Houston Fertility Treatments for the LGBTQ Community
Although heterosexual couples typically undergo fertility treatments and therapies in order to conceive and deliver a healthy baby, we at HART Fertility in North Houston believe members of the LGBTQ community should also have the same opportunity to raise children of their own. There is a special love and joy that children bring and LGBTQ couples are just as deserving of that love. Here are some services we offer that are great options for LGBTQ couples who wish to be parents.
IUI - Intrauterine Insemination
Lesbian couples may choose IUI so that one partner can use her eggs and carry the baby to term following the injection of donor sperm. If this is the method they choose, then we recommend they find a sperm donor through an FDA-approved sperm bank, as this will ensure the donor is safe and perfectly legal. Taking this extra precaution will also protect your future family and keep all parties happy.
IVF - In-Vitro Fertilization
IVF treatment is one of our more popular treatments. This is because, for same-sex female couples, one partner is able to use her eggs to develop embryos in our lab. Once the embryo reaches the blastocyst (day 5 embryo) stage and we complete Preimplantation Genetic Testing, we are able to transfer the embryos into the other partner’s uterus so she can carry the baby to term. Again, if this is their decision we highly recommend they pick their sperm donor from an FDA accredited sperm bank.
Donor Eggs With a Gestational Carrier
For same-sex male couples, we also utilize IVF, but with donor eggs. Once the eggs are fertilized with one of the partner’s sperm and grow until the blastocyst stage, we will complete genetic testing on them to determine which embryo has the highest chance of developing into a healthy baby. Once that has been determined, we will transfer it into the gestational carrier’s uterus so she can carry it to term.
Trans men and women also have options to build a family and raise children of their own. Our fertility specialists will recommend fertility preservation methods if they hope to have kids in the future. We can help them achieve this through egg freezing or sperm freezing prior to undergoing surgical transition.
HART Fertility in The Woodlands and Kingwood Can Help LGBTQ Members Have the Family They Always Dreamed of
Fertility treatments and having kids are not restricted to cisgender, heterosexual couples, and adoption doesn’t have to be the only option for the LGBTQ community. If you would like to have a family of your own, please contact our fertility specialists so we can complete testing and help you determine what is best for you and your partner. We look forward to joining you on your fertility journey.