Same-Sex and Transgender Fertility
Rochester Regional Health’s Fertility Center is proud to offer safe, assisted reproductive technologies to help same-sex and transgender couples conceive and begin a new journey to parenthood. We offer a wide range of LGBTQ+ fertility options, from egg donation to gestational surrogacy, to insemination, in vitro fertilization, and more.
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Fertility Treatments for Same-Sex Couples
For same-sex couples, the journey to parenthood can look different than opposite-sex couples, but the rewards are just as fulfilling. Welcome a new baby into your world is a gift that our fertility team is proud to be part of by offering fertility options for male and female couples.
- Insemination: Insemination is a precise and scheduled procedure planned around one partner’s natural ovulation. Also called intrauterine insemination (IUI), it involves placing donor sperm directly into the uterus at the time of ovulation. IUI is the simplest and least-expensive fertility option available for same-sex female couples.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): In vitro fertilization is a popular option for same-sex female couples using a sperm donor. IVF involves extracting multiple eggs, fertilizing the eggs with donor sperm in a laboratory, and then placing the resulting embryo(s) in the woman’s uterus. IVF is the most common form of Assisted Reproductive Technology for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
- Egg Donation – Choosing your egg donor is a personal experience. Our compassionate and experienced fertility team helps you and your partner through this important decision and provides you with the information you need to make the best choice for your future family. From a special screening process that checks hormone levels and general health, to harvesting eggs, we are with you each step of the way.
- Gestational Surrogacy: A gestational surrogate is a woman who contributes her eggs and carries a pregnancy for you. It can be a complicated emotional and legal journey. Our fertility team is by your side from the moment you begin your search to the day you meet your new baby.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): Once you and your partner have decided on your gestational carrier (or surrogate), an egg donor, and whose sperm you’ll be using, we begin the next steps towards in vitro fertilization. We will fertilize eggs in the laboratory with the chosen sperm, and then the resulting embryos begin to develop in the lab before being transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus. From there, we monitor the embryo’s growth and remain with you for any questions, concerns, or support every step of the way.