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Find out what your options are here in south Florida when it comes to family planning!
There is nothing more important than family. If you and your partner have decided that you want to have children you may be wondering what your options are, particularly if you are a same-sex couple. Here in South Florida, our reproductive specialists, Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Harold Rodriguez, have helped many members of the LGBTQ community determine the best fertility option to help them create the family they’ve always wanted—read on to learn more!
If you are a female same-sex couple
Perhaps you and your partner have already decided who will carry the baby or perhaps you’re still in the very beginning stages of determining your fertility options. Either way, our fertility doctors in South Florida offer a variety of options that make getting pregnant possible. Here are some options to consider,
- Intrauterine insemination: Also referred to as artificial insemination, IUI is usually the simplest and least expensive fertility method for same-sex female couples because no medication is required. Of course, testing is still necessary before beginning treatment. During IUI, sperm is placed into the uterus during ovulation to fertilize the egg.
- In-vitro fertilization: IVF boasts the highest success rate per month, which is what makes it a popular option for couples wishing to get pregnant. The one drawback is that it is more expensive than IUI. During IVF, medication is taken to increase your egg supply. During ovulation, the eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized in a lab. Once the eggs are fertilized, they are placed back into the uterus.
You may choose your sperm donor or they may remain anonymous. Of course, our Weston, FL, doctors will talk with you to determine the right choice for you and your partner.
If you are a male same-sex couple
There are two main options for male couples who want to start a family: gestational and surrogate carrier.
- Gestational carrier: This is when the couple chooses one woman who will provide the egg as well as carry the child.
- Surrogate carrier: This is when a couple chooses a woman to provide the egg donation (it may be a woman that the couple knows or it may be an anonymous donor) for another woman who will carry the baby.
We will discuss all the different options, as well as the pros and cons of each. We will also determine which partner’s sperm we will use (or whether we will use both) to fertilize the egg. Before the sperm is used, screenings will need to be performed to analyze the health of the sperm as well as the partner’s overall health so we can determine the best chance for treatment success.
Interested? Give us a call!
Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is located in Weston, FL, but is proud to serve patients throughout South Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa. If you want to learn more about the reproductive services that we offer, call our office today at (954) 217-3456!
Infertility struggles affect at least 1.5 million women in the U.S. alone, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Struggling with infertility can be a devastating experience, but there are treatments that can help. Infertility help is available at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, FL and serving patients from South Florida, including the Jacksonville and Tampa areas. Physician Dr. Minna Selub can develop a treatment plan for overcoming infertility and helping you to conceive.
Causes of Infertility
The CDC describes infertility as the inability to conceive naturally after attempting to do so by having unprotected sex for a period of one year or more. A woman’s fertility can be affected by many different factors or conditions, such as aging. In addition to getting older, other factors or conditions that can diminish fertility or lead to infertility include:
- Family history of infertility
- History of multiple miscarriages
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments
The ability to conceive can be hampered even when there are no issues with a woman’s fertility. Certain factors and conditions affecting men can also impact fertility, such as having a low sperm count. Other male issues that can affect fertility include having a family history of either prostate or testicular cancer and having undergone chemotherapy or other cancer treatments.
Many options are available for treating infertility and helping couples conceive. Your South Florida physician for infertility can help determine which treatment approach would be best based on individual factors and your particular situation. Some of the options available for treating infertility include:
- Determining when ovulation occurs for timed intercourse
- Artificially inseminating healthy sperm during ovulation
- Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs or estrogen receptor modulators
- Correcting endometriosis or blocked fallopian tubes through surgery
- Using in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted reproductive technology
If you are struggling with infertility, Dr. Selub at the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies can help. Dr. Selub proudly serves patients from South Florida, Orlando and throughout the state. For help with infertility, schedule an appointment by calling (954) 217-3456.
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