Duke Fertility Center supports everyone who wishes to build their family. We have a comprehensive program with open access to our cutting-edge fertility treatment methods to help gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer couples have the family of your dreams.
To begin the process, you will have an initial consultation with your fertility specialist to discuss options for your personalized care.
Some LGBTQ+ family planning requires third-party reproductive services in the form of egg donors, sperm donors or gestational carriers (surrogates). Our team of fertility specialists will help guide you through the process, answer your questions and support your goals along the way.
Gay Fertility Options - Male Same-Sex Family Building
The path to family building for same-sex male couples involves a gestational carrier, also known as a surrogate, and an egg donor. Sperm is used from either of the partners or a donor. The partner that is providing the sperm will undergo routine fertility testing. The sperm is then used to fertilize donor eggs in the lab and placed in the gestational carrier’s uterus.
To begin your journey, you will meet with a fertility specialist and discuss your plans. Once necessary evaluations and testing are completed you can begin your journey to parenthood.
Lesbian Fertility Options - Female Same-Sex Family Building
Family planning for lesbian couples includes intrauterine insemination (IUI) also known as artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF). An important part of the process is to identify an anonymous donor. However you choose to grow your family, Duke Fertility Center is here to support you in your journey to becoming parents.
The process begins with a consultation with a Duke Fertility Center fertility specialist to discuss your options and initiate any necessary fertility testing.
A personalized plan will then be developed for you and your partner so that you can begin your journey to parenthood.
Transgender Family Building
Transgender people have an opportunity to build a family through the Duke Fertility Center, and we are here to support you. It’s important to understand your reproductive potential and plan ahead if you are in the process of transitioning or planning to in the future.
For trans women (male to female) sperm cryopreservation may be performed to preserve fertility. Trans women may undergo intrauterine insemination of the partner intending to carry the pregnancy. In vitro fertilization may also be recommended using partner or donor eggs or sperm and/or the partner’s uterus or gestational carrier.
For trans men (female to male), fertility preservation options include oocyte and/or embryo freezing using partner or donor sperm. Trans men may undergo intrauterine insemination using partner or donor sperm or may require IVF using his own, partner or donor eggs. Embryos may be transferred into his own uterus, his partner’s uterus or into a gestational surrogate.
To begin the process of building your family, you will meet with a fertility specialist to develop a personalized plan to begin your journey to parenthood. Transgender persons will usually have to temporarily discontinue exogenous hormones while attempting reproduction.