Treatment Options for Same-Sex Couples

At Yale Fertility Center, we follow the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and provide equal access to potential intended parents without regard to sexual orientation. In fact, YFC welcomes same sex couples and has successfully enabled many to achieve parenthood through assisted reproduction.

Lesbians seeking treatment in our program sometimes only require intrauterine insemination with donor sperm in order to achieve motherhood. At other times, the treatment may be more complex requiring in vitro fertilization or egg donation along with donor sperm. Some same sex female couples choose to have both partners involved, one to provide the eggs and the other the uterus. Please see the Egg Donation and Surrogacy sections for more details.

Gay male couples achieve fatherhood in our program through in vitro fertilization with an egg donor and a gestational carrier. Typically, they have made a decision ahead of time about who will provide the sperm. In some cases, both partners choose that option. Medical and psychological screening of all parties is the same as that for heterosexual couples. You can find a complete description of the screening in the Gestational Surrogacy section.

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