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LGBTQ Families

Reproductive Options for LGBTQ Community

American Interior Designer,
Nate Berkus
Proud supporter of Reproductive Health and Wellness Center

American Interior Designer,
Nate Berkus
Proud supporter of Reproductive Health and Wellness Center

Our fertility specialist, Dr. Marcus Rosencrantz, has over a decade long history of welcoming all patients regardless of their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their ethnicity, or their marital status.

At Reproductive Health and Wellness Center, we are honored to help all patients achieve their dreams of parenthood and we will always be proud supporters of the LGBTQ community.

We also understand that same-sex and transgender couples/individuals have unique fertility needs, and we offer a wide array of reproductive options.

The first step is to have an initial consultation with our fertility doctor. At that visit, you will review your medical history, family goals, and any necessary testing. You will also learn about the different options you have for moving forward.

Options for Lesbian Couples

Donor Sperm & IUI, IVF, Reciprocal IVF

Lesbian couples Orange County IVF

Individuals and couples can obtain donor sperm from an anonymous donor (a sperm bank) or from a known donor (someone known to you). This is obviously a big decision and the fertility doctor will go over the pros and cons of both choices. Click here to learn more about sperm donors.

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

Illustration of Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) treatment through lab microscope

IUI is when a sample of sperm is directly placed into a woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation. This is a quick and painless procedure done in the office using a very small catheter that passes through the cervix and into the uterus.
An IUI can be performed during a natural cycle which is when a woman naturally ovulates that month without using any medication.

An IUI can also be performed after taking fertility medications which can help women ovulate one or more eggs. Some women are good candidates to start with natural cycles while others might need ovarian stimulation.

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment through microscope

Sometimes IUI is not an effective treatment and IVF is necessary. IVF is when eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a highly specialized laboratory. The fertilized egg becomes an embryo which is ultimately transferred back into the uterus.

Reciprocal IVF

This IVF technique is when the eggs from one partner are inseminated in the laboratory with donor sperm. The embryos that are produced can then be transferred into the uterus of the other partner who will carry the pregnancy.

Options for Gay Men

Selecting Sperm and Selecting An Egg Donor

Gay dads

One of the first and most important tests to perform is a semen analysis on one or both parents. This can identify if there are any issues with the sperm and can help decide which sperm to use. Usually however sperm from either parent can be used.

Selecting an Egg Donor


Gay men will need to find eggs which can come from either a fresh egg donor or from a donor egg bank.
For a fresh egg donor, the eggs can come from an anonymous donor or from a friend or family member. All frozen egg bank donors were already screened, completed their IVF cycle and egg retrieval, and have had their eggs frozen.

In either situation, the donor will undergo an IVF cycle where the eggs will be removed from their body.

Selecting a Surrogate

Surrogacy Fertility Care Orange County Mobile Version

Gay men will also need someone to carry the pregnancy. This is called a gestational carrier and can be someone found through a surrogacy agency or can be a friend or family member. RHWC works with a number of well respected agencies in Southern California and across the country.

Options for Transgender Community

For Trans Men, For Trans Women

Transgender Fertility

Hormone therapy can cause significant change to the body. Both testosterone therapy for Trans Men and estrogen therapy for Trans Women cause changes to the ovaries and testicles. These changes can be temporary (at the very least making it difficult to obtain eggs and sperm) and they can also be permanent (causing sterility). That is why planning ahead is important for transitioning males and females.

For Trans Men

Before starting hormone therapy, Trans Men have the option of freezing eggs to be used for pregnancy at a later time. If you have already started testosterone therapy, you will need to stop taking it temporarily to allow time for the eggs to re-develop.

For Trans Women

Before starting hormone therapy, Trans Women have the option of freezing sperm to be used for pregnancy at a later time. If you have already started estrogen therapy, you will need to stop taking it temporarily to allow time for the sperm to re-develop.

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