There are many fertility services available for the LGBTQ community. RMA of Michigan is proud to offer fertility options to lesbian, gay and transgender individuals / couples wanting to create families. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create a family regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The LGBTQ community has it’s own unique set of challenges to building a family. We work with patients to come up with a plan that works for each individual situation. There are a number of different treatment options available to same-sex and transgender couples. Available fertility treatments include donor sperm insemination (IUI), donor sperm IVF, egg donation and gestational carrier services. In addition, egg or sperm cryopreservation is available for individuals looking to undergo gender affirmation treatment.
Fertility treatment options for lesbian couples typically include either intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). They will also need sperm from a known or anonymous donor. If they are in need of donor sperm we can assist them with contacts for sperm banks. Before starting the family building process lesbian couples should consider the following questions:
Usually IUI is the first course of fertility treatment for couple with no indicated fertility issues. If the couple is unsuccessful at achieving a pregnancy after a number of IUI attempts they will need to sit down with their physician to review whether or not there could be an underlying fertility issues preventing them from getting pregnant. Next steps will be determined at that time.
Gay couples wanting to have a baby will need to utilize donor egg and a gestational carrier or a known surrogate. If a couple needs a gestational carrier they will need to use an outside agency. Before starting the family building process gay couples should consider the following questions: