Many people want to start a family and have children. Thanks to advancements in medicine, more and more LGBTQ couples are able to achieve that dream. If you would like to know more about LGBTQ fertility treatment, keep reading.
What Is Intrauterine Insemination?
Intrauterine insemination must be performed right before the ovaries of the partner who will carry the baby release an egg. During the procedure, the doctor inserts sperm directly into the uterus where it will await the egg.
Hopefully, when the egg exits the fallopian tubes, one sperm will fertilize it. For this reason, however, there is a risk that the sperm and egg may never meet. Since this procedure is less expensive and invasive, it is typically recommended.
What Is In Vitro Fertilization?
In vitro fertilization is a more expensive option. However, you know the sperm has fertilized the egg because the sperm and egg are fertilized outside the body. The doctor collects multiple eggs and sperm and combines them in the lab to form embryos. In many cases, multiple embryos are inserted directly into the uterus.
This process is a good choice if the partner providing the egg has a low egg count or the eggs are old. There is a risk that no embryos will attach to the uterine wall, and in some cases, more than one embryo may develop, leading to multiple babies.
What if There Is No Egg or Sperm?
The best part of LGBTQ fertility treatment: you can use your own eggs and sperm, or you can use someone else's. If a couple has both sperm and egg, they can use their own. However, if they need eggs or sperm, they can request a donor.
You can ask a friend or family member to provide the sperm and/or egg, but there are also people who donate their eggs and sperm. This is a better choice if you don't feel comfortable asking someone you know to provide the sperm/egg, but using the egg or sperm of someone you know means you better know the medical history of both donors.
Who Should Carry the Baby?
If one partner has a healthy uterus, they can carry the baby. However, if you take hormones, you'll have to stop to carry the baby, and this can trigger gender dysphoria in some patients. Of course, you can also ask someone to carry the baby for you, such as a sibling. Make sure you trust whoever you ask as you'll have less control over what your unborn baby is exposed to.
Having children can be a rewarding blessing. However, many people struggle with pregnancy. If you and your partner are unable to get pregnant, consider LGBTQ fertility treatments.
Contact a local fertility treatment center to learn more about LGBTQ fertility options.Share
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