Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility welcomes intended parents of all backgrounds and sexual preferences. We proudly support the gay, lesbian, and transgender community. Eden believes everyone has the right to experience the gift of parenthood!
We help those in the LGBTQ+ community achieve their dreams of starting a family. Everyone who is eyeing to build a family should be able to do so. We believe every child deserves to grow in a loving and caring family. We serve LGBTQ+ couples and individuals , irrespective of whom they love, by providing easy and open access to our state-of-the-art fertility clinic in Orange County.
Our fertility experts ensure a personalized patient experience extending superior fertility care at each of our three locations in Southern California: in Newport Beach, Fullerton, and La Jolla.
LGBTQ+ Family-building Treatment Options
LGBTQ fertility treatment options have advanced in the last few years, allowing more couples to go for the family way. Here one of the main considerations is the age of the couples. The sperm quality, surrogacy options, and finances are some of the important points to consider. Various fertility treatment options for LGBT family building in Orange County includes:
- Ovulation induction – The process involves maturing eggs develop and released during ovulation; used in conjunction with IUI or IVF
- IUI, This process is the insertion of sperm directly into the uterus near the time of ovulation
- IVF, The process involves the fertilization of eggs with sperm in a laboratory to create embryos, which can then be transferred into the uterus
- Reciprocal IVF, Here we use the eggs of one partner and the womb of the other person.
- ICSI, It is an injection of a single sperm into each egg during IVF
- Third-party reproduction, The process of usage of the donated eggs, sperm, or embryos
- Traditional surrogacy, The process of IUI involves the conception using the surrogate’s eggs
- Gestational surrogacy, The process involves using IVF to create embryos that are then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus; the surrogate will not have a genetic link to the child
Fertility Treatment for Lesbian Couples
Intrauterine Insemination, also known as, artificial insemination places donor sperm directly into a woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation.
Lesbian couples require a sperm donor. Choosing a sperm donor is a very personal decision. Sperm donors may be selected based on criteria including physical characteristics, family history, and education. There are two paths to getting donor sperm:
- Anonymous sperm donation – A licensed sperm bank allows the couple to choose their donor. The bank provides donor profiles and all donors are screened for infections and medical issues. The sperm obtained from a bank is available for immediate use.
- Known / Directed sperm donation – Some choose to use the sperm of a friend or an altruistic stranger. The donor is required to undergo a semen analysis and testing for infections.
- Lesbian Couples: A 6-month quarantine of frozen sperm is required prior to its use.
Success rates with donor sperm IUI depend on the age of the woman; with 15 to 20% of young women typically achieving pregnancy per IUI attempt.
Lesbian couples may also select IVF. IVF treatment is used when IUI is unsuccessful or medically not an option. In vitro fertilization is also a great option allowing either one or both partners to participate in the pregnancy process Undergo IVF so that her eggs are used while the other partner carries the pregnancy.
Intrauterine Insemination, or IUI, is the most straight forward, and often the simplest way for a lesbian couple to conceive. A full fertility evaluation will precede the insemination, assuring that the chance of success is maximized. For some patients medications may be prescribed to enhance the potential for conception.
IVF with a sperm donor (lesbian couples) – IVF allows both partners to collaborate in the creation of their child. Also known as reciprocal IVF or egg sharing, this allows one partner to donate eggs and the other can carry the pregnancy.
Possible IVF scenarios:
- Reciprocal IVF involves collecting the eggs from one partner, fertilizing them with donor sperm, and implanting the embryo into the other partner.
- Using eggs from both partners and donor sperm, the embryo is implanted into one partner.
- Using eggs from both partners and donor sperm, the embryos are implanted into both partners.
- Using the eggs from one partner, fertilizing them with donor sperm, and implanting the embryo into a surrogate.
- Using donor eggs and donor sperm, the embryo is implanted into one partner.
- Using donor eggs and donor sperm, the embryo is implanted into a surrogate.
Lesbian couples should keep the following questions in mind:
- Which partner will provide the eggs?
- Who will provide the sperm?
- Who will carry the pregnancy?
Fertility Treatment Gay Couples
IVF is a great option for family building for gay male couples interested in having a biological child. One or both men provide sperm which is used to fertilize eggs from a donor, the resulting embryo(s) are then transferred into a gestational carrier.
Egg donors can be someone known to the couple or a woman pre screened by an Eden Fertility partner egg donor agency. The age of the egg donor plays a pivotal role. Fertility tends to decline with age, thus, the age of the donor should be between 21 years old and 33 years old.
- Anonymous egg donor. If you decide to go with an anonymous donor, it is important to choose a reputable egg donor agency. Eden has partnered with several reputable and ethical agencies.
