Same Sex Couples
Fertility Options for Same Sex (Gay and Lesbian) Couples
New England Fertility offers same sex (gay and lesbian) couples help in achieving their dream of starting a family. Treatments include sperm donation, artificial insemination (IUI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) for same sex female (lesbian) couples and egg donation and gestational surrogacy for gay male couples.
Fertility Options for Lesbian Couples
New England Fertility offers same sex female (lesbian) couples two primary fertility/pregnancy options: artificial insemination (IUI) with donor sperm and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Artificial insemination (IUI) with donor sperm
New England Fertility works with several sperm donor banks in the state of Connecticut and surrounding states – or patients can choose their own sperm donor. Once a patient chooses a sample, it is shipped to our Stamford, Connecticut, laboratory and safely stored in our onsite cryobank. Next the patient undergoes a fertility evaluation and ovulation therapy (if needed), after which we schedule an appointment for intrauterine insemination (IUI) in our office.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
New England Fertility recommends IVF when one female partner wishes to provide the eggs and the other is interested in carrying the pregnancy. The eggs are harvested from one partner, then fertilized in the laboratory with donor sperm, with the resulting embryos placed in the uterus of the other partner.
Fertility Options for Gay Male Couples
Gay couples looking to have children require the services of an egg donor, who provides the eggs, as well as a gestational carrier (surrogate), who will carry the pregnancy. The eggs can be fertilized with the sperm of one or both partners.
Note: At New England Fertility, we know that the process of selecting an egg donor and a gestational surrogate may appear daunting. That’s why our third-party reproduction team has worked hard over the years to make the egg donation and gestational surrogacy process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, helping clients not only select the proper candidates but helping them with legal and psychological issues along the way.