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.
IVF treatment articles focus on what women must do (and not do) to up their chances of successful IVF. The fact is that IVF requires an investment of time, money and energy and both partners play an important role in preparation and success. We’ve written this for couples starting their IVF journey so they can better prepare for conception and pregnancy.
We’re proud to support transgender individuals and couples with fertility services to help start your family. You have numerous options, enabling you to choose what’s best for yourself and your family. Our team of fertility specialists will help by providing information and answers to your questions.
Some of the most common questions we get are: What are my options? Does hormone therapy decrease fertility? Do I have to stop taking your hormones? For how long?
It’s called a “fever” because it can come on suddenly and powerfully. Men and women both experience it, though women talk about it more openly. You don’t need a doctor to diagnose it.
You know from the swooning in your stomach, an almost visceral ache that you’ve got a bad case of baby fever. All you can think about in that moment is having a baby in your arms.
It can be painful, and though there’s no easy remedy for it, we have some tips to help you cope so you can still enjoy your summer.
It’s estimated that more than 8 million babies have been born via IVF since 1978. Statistics for surrogacy are harder to nail down, but between 1978 and 2008, approximately 28,000 babies were born to surrogate carriers. That’s roughly 1,000 babies per year, or fewer than a hundred babies per month (though that number seems to be increasing in recent years). If it seems like surrogacy information is hard to come by, it’s probably because it’s still relatively uncommon.
Here we’ve put together a helpful guide for finding a surrogate.
IVF surrogacy, also known as gestational surrogacy, is an important topic that we think deserves a lot more openness and discussion. We’ve been privileged to witness firsthand how lives can be changed and hearts can be filled by the courage of intended parents and the generosity of a gestational surrogate/gestational carrier. Through this incredible process, patients who have often suffered years of disappointment and heartbreak can finally have the change to bring home the baby they have always wanted. We’ve also been able to help members of the LGBTQ community start a family through this process. There are many reasons why you might decide that surrogacy is right for you and your family, and all of them are equally valid.
Fertility medicine is a dynamic, living field of science. While clinical studies and testing can be a slow process, research is ongoing and new developments are being announced all the time. Many of these new discoveries may seem tiny, but all of these individual contributions from researchers add up to a formidable body of knowledge which is used to develop new treatments, technologies, and approaches to infertility. Any new piece of information can be the puzzle piece which leads to an important breakthrough.