We believe a family is defined as two or more people (one of whom can be your baby) who share common values and ultimately form a deeply loving bond. Chelsea Fertility NYC recognizes equality and freedom in parenting by providing open access to all fertility treatments available, regardless of relationship status or sexual orientation. Some of the options for LGBTQ, lesbian and gay patients include:
- Artificial Insemination (IUI)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Egg donation
- Surrogacy (Gestational Surrogacy)
- Sperm donation
With advances in fertility becoming more streamlined over the past 20 years, the essence of family creation is simply “getting gametes together.” Chelsea Fertility NYC is ready to help patients fully understand their options and navigate along the path to parenthood by creating a supportive experience with a clearly defined process. Our clinic consists of a team of individuals who will share in your goals, walk with you along every step of your journey, and provide the medical, psychosocial, financial, and legal support you need.
Egg Donation, Surrogacy and Sperm Donation for Single & Gay Parents
Over the past several decades our fertility specialists have worked to pioneer third party reproduction options in Washington, DC and Maine. They now bring this specialized experience to New York City to help you access new reproductive technologies and achieve your dreams of becoming a parent.
The assisted reproduction resources at Chelsea Fertility NYC include:
- IUI Program – Directed and Anonymous Sperm Donors
- Egg Donor Program – Fresh Matched, Directed and Anonymous
- Frozen Egg Donor Program
- Surrogacy – Gestational Carrier Program
Biological Parenting Options Available for Same-Sex Female Couples (Lesbian IVF or IUI)
Gay parenting options for same-sex female couples typically include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). The couple will decide which partner will carry the pregnancy, and this partner will then proceed with fertility testing that normally includes day 3 ovarian reserve tests and a sonohysterogram. Following testing, the couple will select a sperm donor from a sperm bank or they can use a known donor of their choosing. The sperm is then gently injected via IUI into the uterine cavity during a speculum examination.
Failure to achieve a pregnancy after repeated attempts with IUI would indicate a fertility problem that needs to be treated. Options at that time may include the use of fertility drugs with IUI, or treatment with IVF. If IVF is required, the doctors will manually fertilize the woman’s egg in the laboratory and then place the embryo into the woman’s uterus.
In the spirit of “all you need is love”, the Chelsea Fertility NYC Egg Exchange program offers a unique and affordable opportunity for both members of a lesbian couple to participate in the extraordinary experience of having a baby. In this modern family building solution, one woman provides the eggs and her partner is implanted with the embryo. The program is particularly effective when the egg quality of the woman who will carry the baby is not optimal (with her partner providing the eggs in her place). The fertilized embryos are then implanted with the use of “mini IVF” or modified natural cycle IVF, minimizing medical intervention and reducing the overall cost.
Biological Parenting Options for Same-Sex Male Couples
Gay men wishing to build a family through assisted reproduction will need both an egg donor and a gestational surrogate, and will use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to become parents. The partner wishing to use his sperm will undergo routine andrology testing that includes an analysis of sperm motility, concentration, volume and morphology. Even if a male fertility issue is discovered during this process, the sperm specimen can normally be used and IVF treatment can continue as planned. Doctors will then perform IVF by manually fertilizing the donor eggs in the lab and then placing the embryos into the uterus of the gestational carrier.
Finding a gestational carrier as well as an egg donor can be challenging. At Chelsea Fertility NYC, we specialize in providing you with customized advice, support and consultation during this process.
Gestational Surrogacy Laws
It is important for those creating families through a gestational carrier (surrogate mother) to be mindful of state law.
Surrogacy is a process by which a woman agrees to become pregnant by embryo transfer on behalf of another individual or couple. That individual or couple is said to be the intended parents of the child, however:
- The process of surrogacy does not establish any legal parental rights.
- Adoption laws and parental rights vary by state, and are not governed by federal law.
- Intended parents using surrogacy must carefully choose a state in which to seek treatment – one that will allow them to legally make arrangements to become parents of the child.
In New York, altruistic (voluntary) surrogacy agreements are generally not permissible by law. However, Chelsea Fertility NYC can help intended parents find a surrogate who resides in a state where surrogacy is allowed and where legal parentage can be established. All surrogacy contracts are drafted in the state in which the surrogate lives, and in this way are not subject to the laws of New York.
Support from Chelsea Fertility of New York City
The physicians at Chelsea Fertility NYC offer full emotional, physical, and legal support during your treatment, including:
- Finding adoption resources and professionals
- Understanding the legal information surrounding fertility treatment
- Connecting with genetics counselors as required
- Locating third party reproduction agencies
- Working with mental health specialists during your treatment
We want to offer inclusive care for all of your fertility needs in addition to providing comprehensive reproductive medical treatment.
During Your Visit
All patients will schedule an initial, private consultation with their physician to discuss their medical history, potential treatment plans, and financial options. We encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns that you may have about the process of becoming a parent. If any diagnostic testing is needed, you will then schedule these tests so that the doctor can fully develop a treatment plan that is customized to your desired outcomes.
Concomitantly, our staff can help coordinate any necessary donor arrangements or legal consultations to help keep the process moving forward. There will likely be several decision points along the way, and we will take the time to discuss your options in detail and help you make an informed decision about your care.