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Supporting LGBTQ+ Families

June 03, 2022

IVF FLORIDA is proud to support the LBGTQ+ community during Pride Month and throughout the year.

Families come in many forms, and at IVF FLORIDA, we believe all people have the right to become parents. For more than 30 years, our fertility clinic has met the reproductive needs of gay, lesbian, and transgender couples with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), egg donation, sperm donation, and gestational surrogacy. 

Read on to learn more about LGBTQ family planning options and resources. 

Supporting the LGBTQ community

IVF FLORIDA is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and will be attending the Stonewall Pride Parade and Street Festival in Wilton Manors on June 18, 2022. This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the Pride movement.

Please stop by our table to say hello and receive more information on how IVF FLORIDA can help you plan your family.

We are proud to celebrate families of all kinds during Pride Month

According to Family Equality Council, there are more than 15.9 million LGBTQ Americans, and 63% of all LGBTQ individuals in the 18-35-year-old range are considering expanding their families in the coming years, either by becoming parents for the first time or by adding more children to their family.

Thanks to advances in reproductive technology, parenthood is possible more than ever before for LGBTQ+ individuals and couples. With the help of donors, gestational surrogates, and reproductive technology, members of the LGBTQ+ community can build the family of their dreams. But what are the options available? In honor of Pride Month, which is celebrated in June, the fertility experts of IVF FLORIDA are here to go over the various family building options available to gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals and couples. 

Treatment options for female couples and individuals

One of the easiest and most common ways to achieve a pregnancy for female couples is through Intrauterine Insemination using donor sperm. This is a simple procedure in which sperm is injected into the uterine cavity during ovulation. For women who have no fertility issues, this is often the most common course of treatment. The couple simply has to decide which partner will carry the pregnancy and select a sperm donor to achieve pregnancy.

Another option for female couples is In Vitro Fertilization. This is the option often used when both partners have difficulty conceiving using Intrauterine Insemination, or when both partners want to have a role in conceiving and carrying a child using reciprocal IVF. In this process, it is important to decide which partner will provide the eggs, and if different, which partner will carry the pregnancy to term. The partner providing the eggs will take fertility medications to encourage the production of multiple eggs, which will then be retrieved using a simple outpatient procedure. The eggs will then be fertilized with donor sperm in the lab to create embryos. The best embryo(s) will then be transferred to the partner who will be carrying the pregnancy.

Many female couples who choose to use reciprocal IVF enjoy the fact that both partners have a role in creating their child, with one providing the genetic material and the other being able to carry them to term. To learn more about which options would be best for you, contact us at 954-247-6200.

Family Building for Male Couples and Individuals

Male couples and individuals can build their families through donor egg and a gestational carrier. Partners select an egg donor and decide who will be the biological father. Then the partner will provide a sperm sample, which will be used to fertilize the donor eggs, and create embryos. Once the embryos are created, the couple can concentrate on finding a gestational surrogate who can carry the pregnancy to term. When the surrogate is selected, the best embryo(s) can be transferred into her uterus and carried to term.

Some couples prefer not to know the biological father. In these cases, it is possible to combine the sperm of both partners and use that to fertilize the eggs.

There are many ways to build a family, and for couples who would like children who are biologically related to them, advanced reproductive technologies like IUIs and IVF can help build the family of their dreams. 

Treatment options for trans couples and individuals

Our fertility clinic offers fertility preservation and customized solutions for transgender individuals and couples, pre-and-post transition. Because each patient's journey is unique, our team of fertility specialists will work with you to customize a treatment plan so you can achieve your dream of parenthood. 

If you would like to learn more about the family building options available for LGBTQ+ couples and individuals, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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