For same-sex male couples, planning a family starts with a lot of questions—about getting an egg donor, surrogacy, and other fertility treatment options. Some of these questions can be answered by you, while others require input from professionals.
Fertility clinics that are committed to successfully serving same sex male couples—and all LGBT couples—make staff available to answer your questions thoroughly, sensitively, and knowledgeably. At InVia, we have a personal concierge service to make sure that happens.
Often the male couples we work with are unsure of where to start. The six most common questions we hear in the beginning often include:
Should we transfer one embryo or multiple embryos?
All of the above questions and more can be discussed with your fertility physician—if this doctor doesn't have the answers, he or she can guide you to the best sources of information to help you answer them.
You can get a start on your research by reading my post on same-sex parenting, which lays out the biggest choices facing same-sex male couples and gives some of the most common paths these couples take.
At InVia, some of the resources we provide to help couples do their initial research include an in-house egg donor database of medically screened, egg donors to choose from. Not many clinics in the U.S. offer an in-house egg donation program; instead, they work with outside agencies. We are proud to provide an ethically and medically sound service to the intended parents we work with. If you don't find your perfect donor in our exclusive database, you can look at donors from other agencies.
We can also put couples in contact with reputable gestational carrier (surrogacy) agencies that match them with the perfect surrogate for them. We also have long-standing relationships with many of the Chicago area reproductive lawyers who can help couples with their contractual needs.
Vicki Meagher has worked with InVia Fertility Specialists since 2006. She is our Third Party Coordinator, so she works with our patients that need an egg donor, sperm donor, gestational surrogate, or any combination of the above. She recruits and screens the egg donors for our in-house donor program as well. She loves working with intended parents and is passionate about third party reproduction and the important role it plays in helping patients achieve their dream of starting or extending their family. She is a member of SEEDS - the Society for Ethics for Egg Donation and Surrogacy.