Fertility Options for Same Sex Couples

Posted: 6/2/2017 by Coastal Fertility Specialists
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As we continue to improve artificial reproductive technologies, we also improve and expand on the pathways available to create families. This is especially true for same sex couples where traditional methods of conception are not possible. At Coastal Fertility Specialists we are able to offer our LGBT couples a wide range of options to create the family of their dreams.

In women with no apparent fertility issues, one option is performing an intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm during the woman’s own natural menstrual cycle. This is a very natural and inexpensive approach, usually costing around $600 and giving pregnancy rates relatively equivalent to natural intercourse.  If a fertility issue does exist, we have the option of using fertility medication in conjunction with an IUI.  This is also a relatively inexpensive treatment with a high likelihood of achieving a pregnancy. These types of treatments allow for a genetic link to the baby for the carrying mother. While an appropriate option for some couples, other couples may desire options where both partners can be medically involved in the pregnancy. Our advanced reproductive technologies now allow for the use of one partner’s eggs to create the pregnancy and the other partner to carry the pregnancy in her uterus. If required, egg donation or using a gestational carrier is also an option.

In men with no apparent fertility issues, egg donation combined with the use of a gestational carrier is the primary option.  For a shared experience, both partners can provide sperm, allowing for a shared opportunity at genetic linkage to the baby.

As reproductive medical technology progresses, it is important to have a knowledgeable team behind you when navigating these new and exciting opportunities.  At Coastal Fertility Specialists, we have an experienced reproductive team, including physicians, nurse coordinators, counselors, and reproductive lawyers that work together to help you achieve the family of your dreams.  To find out more or to schedule a consultation, please call 843-883-5800.