Fertility treatments provide couples and individuals with an opportunity to start a family. For those who wish to pursue it, fertility treatment is a successful way for LGBT couples and individuals to start a family. Staying informed about current LGBT issues surrounding fertility treatments can help you navigate your journey to becoming a parent.
There are a number of fertility treatments available for LGBT couples and individuals who are seeking to build a family. These treatments include:
- IUI – Intrauterine Insemination, also known as artificial insemination, places donor sperm directly into a woman’s uterus at the time she is ovulating.
- Donor Eggs – Donor eggs can be used to address a number of concerns. Potential parents can select a donor based on a number of criteria to find a donor that is perfect for their needs.
- Donor Sperm – Donor sperm may also be used to address various concerns. Sperm donors may be selected on criteria including physical characteristics, family history, and education.
- Surrogacy – Gestational carriers may be used when a couple is unable to carry a pregnancy on their own. Gestational carriers are not biologically related to the child.
- IVF – IVF treatment is used with surrogacy as well as to treat infertility if IUI is unsuccessful or not an option medically.
Unfortunately, there are some issues for LGBT parents. Current LGBT issues surrounding fertility treatments include:
- Birth certificates – In some states, both members of a same sex couple are not able to be on a child’s birth certificate – even if they are married.
- Adoption – Some state laws prevent same sex couples from adopting.
- Health insurance – Some health insurance carriers have refused to pay for fertility treatment in instances where the fertility treatment isn’t deemed medically necessary. For example, a woman without fertility issues may have difficulty with her insurance carrier paying for IVF or IUI procedures.
To discuss LGBT issues surrounding fertility treatments, contact the fertility care experts at New Hope Fertility Center today. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.