The end of 2019 brings about the end of another year, and the start of a brand new decade. 2020 used to feel so far away, and now it’s here. You’ve been wanting to start your family and now you’re ready to take the next step, to start of the decade with a baby of your own.
Infertility is a clinical diagnosis that does not encompass the range of complicated emotions it brings with it. It isn’t talked about much and there’s little research on its impact on couples.
For the first time in history, gay men are able to have biological children and be listed exclusively on the birth certificate as the fathers. It’s not the only way to do it, but it reflects the time we’re in. If you are a gay couple looking to become parents, you can.
Struggling with getting pregnant? You’re not alone. Infertility is a common problem among couples, and though we talk about it as a women's issue, men deal with it, too. When infertility due to problems in men, it’s known as “male factor infertility.”
The legal status of marijuana is complex and varies by state. Federally, it’s still illegal but in 2015 the FDA approved research on CBD. Currently, CBD is regulated as a supplement which makes it relatively easy to obtain (easier than Marijuana) but makes it medically more ambiguous as supplements don’t have strict regulations about concentration, dosage, etc. As CBD becomes more widely acceptable and researched, more and more are looking to it as a viable fertility supplement.
So much is still unknown at this point. More research needs to be done. But here’s what we’ve learned so far about how CBD impacts fertility.
LGBTQ+ families have extra hurdles to face in their fertility journey. Beyond the usual stress, cost and planning, LGBTQ+ couples looking to be parents have to also consider their state laws, special insurance coverage clauses, donors and surrogates. It can feel hard to know where to begin. We’ve put together these FAQ and packed it full of resources to help you on your journey.
Surrogacy, also known as a gestational carrier arrangement, is a great option for many parents in search of a good assistive reproductive option. It allows genetic parenthood, but also allows for egg and/or sperm donation, making it easy for parents from virtually any circumstance to benefit from it. However, surrogacy laws in the US are not regulated at the federal level. Each state has its own laws and they vary widely.
Looking into whether IVF is the right choice for your family? Then no doubt you’ve been flooded with information on the process. Success stories, horror stories, scientific articles, opinion pieces--and much of it conflicting with one another. It can be confusing and frustrating to sort through all the information.
For all the energy and cost it takes to do, a failed IVF can feel devastating. And when you’ve got to try several times and still it doesn’t seem to work, is there a reason to keep trying?
The short answer is: yes.
LGBTQ+ families are on the rise in a big way. A recent survey found that more than half of LGBTQ Millennials plan to grow their families, either by becoming first time parents or having more kids. That’s 63% of LBTQ couples between the ages of 18 and 35.