- Known / Directed egg donor. You can decide to use the eggs of someone you know. The process of retrieving eggs from a woman’s body generally takes several weeks, a course of fertility drugs, and a short outpatient procedure performed under sedation. It is a significant commitment for your donor, and she has to be comfortable working closely with Eden.
Once the egg donor has been selected, she will have to undergo an intensive screening process comprised of psychological, genetic, medical, and infectious disease tests. Both the egg donor and the gay male couple are advised to seek counsel with an attorney specializing in reproductive laws. After these steps are complete a fresh egg donation IVF cycle can start.
Another option to consider is to use frozen donor eggs. Eden collaborates with several reputable egg donor banks, which allow our patients to select a batch of eggs that were previously retrieved from a donor and ship them to Eden for fertilization. This can be a great option since the donor has already undergone the time consuming screening and retrieval processes and the eggs are available for immediate use.
At Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility, our policies comply with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) requirements.
Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility offers gay male couples two options for surrogacy:
Questions for gay male couples to consider:
- Whose sperm will we use?
- Who will be our egg donor?
- Who will carry the pregnancy?
Fertility Options for Transgender Individuals:
Transgender individuals should consult a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) physician prior to undergoing transition. Eden offers advanced fertility preservation options, including egg and sperm freezing, which enable subsequent family-building.
LGBTQ+ Parenting Statistics
Gay and Lesbian parenting statistics in the United States of America:
Approximately 3 million LGBTQ+ Americans have a child.
- Around 6 million children in America have an LGBTQ+ parent.
- 19% of same-sex couples in the United States have children under the age of 18.
- Around 37% of LGBTQ+ adults have had a child at some point in their lives.
Source – Williams Institute, US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS)
Gay & Lesbian Fertility Options
Fertility Treatment Options for Gay Men
With the advancement in the field of reproductive technology, today the gay couples can also fulfill their dream of becoming parents.
Gay male couples and individuals interested in becoming parents through assisted reproductive technologies will require – an egg donor, a surrogate, and IVF treatment. The partner who wishes to use his sperm has to undergo a semen analysis to test the volume, concentration, morphology, and motility of the sperm.
Once the couple has finalized a gestational carrier and an egg donor, the sperm samples (one or both male partners) are used to inseminate the donor eggs.
Following are some Questions for gay couples need to consider:
- Whose sperm will we choose to use?
- How do we get donor eggs?
- Who will carry the baby?
Egg donors can be prescreened by an Eden Fertility partner egg donor agency. When it comes to IVF, the age of the egg donor plays a pivotal role. Fertility tends to decline with age, owing to this, thus the age of the donor should be between 19 years old and -33 years old.
- Anonymous donor. If you decide to go with an anonymous donor, it is important to choose a reputable egg donor agency. Eden has partnered with several reputable and ethical agencies.
- Known donor. You can decide to use the eggs of someone you know. The process of retrieving eggs from a woman’s body generally takes several weeks, a course of fertility drugs, and a short outpatient procedure performed under sedation. It is a significant commitment for your donor, and they will have to be comfortable with working closely with Eden.
Once the egg donor has been selected, she will have to undergo an intensive screening process that comprised of psychological, genetic, medical, and infectious disease tests. Both the egg donor and the gay couple are advised to seek counsel with an attorney specializing in reproductive laws. Our policies comply with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) requirements.
Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility offers gay male couples two primary options: –
Traditional Surrogacy with IUI
In this option, the surrogate will be artificially inseminated with the intended biological sperm of the intended father.
Through the In Vitro Fertilization process, eggs are removed from the ovaries of the egg donor and they are fertilized using the sperm of one of the intended parents.
Lesbian Fertility Options
Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility is dedicated to assisting lesbian couples create their biological children. Success depends on various elements and before initiating the treatment, a medical workup is performed to evaluate the probability of the conception.
Lesbian couples must decide who will donate the egg and who will carry the pregnancy. To accomplish this,In order to obtain the eggs from one partner, in vitro fertilization must be performed. The partner donating the eggs will be stimulated with medication so that she produces more follicles. Eggs are found in the follicles in the ovaries of fertile females. During the egg retrieval procedure, the eggs will be removed surgically and fertilized in an IVF laboratory. IVF is important, as the partner who will donate her egg will be stimulated with hormones, and have her eggs harvested and fertilized.
Once the eggs have been fertilized they will be cultured for about five days and transferred into the uterus of the partner carrying the pregnancy.
