Texas Fertility Center Specializes in Family Building Options for Alternative Couples
Loving families come in many forms. Several opportunities exist at Texas Fertility Center (TFC) to help patients to grow the families of their dreams. Learning as much as possible about the different options is the first step toward starting a family. Talk to your TFC doctor to see what options may be appropriate for you. We are dedicated to helping you experience the joy of parenthood.
Lesbian Family Options
Lesbian couples may consider the use of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) for family growth. Some lesbian couples choose “reciprocal IVF”, where one partner provides the eggs. The eggs are then fertilized with donor sperm. The resulting embryos are transferred into the other partner’s uterus. Each of these procedures are available to couples in our Austin fertility clinic.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with Donor Sperm
Lesbian couples can achieve pregnancy using quarantined, frozen sperm from either an anonymous or known sperm donor. Patients are monitored to determine when ovulation will occur. At the time of ovulation, a TFC physician places the washed sperm directly into the uterus.
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Donor Sperm
During IVF, either a female partner or an oocyte donor takes fertility medications designed to produce multiple eggs. Both ultrasound and blood work are used to monitor the ovaries. Once the eggs are ready, they are removed during a minor outpatient procedure. The eggs are then fertilized using donor sperm. Fertilized eggs (“embryos”) are then grown in the laboratory for multiple days. On either the 3rd or 5th day of growth, the healthiest embryo (or embryos) or placed into the uterus of the partner or gestational carrier who will carry the pregnancy.
IVF with Donor Eggs
The use of eggs from a younger donor gives women with ovulation problems, early menopause, or advanced maternal age the chance to have a child.
IVF with Donor Embryos
Some patients may consider using previously created/frozen embryos in order to grow their family.
Gestational Carriers or Gestational Surrogacy
Gestational carriers can step in to help couples by carrying a pregnancy to term. Texas law prohibits the use of traditional surrogacy, whereby a woman donates both her eggs and serves as a gestational carrier. As well, Texas law only supports gestational carriage for married couples.
Gay Family Options
For a variety of different reasons, this process is more complicated for gay couples, who require a gestational carrier (i.e. a woman who gives birth to a baby for another individual or couple) as well as an egg donor. In Texas, two different women would be required to provide these services, as Texas law prohibits the use of traditional surrogacy, whereby the same woman donates her eggs and serves as a gestational carrier. In addition, Texas law only supports the use of a gestational carrier for married couples. As Texas does not currently recognize gay marriage, this makes the entire process more problematic for gay couples.
Your options greatly expand beyond adoption when you work with a leader in assisted reproductive technologies. Think of Texas Fertility Center as a cornerstone on your path to same-sex family building. Our world-class fertility specialists can assist you in your family building journey.