Learn more about fertility treatments for gay couples
Same-sex male couples often choose our Tennessee fertility center for their family-building needs because we provide high-quality fertility treatments for gay couples. In addition, we make sure all gay couples at our clinic feel welcome as they receive the support that they need to grow their family.
Exploring fertility treatments for gay couples
The law prohibits the use of traditional surrogacy, which is when the same woman donates her eggs and carries the pregnancy. As a result, all gay couples require an egg donor and gestational surrogate. Our team will walk couples through the process of selecting an egg donor and a healthy gestational surrogate who can carry the pregnancy.
The first phase of fertility treatments for gay couples is egg donation, which consists of the fathers choosing their ideal egg donor. All donors they review have been carefully screened for physical, genetic and psychological health. Using in vitro fertilization (IVF), our Tennessee fertility center will combine the eggs with sperm from one or both fathers.
After the donor eggs have been fertilized, one of our fertility doctors will transfer the healthiest embryo to the uterus of the gestational surrogate. This woman will have taken medications to prep her uterus for the pregnancy.
The role of preimplantation genetic testing
To determine whether embryos are chromosomally normal, our Tennessee fertility center offers preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) as part of IVF. After fertilizing the donor eggs, one of our embryologists can perform a very safe embryo biopsy. The biopsy involves removing cells from the portion of the embryo that develops into the placenta. It leaves the inner cell mass that turns into the embryo untouched.
The embryologist will then examine cells retrieved from this biopsy to determine which embryos are chromosomally normal (euploid). If one of the fathers has an inheritable genetic condition, we can also order preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to test embryos for that specific genetic disorder.
We can help you build your family
We’re honored to give fathers more family-building options than just adoption. To learn more about fertility treatments for gay couples, contact us to schedule a consultation at our renowned Tennessee fertility center.