Treatment Process for Lesbian Couples
Lesbian couples with no signs of infertility have the option to select either partner to carry the baby. Not every couple will have optimum fertility in both partners. Eden physicians will perform an evaluation which will include blood work, Couples will have to decide which partner will conceive the child. The partner will have to go ahead with a diagnostic examination comprising, it usually comprises blood work on the third day of her period. hormone testing, and this will test the level of hormones and HSG (Hysterosalpingography) to confirm the health of both the uterus and fallopian tubes. Once the couple has completed their evaluation and made a decision as to which partner will carry the baby, the couple will choose a sperm donor in order to achieve pregnancy.
Fertility care for LGBTQ+ patients
All patients will have an initial consultation with their physician to review their medical history, perform diagnostic testing, and discuss financial options. Your medical team will develop a protocol and custom treatment plan for you. Eden has partnered with agencies to provide you with careful screening and to uphold strict criteria for egg and sperm donation, surrogates and gestational carriers. This ensures the highest medical safety protocol and protects couples from potential legal complications.In case the prognosis is good, the couple will make a choice for a sperm donor to be used to achieve pregnancy.
Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility has years of experience treating people who are in need of donor eggs, gestational surrogatesacy, and donor sperm to create their family.
Who may need to use donor eggs:
- ·Women who are over the age of 40 and the probability of birth with their eggs is low.
- Women with diminished ovarian reserve
- Women with primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
- Women over the age of 40
- Women who have undergone the treatment, but do not respond well to the fertility medications concerning the number of quality eggs they produce.
- Women who are diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure or
- Women who no longer have their ovaries.
- Women with genetic abnormalities
- Gay male couples (or individuals) needing an egg donorAll those male couples who ne ed eggs to create embryos.
- Women with genetic abnormalities
Eden Fertility contracts with reputable egg donation agencies to provide you with prescreened anonymous egg donors.
Fertility Options for Transgender Couples
The discontinuation of hormone therapy is recommended for both transgender men and transgender women. For transgender men and women, they must Start the fertility preservation process prior to undergoing any sex reassignment surgeries. In order to preserve fertility, schedule an evaluation with a fertility specialist as soon as possible.
Our skilled fertility specialists will assist you through the initial consultation, medical evaluation, and treatment plan. appointment evaluation and time frame for your circumstances. The course of treatment may vary as per your condition.
Trans men prior to undergoing a sexual reassignment surgery can often still go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Eden Fertility physicians will monitor you while you stop taking testosterone hormone therapy. Through unassisted sex or through IVF, many transgender men have been able to conceive and birth healthy babies.
Transgender men,can also preserve their fertility prior to undergoing the sex reassignment surgery. This can be achieved through working with a physician to perform IVF with donor sperm or sperm from their partner, embryo freezing, egg freezing, or IUI.
Prior to undergoing sex reassignment surgery, transgender women may stop taking gender-affirming medications. Trans women can freeze their sperm in order to preserve their fertility. With the help of a reproductive endocrinologist, a treatment plan can be developed using IVF or IUI.
Transgender women have the option to use a donor egg or the egg of their partner and a surrogate to achieve a biological child. For transgender women, the fertility options comprise of – sperm freezing or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Depending on the condition, IVF treatment may be recommended with the help of donor eggs or sperm, and/or the uterus of the partner or gestational carrier.
From nonprofit organizations to special grants for lgbtq applicants, there are many options available to help you finance treatment.
- Clinic Payment Plans
- Infertility Loan Programs
- Grants And Scholarships
- Employer Medical Accounts
- Home Equity Loans And Tax Deductions
Other Aspects To Consider
Even if you think you have everything covered, it’s a good idea to consult an attorney when using donor eggs, donor sperm, or a surrogate. Qualified professionals can help you navigate the emotional and legal issues that lgbtq couples face when starting a family.
Your attorney will help you draft a contract that defines parental roles and co-parenting arrangements if needed. Laws regarding parental rights vary from state to state, so it’s important to evaluate your state’s landscape fully before making decisions regarding surrogacy or donation
Eden Centers for Advanced Fertility offers individualized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ+ patients. All patients start with an initial consultation to review their medical history, treatment and financial options. Our board certified reproductive endocrinologists diagnose and develop an individualized treatment plan.
Our expert physicians specialize in advanced reproductive technologies and proudly serve the LGBTQ+ community offering: IVF, ICSI, egg freezing, sperm freezing, IUI with donor sperm, egg donation, surrogacy / gestational carrier services, and other LGBTQ fertility options in Orange County.
Eden has partnered with the most discreet and highly reputable agencies to provide you with careful screening and to uphold strict criteria for egg and sperm donation, surrogates and gestational carriers. This ensures the highest medical safety protocol and protects couples from potential legal complications.