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We believe that every couple deserves the best possible chance to build their family

Advanced Fertility Center of Texas is committed to helping LGBTQ couples build happy, healthy, loving families.

Start Your Family

Lesbian couples will need to choose a sperm donor and decide who will provide the egg and who will carry the baby.

Reproductively, you have a few different options available depending on your current health and personal preferences. Our team will help you make the decisions that make the most sense for you and your partner.

PHASE 1

Family Decisions

Who will carry the baby?

You will need to decide which partner will become pregnant and carry the child. Through Reciprocal IVF, it is possible to have one parent provide the eggs, while the other carries the child.

Which partner will provide the eggs?

You will need to decide which partner will provide the eggs, genetically tying themselves to the child. This is a very personal decision that should take into consideration your current health, genetic health concerns, as well as each couple’s personal preferences.

Who will donate the sperm?

You will need to select a sperm donor. If medically appropriate, you may choose to ask a close friend or family member. We have rigorously-screened donor sperm available at our facilities, or you can use a donor from an agency. 

PHASE 2

Reproductive Options

Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination, also known as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), is a simple reproductive procedure that requires a sperm donor.

With Artificial Insemination, the fertility process takes place inside the body of the chosen partner using donated sperm. You and your partner will need to decide together who will carry the child.

Learn more about the Artificial Insemination (IUI) process.

In Vitro Fertilization

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of the most common and most successful types of assisted reproduction. 

With In Vitro Fertilization, the insemination process takes place outside of the body. Eggs (oocytes) are extracted from the ovaries of the selected partner and combined with donor sperm, usually creating multiple embryos. Once an embryo is tested and selected by the couple, it is then transferred into the chosen partner’s body, where it will continue to develop into a baby.  

Learn more about the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process. 

Reciprocal IVF

Reciprocal IVF utilizes both female partners in the reproductive process—one parent donates the eggs, while the other carries the child.

The partner contributing their eggs goes through the stimulation and retrieval process. Their eggs are then fertilized with donor sperm, and once successful, the embryo is transferred into the uterus of the other partner. 

This process provides an ultimate opportunity for shared motherhood. The partner who donated the eggs is directly genetically connected to the child, while the partner who bears the child is connected through the process of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, all of which are key biological experiences that connect a child to their parent.

Are you ready to grow your family?

The reproductive journey is unique to every couple or individual involved. Our team understands that this may be an intimidating process. We will help you evaluate your individual circumstances and preferences to come up with the reproductive solutions that best match your specific needs.

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