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LGBTQ Family Building

Fertility Treatment for LGBTQ Couples

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GF is dedicated to helping gay, lesbian, and transgender people and couples realize their dream of parenthood. We offer a full range of services, from low tech to highly advanced, and apply the latest in assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help you achieve successful outcomes. At SGF, there are fertility options for every type of lifestyle and partnership.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is SGF the center of choice for LGBTQ family building?

As a premier fertility center in the nation, SGF has created a comprehensive program for LGBTQ family building. Through continuous innovation and new developments in assisted reproductive technology (ART), the LGBTQ community can participate in the parenting journey through a range of fertility treatment options. SGF offers family building options for every type of partnership in a nurturing and supportive environment.

AFFORDABLE
SGF accepts most insurance plans and makes treatment affordable through innovative financial options, including treatment guarantees.

EXTENSIVE INSURANCE COVERAGE
SGF accepts over 30 of the region’s most popular insurance companies.
DISCOUNT OPTIONS
SGF offers a range of discount options to reduce the cost of treatment and medication, including: multi-cycle discounts, military discounts, and income-based discounts.
100% REFUND OPTIONS
Our Shared Risk 100% Refund Program for IVF or Donor Egg guarantees you take home a baby or receive a full refund. 86% of patients take home a baby. (Some exclusions apply)
MEDICAL FINANCING
SGF partners with Fertility Finance, a company dedicated to providing patient financial services for fertility treatment. Fertility Finance provides patients with an easy loan process and competitive rates.
GRANTS & CLINICAL TRIALS
Ask your team about available grants and current trials that can reduce out-of-pocket expenses. Talk to your financial counselor to learn more about these options and more.

ACCESSIBLE
With 42 physicians and 29 convenient locations throughout MD, PA, VA, D.C., and GA, SGF offers individualized care and early morning appointments to accommodate your schedule.

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES

PATIENT SUCCESS
Over 50,000 babies born
96% of SGF patients would refer a friend or family member

Do I have to undergo fertility testing first?

The first step to building your family is to undergo routine diagnostic testing.

FEMALE FERTILITY TESTS

Hormone testing via a blood draw shows whether or not you are ovulating as well as your ovarian reserve. An ultrasound will help determine how many eggs you have (your ovarian reserve) as well as if there are any abnormalities in your uterus. Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) will help assess if your Fallopian tubes are open and healthy.

MALE FERTILITY TESTS
A semen analysis will show if your sperm are normal in number, shape, and function.

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What are my treatment options?

INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the simpler, “low-tech” treatments often used with female couples who are using donor sperm.

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF)
IVF is the most successful treatment you can do using your own eggs and sperm (or donor sperm). Genetic testing of embryos is available.

RECIPROCAL IVF, ALSO KNOWN AS CO-IVF
Through co-IVF, also known as reciprocal IVF, both females in a couple have the opportunity to use their eggs, or carry the pregnancy. In doing so, couples may use the same egg/sperm source, so their children are 100% genetic siblings or create embryos from each partner.

DONOR EGG TREATMENT
SGF is home to the largest donor egg program in the nation. Donor egg treatment involves an IVF cycle during which a female uses another female’s eggs other than her own. Egg donors are healthy females ages 21 to 32 who are medically, genetically, and psychologically prescreened and ready to anonymously donate.

DONOR EGG TREATMENT WITH GESTATIONAL CARRIER
SGF relies on experienced and reputable attorneys and agencies to recruit gestational carriers (GC), a woman with no genetic tie with the child she is carrying. The average wait to be matched with a GC is 3 to 6 months. All GCs and intended fathers must seek legal counsel, even when working with a friend or family member.

INTENDED FATHER TREATMENT
Male couples have the opportunity to each provide sperm that can be used to create an embryo, through dual insemination, which can then be transferred to a known or recruited GC to carry the pregnancy.

Do you offer reciprocal IVF?

Yes we do. Through reciprocal IVF (or Co-IVF), both females in a couple have the opportunity to use their eggs, or carry the pregnancy. In doing so, couples may use the same egg/sperm source, so their children are 100% genetic siblings or create embryos from each partner.

Do you offer dual insemination for male couples?

Yes, male couples have the opportunity to each provide sperm that can be used to create an embryo, through dual insemination, which can then be transferred to a known or recruited gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy

What treatments do you offer transgender people?

For a female to male transition partnered with a female, reciprocal IVF is commonly used. For a female to male transition partnered with a male, couples often use traditional conception with IUI or intercourse.

For a male to female transition partnered with a male, we offer IVF, egg donation, and gestational carriers. The transgender person may utilize the partner’s sperm or banked sperm. For male to female transition partnered with a female, most couples use IUI. The transgender person may utilize the partner’s sperm or banked sperm.

Do you recruit gestational carriers?

SGF relies on experienced and reputable attorneys and agencies to recruit gestational carriers (GC), a woman with no genetic tie with the child she is carrying. The average wait to be matched with a GC is 3 to 6 months. All GCs and intended fathers must seek legal counsel, even when working with a friend or family member.

Does SGF recruit sperm donors?

SGF works with certified sperm banks where donors are appropriately screened. Anonymous sperm registries offer childhood photos, personal demographics, and essays written by the donor. You may opt to use a known sperm donor such as a relative or friend. Your care team will coordinate this process for you and your donor.

What ways does SGF provide support during treatment?
PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT

We recognize the challenges LGBTQ people and couples may encounter as they explore their family building options; therefore we offer patients access to a full network of professionals , all of whom are well versed in reproductive law, therapy/counseling, finances, and third party reproduction, including: donor egg, donor sperm, and the use of a gestational carrier.

WELLNESS CENTER
SGF’s Wellness Center provides holistic therapy services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and nutrition assistance that are designed to treat the “whole patient.” Our Wellness Center services do not replace advanced reproductive technology but rather support the patient during treatment. Our holistic practitioners are specially trained by infertility experts so that their approach to treatment addresses each patient’s individual needs.

PATIENT STORIES
Explore a community of support and storytelling created by our patients. These storiesprovide an honest, heartwarming look into the trials and triumphs our patients face, and hopefully offer a glimpse of what makes Shady Grove Fertility a place of hope and possibility.

SOCIAL COMMUNITY
Our Facebook Community provides a supportive space to share struggles and successes. Join today.

EVENTS
View a complete listing of upcoming free educations seminars and webcasts, as well as local support groups. While all SGF events are complimentary, interested parties must register to attend by visiting the Shady Grove Fertility calendar of events.

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