LGBTQIA+ Family Building

Every individual and couple seeking fertility options has unique needs.  Our goal is to provide patients with all available options and answer all questions to make sure that our patients can then make an informed decision.  We are excited to start this journey with you.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the main adult hospital affiliate for Washington University Physicians, is recognized as a top performer in LGBTQIA+ healthcare equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Fertility & Reproductive Medicine Center at Washington University provides advanced reproductive assistance in an environment that is supportive and comfortable for all individuals who want to build a family.

Options for women

Same sex female couples and/or single females have two fertilization options – intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization – and can choose to use sperm from an anonymous or a known donor. We have an extensive network of sperm banks that we work with and can refer you to a reputable sperm bank that fits your needs.

Furthermore, we are well versed in the FDA guidelines regulating tissue donation and we adhere to these rules.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
Also known as artificial insemination, this procedure places donor sperm directly into a woman’s uterus.

In vitro fertilization (IVF)
With this procedure, eggs are surgically retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and combined with sperm in our laboratory, where fertilization occurs. The best embryo(s) are selected and returned to the woman’s uterus via the cervix within days. This technique is used when medically necessary to achieve pregnancy, or in instances when a couple chooses to have one partner donate the egg and the other partner carry the pregnancy.

Options for men

Same sex male couples or single males can achieve pregnancy with the use of donor eggs, the sperm of one partner (or a combination of both partners) and a gestational carrier (surrogate).

Using in vitro fertilization, donor eggs are fertilized with the sperm, and the embryos are then transferred into a gestational surrogate to carry the pregnancy. Couples must have their own gestational carrier identified as we do not provide gestational carrier volunteers.

Fertility preservation for transgender patients

Both transgender women and transgender men have an opportunity to undergo fertility preservation prior to their transition. In addition, transgender individuals may be interested in their fertility options long after initiation of gender confirming hormone therapy. Etiher way, those interested in family building options for the future are encouraged to seek consultation with one of our providers to discuss options.

Call us today and schedule a consultation! 314-286-2497