LGBT Family Building

Texas Fertility Center Specializes in Family Building Options for Lesbian Couples

LGBT families Loving families come in many forms and TFC is thrilled to be the clinic of choice for families of all kinds.  We welcome the opportunity to help lesbian couples or individuals conceive and take pride in their successes. Several opportunities exist at Texas Fertility Center to help single patients as well as lesbian and gay couples to grow the families of their dreams.

Single women and lesbian couples may consider the use of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) for family growth.

For gay couples, a gestational carrier (i.e. a woman who gives birth to a baby for another individual or couple) and an egg donor are necessary. (Texas law prohibits the use of traditional surrogacy, whereby a woman donates her eggs and serves as a gestational carrier. As well, Texas law only supports gestational carriage for married couples.)

Learning as much as possible about the different options is the first step toward starting a family. Talk to your doctor to see what options may be  right for you. We are dedicated to helping you experience the joy of parenthood.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with Donor Sperm 

Lesbian couples or single females with viable eggs can get pregnant with donor sperm from a sperm bank or known donor. We use a catheter to painlessly place the sperm directly into the uterus.

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) 
In-vitro means “in the lab” and for three decades this assisted reproductive technology has allowed hopeful parents to conceive and deliver healthy babies.

Reciprocal IVF appeals to lesbian couples that wish to share in the miracle of pregnancy. One female partner donates her eggs. Texas Fertility embryologists fertilize the egg(s) with donor sperm then transfer the embryo(s) to the other female partner.

IVF with donor eggs gives women with ovulatory dysfunction, premature menopause or advanced maternal age the chance to have a biological child.

IVF with donor sperm completes the circle of life for lesbian couples, or gay men with male infertility to overcome.

IVF with donor embryos can expand fertility options for single women or LGBT couples.

Gestational Carriers
Gestational carriers step in to help gay 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.

Your options greatly expand beyond adoption when you work with a leader in assisted reproductive technologies. Think of Texas Fertility Center as a cornerstone to same-sex family building. Our world-class fertility specialists will assist you in every step of the family building journey, from financial planning and wellness programs to your positive pregnancy test.


 “We always felt comfortable as a lesbian couple, and appreciated the humor, sensitivity, knowledge and understanding that the whole TFC staff extended to us.”

Meg and Machin

Meg and Machin

Dr. Burger’s patients Meg and Machin share their story ~ Our experience at TFC has been fantastic. It was just over a year ago that we went in to meet with Dr. Burger, who we were introduced to when she spoke as part of a panel on building LGBT families. We went in and told her we weren’t ready to start “trying” yet, but instead wanted to gather all possible information about the status of my fertility before we started “throwing sperm at the problem” so to speak. We based this on other lesbian couples we knew who had tried several very expensive cycles with no results only to find out the woman trying to get pregnant had a small solvable fertility issue.

So, we slowly and methodically went through tests and procedures, including a surgery to remove a fallopian tube blockage. Throughout the process Dr. Burger answered all of our questions, helped us make the best decision based on our life events, insurance, statistics and emotions. When we got to the stage where we started our IUI cycles, she continued to be understanding, full of good advice, but ultimately left the decision of when/whether to add medication up to us. While Dr. Burger never got to inseminate due to my ovulation consistently happening on the weekends, (Drs. Hansard and Vaughn were also fabulous!) she did not hesitate to celebrate with us at our 8 week ultrasound!

LGBT Fertility Stories

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Meg & Machin's Story

We always felt comfortable as a lesbian couple, and appreciated the humor, sensitivity, knowledge and understanding that the whole TFC staff extended to us.

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Hinshaw St Paul FamShannon & Beth's Story

Our fertility journey started in 2011. I was 33 at the time and had an overwhelming sense of wanting to be a mother. However, my wife Beth, who was 47 at the time.

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