for LGBTQ+ Family Building
Welcome to the Center for LGBTQ+ Family Building at Pacific NW Fertility.PNWF has always supported our LGBTQ+ community. We’re proud to formalize our passion for inclusive family building options with this Center that provides comprehensive, highly successful options for all family building and fertility preservation needs.
Services & ProgramsOur LGBTQ+ patients may need eggs, sperm, a gestational surrogate, or a combination of these to pursue family building.
Patients with Eggs + UterusExamples: cisgender female couples, couples with a partner that will provide eggs and a partner that will carry the pregnancy, any individual with ovaries and a uterus desiring to be pregnant
Donor sperm inseminations or IUIPNWF does not have our own donor sperm bank but work with many options can help provide resources to FDA approved sperm banks for you to explore. Using sperm from a known donor (not an intended parent) requires testing and other requirements – please inquire about this option. We collaborate with Seattle Sperm Bank for known donor testing and sperm cryopreservation.
In vitro fertilization (IVF)With IVF, an egg is fertilized outside the body and a resulting embryo is transferred to the uterus for implantation. The eggs are removed from the body after about two weeks of hormonal medication and ultrasound monitoring, with a small procedure called an egg retrieval. IVF can be used by anyone with ovaries, and a partner’s or donor sperm can be used for fertilization. The embryo can be transferred into the uterus of the person providing eggs, or a partner’s uterus, or a gestational surrogate.
Shared maternity or Reciprocal IVFThis is an option for cis female couples or couples in which one partner wants to provide eggs and the other wants to carry the pregnancy.
Patients with Sperm OnlyExamples: cisgender male couples, couples in which one or both partners want to provide sperm without a source of eggs or uterus Donor egg IVF:
- This process begins with selecting an anonymous egg donor at PNWF or a known donor from a qualifying friend or family member.
- Eggs can be fertilized with one or both partner’s sperm, and embryos can be genetically tested prior to cryopreservation.
- Once you have selected an egg donor, your chosen gestational carrier, either through an agency or someone you know, will complete screening.
- When all complete, one of the cryopreserved embryos will be transferred into the gestational surrogate’s uterus.
Gestational surrogacyPNWF has helped build many families with surrogacy. Our patients have benefited from the change in Washington law in 2019 allowing intended parents to compensate gestational carriers that live in Washington State. Washington State residents no longer have to go out of state (at significant cost) to find gestational carriers. We work with several different agencies who can help our patients find the right fit for them.
Patients with Eggs onlyExamples: individuals or couples in which one or both partners want to provide eggs, but neither is able to or desires to carry a pregnancy IVF can be performed with one or both partner’s eggs using donor sperm, and resulting embryo would be transferred into a gestational surrogate
Patient with Uterus onlyExamples: individuals or couples in which one partner wants to carry a pregnancy, but are unable or don’t desire to provide eggs Donor egg IVF can be performed using donor sperm, and resulting embryo would be transferred into the uterus of the person desiring to be pregnant
Fertility PreservationPNWF is recognized as a world leader in fertility preservation. Patients may freeze eggs, sperm, or embryos for any reason including the setting of a cancer diagnosis, delayed family planning, or before hormonal transition in our transgender and gender non-binary patients. Please ask us about these options – we’re here to help.
If you are interested in learning more about Pacific NW Fertility’s LGBTQ+ Family Building Center, please join our PRIDE Webinar on June 28th at 5pm. We look forward to answering your questions and want to make this a positive experience for you.