LGBT Family Building | Atlanta
Deciding to take the first steps on the path to parenthood is exciting. Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine is proud to assist members of the LGBT community in building their families.. We are sensitive to the unique needs of our LGBT patients and develop treatment strategies that are specific to each person or couple. We work closely with sperm banks,gestational carrier agencies, and reproductive attorneys both locally and nationally.
Family Building Options for Lesbian Couples
Lesbians investing in medical assistance to become pregnant should first complete a fertility work-up to help establish the most appropriate treatment plan. With a lesbian couple, the testing done on each partner depends upon who will be carrying the pregnancy. The person who plans to become pregnant will typically have bloodwork done to assess ovarian reserve and a hysterosalpingogram to assess the uterus and the fallopian tubes. The next step towards treatment is selection of a sperm donor. Sperm donors may be anonymous and chosen from an accredited sperm bank, or the donor may be known to the couple. Treatment will then either involve intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a treatment where sperm from the selected donor is placed directly into a woman's uterus around the time of ovulation. This may be done in a natural (nonmedicated) cycle or may be perforrmed in a cycle using oral fertility medications.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of an egg by sperm outside of the body and in an IVF lab. Once fertilization has occurred and normal embryo development is confirmed, an embryo is transferred in to the uterus. A lesbian couple may choose to have one partner provide the egg and the other partner carry the pregnancy. This is referred to as "reciprocal IVF” and provides a way for both partners to feel actively involved in the treatment process.
Family Building Options for Gay Male Couples
Gay couples investing in medical assistance to become parents should first complete a semen analysis to assess the sperm. One or both partners may choose to donate sperm during this process. . The next step towards treatment is selection of an egg donor. Egg donors may be anonymous and chosen from our egg bank or may be known to the couple. Couples will also have to identify a gestational carrier (GC). ACRM will assist you with locating reputable gestational carrier agencies and will complete a full clinical evaluation of any potential carrier on your behalf. Treatment will always involve in vitro fertilization (IVF).
At any point along your journey to parenthood, you may decide that adoption is the best choice for you and your partner. ACRM works closely with many adoption consultants, agencies, and attorneys, and can be a resource in guiding you to the right people to help you build your family.
When a gestational carrier or a sperm or egg donor that is known to the couple is used, there are important legal issues that should be considered and addressed, including establishing legal parentage. ACRM can refer to you several law firms that specialize in Third Party Reproductive Law and that have attorneys with years of experience in this very special area of legal practice.