Family Building for Gay Couples
The Houston Fertility Center in Houston, TX, provides family building for gay couples, including the arrangement of surrogacy. Our clinic collaborates with Prime Genetics and other leading organizations that follow the strictest Food and Drug Administration guidelines in selecting surrogates. Once surrogacy is arranged, we can also provide egg donation, in vitro fertilization, and other services. Dr. Sonja Kristiansen has been helping members of the LGBT community toward their goals of parenthood for over 20 years by combining the best in fertility therapies with a welcoming, compassionate approach to care.
Determining Your Treatment Plan
A fertility treatment for a gay couple involves fertilizing donated eggs and implanting the embryos into a surrogate’s uterus. Gay men have many important decisions to make in this process:
- Who donates the eggs: a friend, family member, or an agency donor?
- Who will serve as the gestational surrogate?
- Will the process involve sperm samples from one or both partners?
- Should the embryos undergo preimplantation genetic screening?
Selecting the Surrogate
A surrogate is responsible for carrying your child through nine months of pregnancy to a healthy delivery. It is imperative that this person is in outstanding overall health, and has a low risk for complications in pregnancy and birth. This woman should also be psychologically capable of undergoing the challenging process of carrying and giving birth to a child, and then relinquishing the baby to the intended parents.
Thanks to advancements in fertility treatment technologies and processes, gay couples today have more options than ever in how they wish to grow their families.
Gay couples may want to choose someone they know and trust. Then again, a couple may decide that having a family member or friend carry the baby could create unnecessary hardships. In either case, Houston Fertility Center has the resources and experience to recommend a solution with which you feel comfortable. Traditional surrogacy, in which the surrogate uses her own eggs, is not legal in Texas.
Choosing the Egg Donor
Some couples choose to have a female family member donate the egg, and the other partner's sperm is used for fertilization. Using this approach, both partners can have an established genetic relationship with their child. Other couples may not have a female relative who is able or willing to do donate an egg, while other couples want to avoid potential family complications associated with a known donor's egg. In these instances, couples may instead select a donor through an agency.
The Role of IVF
Your egg donor’s eggs will be removed after an ovulation stimulation cycle. These eggs will then be combined with the sperm from either one or both partners. During an IVF procedure, the egg is fertilized and incubated in a lab, and the most viable embryos are selected for implantation in the surrogate’s uterus.
Schedule Your Consultation
Houston Fertility Center wants to help create your fertility treatment plan, and to be your trusted partner throughout your experience. Reach out to our practice online for more information on our LGBT family building services.