FERTILITY TREATMENT FOR GAY COUPLES/SAME-SEX MALE COUPLES
Gay men planning to build a family through fertility treatments will meet with their physician to discuss the details of using an egg donor and gestational carrier to achieve pregnancy via IVF. The partner wishing to use his sperm will undergo a semen analysis to test volume, concentration, motility, and morphology of the sperm.
Egg donors may be a family member of the non-donating partner, a friend, or an anonymous volunteer screened by our staff. The age of the egg donor is one of the most important factors affecting the outcome of IVF. Because fertility declines with age, the donor should ideally be between the ages of 19-33. Once selected, the donor will undergo an intensive screening that includes medical, psychological, genetic and infectious disease tests, and also meet with an independent reproductive attorney.
In accordance with requirements by the US FDA and CCRM, known sperm donors and gay male couples must quarantine sperm for 6 months/180 days prior to use in an infertility treatment cycle. Persons undergoing quarantine must have medical, psychological and infectious disease testing prior to collecting and freezing sperm. This series of tests must be completed again after 6 months/180 days in an effort to reduce complications or risks for the individual carrying the pregnancy. Couples must use a CCRM-approved cryobank to ensure the testing and cryopreservation of sperm is performed with the highest standards. On average, the entire process of quarantine can take 7-9 months depending on how quickly you can complete testing.
CCRM does not currently provide gestational carriers, but your medical team can refer you to agencies and attorneys who specialize in identifying gestational carriers.
For more information about LGBTQ Family Building or other fertility treatments, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!