of donors offering a variety of physical characteristics.

Single women and lesbian couples rely on IUI or IVF to expand their families.

• Intrauterine insemination utilizes a small catheter to place the sperm directly into the uterus. This is a painless procedure that takes just a few minutes.

• IVF involves fertilization in the laboratory. The resulting embryo is then implanted into the woman’s uterus in a simple procedure known as embryo transfer.

Dr. Rispler will help you to determine the best fertility treatment option.

Family Building Options for Gay and Single Men

Most gay couples and single men will need to use an egg donor and a surrogate, or someone to carry the pregnancy. Sperm will be screened and tested for infectious diseases by a blood test. This screening and storing is a requirement per FDA regulations. Dr. Rispler recommends storing several semen samples to ensure that we have enough sperm for the cycle.

The gay couple or single man will also need to select an egg donor. Once a donor is chosen, the donor undergoes an IVF cycle and her eggs are retrieved. The sperm and eggs are combined and embryos are created in the Innovative Fertility Center embryology lab. These embryos are then transferred into the surrogate that was chosen to carry the pregnancy.

Innovative Fertility Center is your partner in fertility, and provides many opportunities to achieve your dreams of having the family of your dreams. Contact us to learn more about family building options.