Deciding to take the first steps on the path to parenthood is an exciting
time for same-sex partners. At Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine
(ACRM) we are sensitive to the unique needs of our lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender (LGBT) patients and to the special needs they may have
in family building.
In accord with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the American
College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we at ACRM believe there is an ethical
obligation to treat all persons equally no matter their marital status
or sexual orientation. Currently in the United States there are an estimated
6 to 14 million kids being raised by at least one gay or lesbian parent.
All data supports normal development and social adjustment in these children.
Thus, we firmly believe that access to reproductive technologies should
be available to all who require it.
Our LGBT patients have unique treatment needs that we are experienced in
addressing. Various options for building a family exist and range from
the use of donor sperm to donor eggs to a gestational carrier. All are
available at ACRM.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), is when sperm, from you or your selected
donor, are placed directly into a woman’s uterus when she is most
fertile. This is an often used method for conception in same-sex female
couples. We work closely with national sperm banks and can guide you on
the choice of donor sperm.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the fertilization of an egg by a sperm
outside the body. Once fertilization has occurred and normal embryo development
is confirmed, a selected number of embryos are transferred to the uterus.
The remaining development of the embryo(s) occurs naturally within the
carrier. This is an option that may be used by same-sex male couples who
would then couple the IVF process with use of a gestational carrier (see below).
Donor Egg Program
At ACRM, the Donor Egg Program staff is dedicated to working with patients
whose family building requires the use of an egg donor. This includes
same-sex male couples or single males. Our dedicated staff can assist
you in finding an egg donor match through ACRM's rigorously screened
donor pool or via a national donor egg agency.
Use of Gestational Carriers
A gestational carrier is a woman that will carry and deliver a child for
another couple or person. This is an option enjoyed by many same-sex male
partners or single males.
When a gestational carrier is used, eggs and sperm are combined via IVF
to make embryos. Those embryos are then transferred into the gestational
carrier’s uterus. The carrier has no genetic or legal tie to the
ACRM is partnered with several nationally recognized agencies and can be
a prime resource in helping you find your gestational carrier. We also
provide any medical procedures associated with gestational carrier usage.
At any point along your journey to parenthood, you may decide that adoption
is the best choice for you or for you and your partner. ACRM works closely
with many adoption agencies, and can be a resource in guiding you to the
right resources to help you build your family.
When third party reproduction (donor sperm, donor egg, or gestational carrier)
is used, there are important legal issues that should be considered and
addressed, including establishing legal parentage. ACRM can refer to you
several law firms that specialize in third party reproductive law and
that have attorneys who have years of experience in this very special
area of legal practice.
At ACRM, we are a team of professionals dedicated to caring for all patients,
regardless of marital status or sexual orientation. Since the founding
of our practice, we have held a strong ethical belief that all patients
deserve our thoughtful, cost–effective, and honest medical care.
We are a strong supporter of the LGBT community and are committed to helping
our patients from that community build their families.
Since 2010 ACRM has been a proud sponsor of the Atlanta Pride Festival.
Stop by to see us next weekend (10/14 – 10/15) in Piedmont Park,