LGBT Family Building

LGBT Family Building Helps Couples Create Families

LGBT family building begins with a consultation with our partner physicians or the couple’s own fertility specialist.

The highly trained fertility team of scientists and embryologists at Ovation, along with our associated partner physicians, has the expertise to help members of the LGBT community create their families and plan their futures, using a variety of assisted reproductive technology (ART) options.

From our partner physicians and staff to embryologists and scientists in the lab, every one of us at Ovation is committed to providing compassionate care and counseling during the couple’s journey to parenthood. We will be there every step of the way, from the evaluation phase, during which we help identify the best options for you, to the treatment and conception phase.

Fertility Options for Lesbians

As part of the LGBT community, lesbian women, whether single or part of a couple, have several fertility options. Some women may want to receive IUI (intrauterine insemination) to fertilize their eggs more naturally. Other women may find IVF (in vitro fertilization) is their best option, if certain specific infertility issues are discovered during their evaluation.

Some lesbian couples who come to Ovation Fertility for LGBT family-building consultation choose reciprocal IVF. This option means one partner donates her eggs, those eggs are fertilized with sperm from a known or anonymous donor, and then the embryo is inserted into the second partner’s uterus, enabling her to carry the pregnancy. This process allows both women to play an integral role in the establishment of pregnancy.

Choices for Gay Men

Single gay men and gay couples typically need to use donor eggs obtained from IVF, and a gestational carrier to build their families. First, sperm from one or both of the men is combined with donor eggs, which can come from a friend, family member or a known or anonymous egg donor. An embryo is then transferred into the uterus of a gestational carrier, or surrogate mother, who will then carry the pregnancy to delivery.

In some states, gay men may also choose one of the less-complicated LGBT family-building methods – IUI, or artificial insemination. This is an option if the woman who will carry their baby is also going to be their egg donor. When she is ready to ovulate, sperm obtained from the intended parents is placed into her uterus.  Unlike in vitro fertilization, the egg is fertilized in the woman’s body, eliminating the need for a more costly IVF procedure.

Knowledgeable, Professional Ovation Team Dedicated to Process

Our staff understands that couples may have many questions regarding the process of LBGT family building. They can count on us to provide empathetic assistance every step of the way. Contact us to start your journey.

Fertility Treatments for Women

  • Ovarian Stimulation
  • Clomid for Ovarian Stimulation
  • Injectable Fertility Medications
  • Donor Sperm IUI
  • In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Causes of IVF Failure
  • Natural Cycle IVF
  • Frozen Embryo Transfer
  • Elective Single Embryo Transfer
  • Donor Eggs
  • Gestational Carriers and Surrogates
  • Elective Egg Freezing
  • Treatment for Luteal Phase Defect
  • Recurrent Miscarriage Treatment
  • Treating Blocked Fallopian Tubes
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Surgical Treatments for Infertility
  • Companion Treatments
  • Acupuncture and Fertility Stress

Fertility Treatments for Men

  • Treatment for Low Sperm Counts
  • Clomid for Men
  • Varicocele Repair
  • IUI for Male Infertility
  • IVF for Male Infertility
  • Sperm Extraction Options

LGBT Family Building

  • Gay Surrogacy
  • Egg Donation for Gay Couples
  • IVF for Gay Couples
  • IUI with Donor Sperm for Lesbian
  • IVF for Lesbian Couples
  • Reciprocal IVF
  • PGD/PGS for Lesbians
  • Egg Donation IVF for Lesbians


  • Fertility Preservation for Women
  • Fertility Preservation for Men

What is IVF? - Dr. Bruce Shapiro of Fertility Centers of Las Vegas