LGBT Family Planning
With proven options and genuine optimism, our team at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health (AZARH), stands ready to help you on your path to parenthood. One of the first major decisions is to determine what route to take. For women, there will be donor options to explore; for men, using a gestational carrier with egg donation is a proven solution. For all intended parents, there are a multitude of options based on your biological composition and fertility potential.
Same-Sex Family Planning
The first step is to have a baseline fertility checkup to determine the likelihood of being able to conceive. A decision must be made as to who will donate the sperm — a male friend or a sperm bank. Your doctor will discuss with you whether Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the best option based on your goals and reproductive health. You may also prefer or require egg donation, embryo donation, or a gestational carrier to become parents.
Fertility Treatment Options for Same-Sex Family Planning
Using a Gestational Carrier
This is a frequent choice for gay men or for women who are unable to carry a child as it allows you to be the biological parent. The first step is to find a Gestational Carrier, whether they be a female friend or relative whom you already know or a gestational carrier found through an agency.
Our team will guide you through the screening process and through IVF treatment using an egg donor and donor sperm (if applicable.) Once pregnant, the gestational carrier will carry the pregnancy to term and give birth. You should be aware that regardless of whether a gestational carrier is known or recruited by an agency, there are many tests and legal steps required to keep all parties safe and to avoid future problems.
There are many paths to family. The adoption of an infant or older child can be the perfect choice for many people. A large number of domestic and international adoption agencies have been working successfully for many years with gay and lesbian singles and couples.