Same-sex male couples can welcome a baby using surrogacy for gay men
Parenthood should be accessible to everyone, which is why The Fertility Center of Las Vegas offers so many LGBTQ family-building options. As Las Vegas LGBTQ fertility experts, our doctors have the knowledge and expertise to make parenthood possible using options like surrogacy for gay men.
Single men and same-sex male couples can rely on a combination of egg donation and surrogacy to welcome a baby. Through every step of the process, our team will provide the caring support and guidance our patients want and deserve.
How do same-sex male couples pick a surrogate?
Conception occurs when sperm fertilizes a healthy egg to create an embryo. This embryo then implants in the uterus, where it grows until the baby is ready to be born. Because same-sex cis male couples do not have ovaries or a uterus, egg donation and surrogacy for gay men is necessary.
After selecting an egg donor from either our in-house program or a reputable donor agency or egg bank, the next step is picking a gestational surrogate (gestational carrier). This woman will carry the pregnancy and give birth to the baby before giving the child to its parents.
Some same-sex male couples and single men ask a woman they know to be their surrogate. However, other people turn to surrogacy agencies for help navigating the process. Reputable agencies provide access to healthy, prescreened surrogates. Some of these organizations even provide support throughout the surrogacy journey.
Our team understands that egg donation and surrogacy for gay men can be overwhelming. As a result, our Las Vegas LGBTQ fertility specialists will carefully guide single men and same-sex male couples through each step. We always want our patients to feel confident that they know what is happening throughout treatment and feel completely supported.
What does egg donation and surrogacy for gay men involve?
After selecting an egg donor and a surrogate, our Las Vegas LGBTQ fertility specialists will help patients take the next steps.
- Embryologists in the IVF lab will fertilize the donor eggs using sperm from one or both partners in a same-sex couple. To maximize the chances of successful fertilization, embryologists use a technique called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
- The laboratory team will monitor the growth and development of the resulting embryos in the IVF lab. Same-sex male couples and single men can also opt to have preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) performed on their embryos at this time.
- The fertility doctor will work with the patients and the embryologists to select the best embryo to transfer. After making the selection, the doctor will transfer the embryo to the uterus of the surrogate. She will take a pregnancy test at our clinic two weeks later.
A combination of advanced fertility treatments and the compassion of our team, egg donors and surrogates makes parenthood possible for men. If you’d like to learn more about egg donation and surrogacy for gay men, contact us to schedule an appointment.