LGBTQ2S+ Family Planning Services
Understanding the Donor Sperm Process
In certain situations, donor sperm from a third party is necessary to help you expand your family. Most cases involve anonymous donor sperm, however in rare cases, and with appropriate legal counsel, known donors could be used.
You may consider using donor sperm if:
- You are a woman in a same-sex relationship.
- You are a single woman.
- You are a man who produces little or no sperm, has a history of genetic disease, or has other issues pertaining to sperm production.
Understanding the Egg Donation Process
Egg donation may be suitable for:
- Male couple parents-to-be
- Single male parent-to-be
- Female parent-to-be (who can not use her own eggs due to health reasons)
Understanding Your Surrogacy Options
A surrogate is a woman who agrees to carry a baby through pregnancy for someone else, whether that be an individual or a couple. With gestational surrogacy, the sperm of the future father (or sperm donor) is combined with the egg of the future mother (or egg donor) in an IVF laboratory. The embryo that results is then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. The surrogate then carries the pregnancy to full term. Although she plays an invaluable role in creating this family, there is no biological link between the baby and the surrogate. As the soon-to-be parents of this baby, you provide essential support to the surrogate during the pregnancy. At birth, you then become the legal parents of your baby.
A less common option is traditional surrogacy. In this situation, the surrogate is also the egg donor, which biologically links her to the baby, but she relinquishes any parental rights at birth.
Through our third-party reproductive partners, we work with same-sex couples to find their ideal gestational surrogate.
A gestational surrogate may be suitable for:
- Single men who want a family
- Same-sex couples who want to grow their family
- Women with contraindications for pregnancy
- Women who have had a hysterectomy
- Women who have had radiation near the pelvis or uterus due to cancer
Family Planning with the Ontario Fertility Network
“When my wife and I decided that we wanted to expand our family, finding a fertility clinic was not something that we took lightly. It meant hours of research and phone calls. When we finally found Lakeridge Fertility we knew that this was the place we wanted to start our fertility journey. The referral process was quick, the environment was welcoming and their bedside manner is exceptional.
Being a same sex couple, we were looking for a clinic that would feel inclusive and Lakeridge Fertility not only did that, they made us feel like family. The relationships my wife and I have created since becoming patient’s there are some that we won’t soon forget. We are now 28 weeks pregnant and we can’t thank everyone enough. You have made our dreams come true.”
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