LGBTQ Community Family Building
At Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey (RSCNJ), we go beyond helping infertile couples. We also proudly offer LGBTQ family building services. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals and couples who dream of having a family can often do so with our assisted reproductive technologies.
We offer our LGBTQ patients the same fertility treatment options that we offer to all patients, including:
- Female fertility testing
- Male fertility testing
- Sperm donation
- Egg donation
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Gestational carriers.
Because of the same sex nature of many LGBTQ couples, they often require a combination of such treatments.
Lesbian family building
Female couples hoping to grow their family do not generally seek fertility treatment due to an infertility diagnosis. In most cases, lesbian couples use the services of a reproductive clinic to work around the anatomical issues of reproducing between two women.
However, we still recommend fertility testing before moving forwarded with assisted reproductive treatments and procedures. The evaluations performed during fertility tests will ensure that a woman is not facing female infertility. These tests also indicate whether or not a woman’s body is viable to carry a pregnancy. This is especially important if one (or both) partners choose to carry their own pregnancy without the help of a surrogate.
Female couples have a number of options when it comes to conceiving. After an initial fertility evaluation, couples can work with a reproductive specialist to determine the next course of treatment for the partner who will become pregnant.
Since an egg’s fertilization by sperm is necessary in order to create a pregnancy, lesbian couples must use donated sperm. Sperm can be donated by a friend, family member or by an anonymous donor through a sperm bank.
From there, the couple will determine whether one of the partners would like to carry a pregnancy, or if the couple prefers to use a gestational carrier. A gestational carrier may be needed in cases where neither partner can or wants to carry the pregnancy.
Next, the couple and doctor will decide which artificial insemination process is best for their situation. They will either choose intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both of these processes use sperm to fertilize one or both of the partners’ eggs (or the eggs of an egg donor) in order to create an embryo.
Gay family building
Similar to lesbian couples, gay couples generally do not seek fertility treatment due to an infertility diagnosis. Most of the time, gay couples are interested in the services of a reproductive clinic due to the anatomical issues of reproducing between two men.
Much like that of lesbian family planning, we still recommend male fertility testing before moving forwarded with assisted reproductive treatments and procedures. The evaluations performed during fertility tests will ensure that a man’s reproductive organs are functioning properly (creating sperm) and that there is no indication of male infertility. These tests also evaluate a man’s sperm to ensure that it is viable to fertilize a woman’s egg for pregnancy.
Male couples have a number of options when it comes to conceiving, and they will work with a doctor to determine the best next steps. Since an egg is a necessary part of pregnancy, gay couples will use donated eggs, either by someone they know or eggs obtained through an agency.
From there, the couple will determine which of the partners would like to contribute their sperm to the pregnancy or if the couple needs to use a sperm donor. Next, the couple and doctor will decide which artificial insemination process is best for their situation. They will either choose intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Both of these processes use one (or both) of the partners’ sperm to fertilize the egg(s) of an egg donor to create an embryo. The embryo will then be implanted into the uterus of a gestational carrier to carry out pregnancy.
Bisexual and transgender family building
Bisexual couples and individuals can face infertility issues that affect all people desiring to have a family, including male infertility or female infertility. We can identify and treat potential infertility conditions through testing. Bisexual couples may also have desires about which sexuality they pursue in parenthood, and thus in reproduction. Based on that decision, we can help to create a reproductive plan.
Depending on the sexual makeup of transgender couples and individuals, family building steps will involve some aspect(s) of the situations outlined above for gay and lesbians. These will usually include egg and/or sperm donors, a gestational carrier, IVF and IUI.
In most cases of third-party reproductive assistance as described here, we recommend counseling for the LGBTQ individual or couple. These family building steps are often complicated, resulting in psychological impact.
Why choose RSCNJ?
We recognize that no two families are the same, regardless of sexual orientation. We are proud to use our cutting-edge treatment and technology options to help all couples with their dream of parenthood.