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Gen 5 is proud to be recognized as one of the top fertility clinics in the county with a diverse clientele that includes many in the LGBTQ+ community. Regardless of your background, we stand ready to support you in your desire to become a parent. Our high success rates and warm, caring environment make us the agency of choice for those in the LGBTQ+ community looking to start or expand your family.
We acknowledge and appreciate the unique obstacles those in the LGBTQ+ community may feel or have encountered when thinking about starting a family. At Gen 5, we want you to know we hear you, we see you and we are here to support you in this process. We embrace the opportunity to help you create a family.
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There have been many exciting and innovative developments over the past decade that allow us to better meet the fertility needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Not only has the concept of “family” evolved to include unmarried, single parents, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender singles or couples, but the technologies at our disposal are vast. Below are some options we are able to provide our LGBTQ+ parents-to-be.
Gay Family Building
Gay men have the full range of Gen5 Assisted Reproductive Technology (“ART”) available to them, including options for egg or embryo donation, combined with gestational surrogacy.
While it’s only possible to use the sperm from one man to fertilize any given egg, a popular option for some gay couples is “split insemination,” in which half of the eggs are fertilized with one man’s sperm and the other half are fertilized with the other man’s sperm. If you are interested in this procedure, our experienced team can help you understand all of the considerations involved – time, energy, financial, legal and administrative – to make the best choice for your family.
Lesbian women have several options for starting or growing their families. Individuals and couples can choose Ovulation Induction and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) (also known as “artificial insemination”) using an anonymous or known sperm donor. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is another option for women who may be experiencing problems conceiving through insemination.Our team of care providers will help you navigate the process, from finding a sperm donor to choosing the right treatment path.
We are proud to offer fertility preservation and family-building assisted reproductive treatment to trans individuals and couples, both pre-and post-transition. The freezing of eggs, sperm, or embryos prior to hormone therapy or surgery allows the opportunity to participate in the genetic makeup of any planned future offspring.
While some transgender patients may be able to conceive on their own, some may need the help of assisted reproductive technology to become pregnant. Treatment options include: in vitro fertilization (which may include donor egg, sperm, or embryo), intrauterine insemination (which may include donor sperm), or gestational surrogacy.
A note about hormone therapy: please discuss your hormone therapy with your Gen5 doctor, who will advise whether you need to postpone hormone therapy during fertility treatment. We will help you minimize the time you need to be off hormone therapy.
Co-IVF for Couples
Co-in vitro fertilization (Co-IVF) or reciprocal IVF is an exciting fertility treatment available to same-sex female couples, or any two people who both possess a uterus. This procedure gives each partner the opportunity to physically participate in the reproductive process. One partner provides the eggs and the other partner carries the embryos during an IVF cycle. Co-IVF provides choices for eligible couples that best fits each partner’s preferred role as a parent (i.e. genetic contribution versus carrying and delivering the pregnancy.) We can help you understand the options available to each partner in this process.
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Although our laser focus at Gen5 is helping intended parents start the family they desire, we are also well versed in the issues surrounding fertility, and can help you identify appropriate and experienced legal counsel to protect your rights during the fertility process.