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LGBT Family Building

Abington Reproductive Medicine has helped many gay, lesbian and transgender couples create families with the assistance of fertility treatments.

To begin, you will have an initial consultation with one of our board certified fertility specialist to discuss your medical history, testing and potential treatment.  The next step is diagnostic testing to discover the level of fertility in either partner.  Once testing is complete, our medical team will develop a protocol and you can begin your journey to parenthood!

Our services include:
Donor sperm insemination
Egg donation - using both known and anonymous donors
Traditional surrogacy or gestational carriers
Sperm and egg cryopreservation is available to preserve fertility

Fertility for Lesbian Couples
Typically, the couple will decide which partner will carry the pregnancy.  This partner will proceed with "day 3 blood work" to test hormone levels and HSG to determine the health of the uterus and fallopian tubes.  If the fertility potential is good, the couple will then select donor sperm to be used to achieve pregnancy.  Donor sperm will be used in an intrauterine insemination (IUI), a simple procedure where the sperm is placed directly into the women's uterus.

Fertility for Gay Couples
Gay men planning to build a family through fertility treatments will meet with their physicians to discuss the details of using an egg donor and gestational carrier.  The partner wishing to use his sperm will undergo a semen analysis to test motility, volume, concentration and morphology of the sperm.  The couple will then coordinate with our Donor Team to review our egg donors.  Donors from an agency can be used, as can a family member if medically appropriate.

Once the couple has identified both a gestational carrier and the egg donor, one or both male partners will provide sperm samples to be used in the insemination of the donated eggs.  Once mature, the embryo or embryos from one partner's sperm sample will be transferred to the gestational carrier.  In this way, the genetic lineage of the child is established at embryo transfer.

Family Building Using Donor Egg or Donor Sperm
At Abington Reproductive Medicine, in accordance with national ASRM standards, all patients using donor sperm, egg donor or gestational carrier, will meet with one of our certified psychological counselors.  In this very helpful consultation, you and your partner will explore your views on your planned treatment, and how and when to discuss issues of third party reproduction in an age appropriate way with your future child.

We have a full-time insurance specialist who will guide you through your insurance plan coverage and other financial options.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please call: 215-887-2010.