Not every couple that wants to start their family can do it without assistance of another party. In the case of infertility, a sperm donor or egg donor may be needed. Maybe a couple needs a surrogate to carry the baby when the female partner is unable to. Members of the LGBT need a third party to start a family as well.
The team at PomaFertility is a pioneering fertility medical practice with a history of working with same-sex couples to realize the dream of beginning or expanding their family. The doctors at Poma in the Seattle area are committed to working with gay, lesbian and transgender couples.
We are proud to offer a host of fertility treatments tailored specifically towards the LGBT community.
Lesbian and gay couples can undergo assisted reproductive techniques to start their families without being diagnosed with infertility. Both female partners in a lesbian couple may have good quality eggs, and both male partners in a gay family may have normal sperm, but they will need a third person to produce a pregnancy and a biological child. In order to have a child, lesbian couples will require a sperm donor and gay couples will need the assistance of an egg donor and a gestational carrier.
We are adamant that members of the gay community have every right and every opportunity to start a family. Easing that process by providing much needed information seemed a logical first step.
Once any needed donor materials are obtained, couples can proceed by using assisted reproductive procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) to get pregnant.
In a statement American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s ethics committee reflects the fertility treatment community’s strong commitment to LGBT family building. The statement makes clear that there is an “ethical duty to treat single persons and gay and lesbian couples equally with married couples,” going on to say that “we find no sound ethical basis for licensed professionals to deny reproductive services to unmarried or homosexual persons.”
Procreation is most natural of desires, regardless of sexual orientation. And we are committed to doing whatever needs to be done to help build families. If LGBT patients have a better understanding of the third party fertility process, they will be ahead of the curve on which steps they may want to start with.
Poma Fertility is committed to supporting LGBT couples through the entirety of the fertility and pregnancy process. With Poma, there are many ways to begin a family and it is important to find the option best for you and your partner.
- The woman/couple need a sperm donor.
- Donors can be anonymous from a sperm bank or “directed”, that is a known donor who usually is a friend or colleague.
- These patients need some basic fertility testing, if not at the start then after a few cycles
- We need to know that the uterus and tubes are normal
- We need to know the egg quality, particularly if the woman is older than 30 and for sure after age 35
- If the woman is healthy and she has normal menstrual cycles then doctors can use natural cycles and inseminate the patient using the donor sperm at the time of ovulation.
- If the cycles are irregular or natural cycles have failed then doctors can add a medication to cause or improve ovulation.
- We can always use IVF if the fertility potential is compromised for some medical reason, like poor egg quality, advanced reproductive age or blocked Fallopian tubes.
Lesbian couples also have the option of deciding who donates the eggs based on fertility potential. Many lesbian couples do not approach family building this way, but they do have the option.
- Egg donors are very easy to come by. The catalog of donors is usually large enough that we can match an appropriate donor in a short time.
- Egg donor fees vary from region to region but are about $5000 in major metropolitan cities.
- Gestational surrogacy is more complicated.
- Fewer women will volunteer for the process.
- The fees for surrogates is greater and probably averages $15,000 above medical costs (please understand that surrogate fees vary from region to region and based on what services are included in the contract).
- Legal issues vary from state to state. The legal rules are based on the state where the surrogate actually delivers the baby. Consequently, sometimes the “intended parent or parents” use a surrogate who lives in a “surrogacy friendly” state.
- Patients will need an experienced attorney for the contract.
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