With the rise in infertility around the world, it’s helpful to know the changes you can make to your daily life that may help you to get pregnant. A variety of factors such as weight, diet, supplements, and exercise can impact your fertility. So what can you do to improve your outcomes?
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.
HART Fertility Clinic Fertility
One of the most common questions patients ask following IVF treatment is “What are my chances of getting pregnant? Do I need to store more embryos?” Though there are a multitude of variables which affect the answers to these questions (age, prior history of pregnancy loss, cause of infertility, desired number of children, and more), our patients deserve an evidence-based response which may shed light on their potential to conceive. Thankfully, with decades of data collected through a variety of institutions, we are able to better answer this question.
The role of sperm is half the battle. Oftentimes, the presence of male infertility is overlooked in a world where female age and its known detriment on egg quality plays such a large part. It’s estimated that 30-50% of couples struggling with infertility are cases of male factor infertility.
We’ve offered insight on egg freezing as a treatment for infertility at our clinic in The Woodlands and Kingwood, but embryo freezing is another option we offer.
Embryo Freezing vs. Egg Freezing
The main difference between freezing eggs and freezing embryos is that embryos require fertilization with sperm. When patients decide to attempt egg freezing, the eggs are extracted and then frozen so that they can be used at a later date. When it comes to embryo freezing, on the other hand, eggs are extracted, then fertilized in our Houston IVF lab, and then frozen for use in the future.
When patients freeze their embryos, we are able to complete Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), which helps the team at our Houston fertility clinic determine which embryos have the best chance at resulting in a successful pregnancy. This is just another service we offer to help our patients achieve their dreams of experiencing the special, unique joy that children provide.
How Does Frozen Embryo Transfer Work?
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) takes place when the patient is ready to try getting pregnant. At this time, we will prepare the uterus to accept the embryo with the use of hormonal manipulation. Once the uterus is ready, we will thaw the embryo and inject it into the uterus with the help of an abdominal ultrasound. The patient won’t feel any pain when this occurs.
Who Can Freeze Their Embryos?
Virtually all women who want to be mothers in the future can benefit from embryo freezing, but Doctor Toral Parikh, one of our Houston IVF specialists, notes that other groups can also benefit from this treatment, such as:
- People suffering from genetic disorders that affect reproduction
- People who are about to undergo chemo
- People who take medications that may affect fertility Same-sex couples
- People in the LGBTQ+ community who may want children in the future
HART Fertility Specialists in The Woodlands and Kingwood Wish to Help You Have Children
If you think embryo freezing may be a great way to help you preserve your fertility, then please book an appointment with our caring specialists in North Houston. Our team will gladly answer all your questions and support you throughout the entire process.