LGBTQ Family Planning
For LGBTQ patients hoping to start a family, navigating their options and finding a trusted doctor can be difficult.
Dr. Sonja Kristiansen offers a range of family building options to help LGBTQ couples fulfill their dream of having a baby.
Find out how we've been helping patients in Houston, TX, for the last 20+ years...
Committed to Turning Dreams into a Reality
Here at Houston Fertility Center, we're proud to have been at the forefront of providing LGBTQ family building services since we opened our doors in 1996. As a patient, you can expect compassionate and attentive care to help you achieve your goal of growing your family. No matter your sexual orientation, we're here to make your dream of starting a family a reality by finding a treatment that best fits your needs.
The Gift of Pregnancy Is Life-Changing We Are Here to Support You
"This team makes you feel first and important. This whole experience has its whirlwind of emotions and you can count on this team to keep you in the positive." Jessica Ortiz, Patient
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We use the latest advanced technology and techniques to give our patients the best chance at success. Our private clinic is designed with your comfort and trust in mind. We've maintained excellent success rates throughout the years by being consistent in our care and staying up to date with the latest technological advances. To schedule a consultation or learn more about our LGBTQ services, call our clinic serving Houston, TX, at:
Find the Right Family Building Treatment for You
In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves retrieving donor eggs, combining it with sperm, and placing healthy embryos into the uterus. Gay couples can select a surrogate of their choice to carry their baby to term. They can choose a friend, family member, or use a surrogate from an agency. We monitor each stage of the IVF process and handle all laboratory stages onsite. By having infertility treatment onsite, we're able to reduce the overall cost of in vitro fertilization.
Our clinic is proud to be the first clinic in Houston, TX, to offer INVOcell™, an innovative and more affordable alternative to IVF. Patients can save around $5000 per cycle and use their own bodies for incubation, making it a more natural approach. During INVOcell™, a medical device is inserted into the vaginal canal to promote embryo growth, serving as the incubation period. Because incubation occurs inside the body and not in a laboratory, patients can enjoy significant savings using this breakthrough fertility treatment. Effective January 2021, the base INVOcell price is increasing to $5600. Schedule an appointment to take advantage of our current cycle rate before time runs out.
We work with Prime Genetics and other third-party agencies that conduct stringent screening to help hopeful parents find the right gestational carriers. You may also select your own surrogate such as a family member or friend. Gestational surrogacy can benefit both lesbian couples and gay couples. Eggs or sperm are provided and fertilized with donor eggs or donor sperm to create an embryo that is carried to term. As a result, the gestational carrier has no genetic link to the baby.
Reciprocal IVF is a popular family building method among lesbian couples because it allows both women to have a genetic link to the baby. One woman acts as the egg donor, providing eggs that are fertilized with donor sperm. The other woman receives the embryo and carries the baby to term. The cycles of the egg donor and carrier are synchronized, and they go through the journey of IVF together, making it a unique and meaningful experience for both parties.
LGBTQ couples struggling with sperm issues may use a sperm specimen from someone they know, or choose a trusted donor through an agency. We work with Fairfax Cryobank, California Cryobank, and other leading sperm banks that follow strict Food and Administration regulations in order to protect the safety of recipients. Patients can select a sperm donor based on characteristics that they desire, such as physical attributes, medical health, or overall lifestyle.
Also known as intrauterine insemination (IUI), this family building method involves placing donor sperm inside a woman's uterus to promote egg fertilization. During IUI, we track the menstrual cycle of the woman receiving the sperm to ensure it is inserted at the most optimal timing, increasing the chance of success. If you're unsure which fertility treatment is best for you, we can walk you and your partner through each option more in-depth at your consultation.
What Is the Cost of Fertility Treatment?
Our team at Houston Fertility Center understands that the gift of pregnancy is life-changing. We don't want the cost to get in the way of your dream family, and take ample time to explain to each of our patients what insurance will cover in their treatment process. For those with limited or no insurance, we offer discounted fee-for-services prices at our fertility clinic serving Houston.
Your Special Journey Requires Extra Care
We want all of our LGBTQ patients to have the best possible experience both before and during parenthood. Support groups attended by other gay and lesbian couples can be incredibly helpful. For patients who are interested, we recommend exploring the Houston Gay and Lesbian Parents (HGLP) group as they begin the journey towards parenthood.
"The Whole Team Is Extremely Patient and Caring"
Dr. Kristiansen and her staff are amazing! If I could give more stars, I would. For my first appointment, I went by myself and Dr. Kristiansen was so warmly, and non judgmental on every question I’ve asked her. Every visit since then, my fiancé have gone with me and everytime, the staff would hold conversations with us and answer any and every question we’ve had. All of her staff is lovely and amazing, but there’s two women I have to give credit to. Mayra and the phlebotomist. I don’t remember her name and I’m so sorry lol but those two ladies are heaven sent and I’m glad Dr. Kristiansen hired them. Her treatment plans work fast and she’s very affordable. I’m glad I’ve found her. Thank you❤️View On Google
I wanted to share my experience with Dr. Kristiansen and staff. This team makes you feel first and important. This whole experience has its whirlwind of emotions and you can count on this team to keep you in the positive. I am one who has ALOT of questions and "what ifs" and wanted to thank Melissa so much for lending me her ear and being there when i was at my wits end. The whole team is extremely patient and caring. They make you feel like you are apart of the Dr. Kristiansen family. I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone to this clinic.View On Google