LGBTQ Family Building

We believe that parenthood is a gift EVERYONE should be able to enjoy.

Through donor sperm insemination, donor egg programs and gestational carrier services, Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital is proud to assist individuals and couples achieve their dream of building a family.

There are many options for LGBTQ individuals and couples looking to become parents and at your initial consultation you will have the chance to discuss them with your physician and other members of your personalized fertility team.

There “” you and your partner will begin to develop a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan. In addition, you’ll meet with an experienced Financial Coordinator (a liaison between both yourself and your insurance company) to learn what aspects of treatment are covered by your insurance provider.

Fertility Treatment for Lesbian Couples

There are two options we can offer for lesbians or single women who wish to become parents. Both options will require the use of donor sperm.

1. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves the injection of washed sperm directly into the uterus on the day of ovulation. The timing of ovulation can be controlled through the use of fertility medications, and sometimes donor sperm insemination is performed after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation.

2. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of eggs in a Petri dish. After the created embryos have developed for 3-5 days, they will be transferred into the uterus to establish a pregnancy. We usually transfer the best 1 or 2 embryos and freeze the remaining embryos of good quality. Reciprocal IVF is a popular form of treatment for lesbian couples because it allows both partners to be involved in the conception. The eggs from one partner will be fertilized with the donor sperm, and the embryos are later transferred into the other partner who will then carry the pregnancy.

Fertility Treatment for Gay Male Couples

Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital can help gay male couples who wish to become parents by using an egg donor along with a gestational carrier (gestational surrogate). IVF is performed using eggs from a donor, along with sperm from one or both of the male partners. One or two of the best embryos are transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier, who will carry the pregnancy.

Legal Resources

When third party reproduction is used (donor sperm, donor eggs, or gestational carrier), there are important legal issues that should be considered and addressed, including establishing legal parentage. Boston IVF at The Women’s Hospital can refer to you attorneys who specialize in third party reproductive law with experience in this very special area of legal practice.