Couples and individuals choose egg donation for a variety of reasons, but egg donation meets a very specific need for LGBT couples. Egg donation offers a useful and practical fertility treatment option for gay couples and singles, completing families for many men or women who use this service. Same-sex couples face unique issues on their journeys to becoming parents. Lesbian couples, for example, need a sperm donor, but there are situations in which they may need or prefer egg donation as well.
Gay male couples are more likely to choose egg donation as their fertility solution. Typically, one of you will provide sperm, and a donor will provide the egg. Keep in mind that the person who provides the sperm or the egg does not determine who the child’s parents are; that’s what surrogacy and family law attorneys are available to help sort out. However, in this case, what will most likely happen is that you will provide sperm, choose an egg donor, and enlist a surrogate to carry the baby. You may opt to combine sperm from both partners with the egg, or you may have reasons that only one partner provides sperm.
One of the first steps to complete is choosing an egg donor. You may select an anonymous egg donor, who will act as a third party, providing her reproductive materials to you. Your surrogate will then carry the baby but will not share a genetic connection with the baby; the baby’s DNA is shared with the donor of the sperm sample and the egg. Alternatively, some couples use a surrogate who is also the egg donor.
The egg donor you select will take fertility medications that will enhance the odds of producing more than one egg in a cycle. Her cycle is carefully monitored, and arrangements are made to retrieve the eggs at the ideal time. Egg retrieval is a momentous occasion signaling the preparation phase is over, and the implantation phase has begun.
Egg donation holds unique benefits for gay couples; you are in the position of being able to choose high-quality genetic material from a pool of carefully screened young women. Rest assured that there are stringent safeguards in place to ensure that any egg donor you choose from the donors we have available has been screened for medical issues, psychological health, and genetic diseases.
If you are ready to come one step closer to your dream of becoming a parent, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We are always willing to answer your questions and to see what we can do to help you.