Have you ever wanted something so badly that it’s all you thought about? Something that consumed your life until you were able to touch it, feel it, admire it, and love it? For many gay men, this is exactly how they feel with dreams of starting a family, and for so many, it is hard to achieve or seemingly unattainable. The good news? There’s hope, and there are many ways to help make this dream a reality while being compensated at the same time (win win). If you’ve ever considered egg donation or surrogacy, you have the power to help thousands of couples who are unable to start a family on their own and the ability to give the greatest gift all – parenthood.
Here we take a closer look at both options offered at CT Fertility to help gay men & couples grow their families…
Egg donation is the process by which a woman donates eggs to enable another woman to conceive as part of an assisted reproduction treatment. It is considered third-party reproduction as part of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). At CT Fertility, the process starts with a medical and psychological screening for all donor candidates. Once complete, IVF stimulation begins and is followed by egg retrieval. After retrieval, the ova are fertilized by sperm in the lab, and after several days, the best resulting embryo(s) is/are placed in the uterus of the recipient (typically a surrogate – see below), whose uterine lining has been appropriately prepared for embryo transfer.
There are several options for gay men who opt to use surrogacy. With traditional surrogacy, a gay man uses his sperm to fertilize the surrogate’s egg through artificial insemination. The surrogate then carries the baby and gives birth. A gay couple may also choose gestational surrogacy, through in-vitro fertilization, where they use an egg donor, fertilize the donated egg and have the embryo implanted in a gestational surrogate to carry until birth. Our fertility clinic recommends consulting with a surrogacy lawyer to make sure all parties are protected.
At CT Fertility, we will provide you with the information and support you need throughout your journey with egg donation or surrogacy. It’s our goal to help gay couples become parents. For more information on our in-house egg donor program or surrogacy options, please click here.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our top fertility specialists to learn more about becoming an egg donor in Connecticut, please call us at 203-373-1200.
From Dr. Melvin Thornton and the entire CT Fertility team, we wish you a very happy holiday season!