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LGBTQ Family Planning

For LGBTQ patients hoping to start a family, navigating their options and finding a trusted doctor can be difficult.

LGBTQ families require a unique approach and a team that is sensitive to those needs.

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen in Houston, TX, offers a range of family-building options to help LGBTQ couples fulfill their dream of having a baby.

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 Benefits of Building Your Family WITH HOUSTON FERTILITY CENTER

Connect with the Right
Donors & Surrogates

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When you work with our fertility center, you have access to a network of sperm donors, egg donors, gestational carriers, and more. With this comes the ability to prioritize attributes that you want your child to have, and to choose a surrogate, the gestational carrier, you feel comfortable with to help you on this journey.

Choose the Best Treatment
Option for Your Needs

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Our fertility center has a variety of options to choose from, increasing your chances of finding a treatment that works for you and your partner. We also have options for individuals who want a child but don't have a partner. Our friendly staff members can help you explore your options.

We Use State-of-the-Art
Technology & Techniques

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Just as children deserve to be in loving homes, hopeful parents deserve the opportunity to grow their families, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We are proud to use the latest techniques and technology so that hopeful parents can bring their dreams to life.

We Support the LGBTQ Community

It's our mission to help everyone achieve their family-building goals, and we support hopeful LGBTQ parents by guiding them through every step of the fertility process. At Houston Fertility Center, you will always have a wealth of knowledge at your disposal and a supportive team within reach.

Visit Our State-of-the-art Facility

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:

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Dr. Sonja Kristiansen and her compassionate team help hopeful parents bring new life to their families.

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

INVOcell An Innovative Fertility Treatment

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 $5,000 per cycle and use their own bodies for incubation, making it a more natural approach.
Because incubation occurs inside the body and not in a laboratory, patients can enjoy significant savings using this breakthrough fertility treatment.
Because incubation occurs inside the body and not in a laboratory, patients can enjoy significant savings using this breakthrough fertility treatment.

Collection and Placement

Mature, healthy eggs are collected and placed into a patented INVOcell device with the sperm cells for fertilization.

Insertion and Incubation

The device is inserted into the vaginal canal to promote embryo growth, serving as the incubation period. Since incubation is happening inside the body, temperature and pH are better regulated than when done in a lab.

Inspection and Implantation

After incubation, the embryos are removed and inspected. One to two viable embryos will be taken and implanted into the woman's uterus. The remaining embryos can be frozen for future use.
Schedule an appointment to take advantage of our current cycle rate before time runs out.

Find the Right Family-Building Treatment for You


In vitro fertilization (IVF) involves retrieving donor eggs, combining them with sperm, and placing healthy embryos into the uterus. Gay couples 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.

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Reciprocal IVF

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.

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Gestational Surrogacy

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.

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Sperm Donors

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.

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Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a family-building method that 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.

For Compassionate, Experienced Care Contact Our Houston, TX, Practice Today

Dr. Kristiansen is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility (REI) specialist who has been practicing for almost three decades. Throughout her career, she has helped the LGBTQ community of Houston help start families of their own.

Dr. Kristiansen and her entire staff strive to provide the best quality care in a relaxing and comforting environment. Our staff speaks five different languages, which makes us best equipped to serve as many Houston-area patients as we can.

We understand starting a family can be a stressful endeavor, and we want to make the process as easy as possible. Contact our Houston, TX, based practice today to see how we can help you and your partner start your family.

(713) 225-5375

Dr. Sonja B. Kristiansen

Read What Our Patients Are Saying About Us...


Jessica W


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I had a wonderful experience with Dr. K and her team. They were responsive to my MANY questions and very compassionate throughout the entire process. We are expecting twins any day now and are so grateful to her, Mayra, Blanca, Lana, Melissa, and their stellar embryology team!

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Dr. K and the entire staff always made my day! From the beginning of the treatments they have been there through all of my questions and concerns & then more. Every email I sent was answered thoroughly from the ivf coordinator the same day if not in hours!

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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, which is why we offer several options to help you and your partner start the family-building process.


Our staff takes ample time to explain to each of our patients what their insurance will cover for their treatment and work to maximize those benefits.


We offer several financing options for those with limited or no insurance. We work with United Medical Credit, Future Family, ReUnite Assist, and EMD Serono Fertility to help you and your partner manage payments.


We also offer discounted fee-for-services prices at our Houston, TX, clinic and even run treatment specials. Contact our practice to learn about our current specials and if they can be applied to your family planning.

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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.

5-Star Reviews From Our Happy Parents


Reyna Alcala


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Personally i had a good experience with my invocell process started meds for 2 weeks in September by october 8 had the transfer and couple days later the positive pregnancy test! My baby boy is now 1 month old and im in love ❤ Thank you so much Dr. K and staff you were all amazing!!

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Emma Karko


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I don't think there could be a more compassionate and caring clinic than Dr Kristiansen's! Because of her and her fabulous team, I have 3 beautiful children. Her nurse, Mayra Lopez, has been with me through every step of this journey and has simply been an amazing and constant source of support.

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Dr. Sonja Kristiansen

Houston Fertility Center

Dr. Sonja Kristiansen is the founder and Medical Director of Houston Fertility Center. She is a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist Infertility (REI) specialist who is proud to help hopeful parents fulfill their dreams of having children. Our center is affiliated with the:

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association

We provide convenient care for patients from greater Houston and visitors from out of town. For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (713) 225-5375 today.

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