How IVF Options for LGBTQ Patients Protect Personal Freedoms By jodorsett on November 01, 2021

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If you’ve recently decided to have a family or it’s something you and your partner have dreamed of but don’t know where to turn, we’re here to help you through IVF for LGBTQ patients. Even more than that, we want you to know that you have complete control over your LGBTQ family planning. 

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, we pride ourselves on listening to your concerns, needs, and dreams. We actively find solutions to make your goals happen because we believe every happy family we help make paves the way to a better future for all.

LGBTQ Family Planning Options for Hopeful Parents

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we want to ensure that our Lubbock, TX patients have the best choices suited for their needs, not just a selection of available procedures. You should feel confident in the process every step of the way.

Here are the core IVF treatment steps we’ll walk you through during your consultation: 

  • Gestational carrier 
  • Egg and sperm donation
  • IVF (in vitro fertilization)

Scroll down to learn more about the core steps our office will use to help make your family planning goals a reality.

Selecting a Gestational Carrier

Your gestational carrier is the woman that will carry the fetus to term and deliver the baby. Also known as a surrogate, she must be healthy and willing to live a lifestyle conducive to a healthy pregnancy. You can choose a family member or friend to be your carrier, or you can work with our center to find a compatible carrier for you. We’ll help you make arrangements with your surrogate to ensure a healthy pregnancy and your personal involvement in your child’s development in the womb.

Choose a Provider for Donor Eggs and Sperm

All fetuses are made from sperm and egg. You and your partner can choose to donate genetic material in whatever way you like. Some partners choose to split the “raw materials,” meaning that both parents will donate and use both their embryos in IVF. It’s also possible for one partner to donate and the other to carry the child, as is common with female couples. In some cases, neither parent wants to contribute DNA, in which case, our office can recommend reputable donor organizations to pair you with compatible eggs and sperm.

In Vitro Fertilization

The process of IVF is relatively straightforward. Mature eggs are fertilized by sperm in our lab. The embryos are then transferred to a healthy uterus. The number of embryos implanted depends on the goals of the family, the health of the gestational carrier, and the number of eggs given. Any leftover embryos can be stored for further use. While there is a greater risk of multiple births, the procedure is generally considered safe.

Schedule Your Consultation

Let us be the first to congratulate you on taking these first steps towards welcoming your little one into the world. We know you’ll make great parents and are honored that you chose The Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, for your IVF needs. Schedule your consultation by calling our office at (806) 788-1212 or by sending us a message online.

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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