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    Family Building Options for Gay Men

    Exploring Family Building Options for Gay Men

    Gay Family Building? – Thanks to modern reproductive technology, gay men can now have their biological children. While choosing to build a family is no doubt, a life-changing decision. This process can be smooth and full of joy with the right planning and preparation.

    As you may already know, the parties involved in the family-building process through in vitro fertilization are the hopeful couples, a gestational carrier, and an egg donor. Continue reading to know more about them and the relevant legal information regarding the process of building a family.

    Gestational Carriers

    One of the family-building options for same-sex surrogacy is using a gestational carrier. Note that a surrogate mother and a gestational carrier are two different things, although people often mix them up. Apart from carrying the baby to term, a surrogate mother also donates the eggs used in the process. So, there are genetic ties between the baby and the surrogate mother.

    On the other hand, a gestational carrier (GC) is only for the baby, not the donor of the fertilized eggs. They carry eggs donated by someone else. At our fertility clinic in San Diego, we evaluate psychological and medical conditions before approving a gestational carrier.

    Gay couples or LGBTQ families can have biological children by using sperm from a partner and eggs from a donor-related to the other partner. Another good option is to use an unknown egg donor sharing no genetic ties with either of the couple. While some couples go for a carrier that they know but others use a gestational carrier. A gestational carrier recommended by the fertility clinic or a third-party agency. The IVF cycle and subsequent implantation process will begin after all the necessary legal paperwork is done.

    Egg Donors

    At our Fertility Clinic in San Diego, we follow a comprehensive and selective process when approving donors. We carefully screen all potential egg donors not only for disease but also for infertility. Our donors usually are women in their twenties with incredibly fertile eggs. We collect an average of 12 to 18 eggs from each of these donors. Our donors cut across a wide range of ethnic, educational, and social backgrounds.

    The number one step is to select an egg donor. The chosen donor then starts a regimen of ovarian stimulation medications for ten days. After which her eggs would be collected and fertilized with sperm