Take the first step to start or grow your family with fertility testing for gay men
Texas Fertility Center proudly offers family-building options for gay couples and single men. When you meet with an Austin fertility specialist from our clinic, you’ll learn how you can welcome a baby with help from egg donation and gestational surrogacy. However, before you move forward with these options, you’ll need fertility testing for gay men.
What is the first step in the fertility evaluation process?
You’ll make an appointment with an Austin fertility specialist at TFC. At your first appointment, you’ll discuss your family-building goals, but that’s not all. You’ll also talk to your doctor about your family and medical history. Additionally, you’ll let your doctor know whether you, your partner or both of you want to use your sperm for the pregnancy. Your doctor will also give you plenty of time to ask questions.
After this discussion, your doctor will recommend the applicable forms of fertility testing for gay men. Most commonly, this involves a semen analysis for you and/or your partner.
What happens during fertility testing for gay men?
You and/or your partner will be providing the sperm for pregnancy. As a result, your Austin fertility specialist needs to know more about your sperm health and function. This is where a semen analysis comes into play.
Your doctor will give you instructions to help you get the most accurate semen analysis results. This includes abstaining from ejaculation for at least 48 hours before providing your sample using masturbation.
Once we have your semen sample, an andrologist will examine it and take note of the following parameters.
- Semen volume
- Sperm concentration, also known as sperm count
- Morphology, which is the percentage of sperm with a normal shape and size
- Motility, which is the percentage of sperm swimming in a forward direction
If any of these sperm characteristics are abnormal, your doctor may order a second semen analysis to confirm the results. Your doctor may also refer you or your partner to a urologist for a specialized fertility evaluation and treatment.
However, if no issues are present, you can move forward with in vitro fertilization (IVF) using donor eggs.
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have a family
Our team is here to support you, regardless of your sexual orientation or marital status. That’s because we believe in your right to have a family. If you want to start exploring fertility testing for gay men, contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more.
LGBT Fertility Stories
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.
Shannon & 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.