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By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
April 23, 2020
Category: Women's Health
Tags: Fertility   Fertility Issues  

If you have dreams of being a parent, it can be heartbreaking when starting a family proves more difficult than expected. Infertility affects many women, but that doesn't mean it is easy to cope with, especially when those around you are welcoming newborns and raising little ones.

At the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, our physicians understand the emotional toll of infertility, and we are here to help you through it. At our South Florida clinic, we will work with you to find ways to increase your chance of conception.

How do I know if I have infertility?

If you have been having regular intercourse without the use of a contraceptive for a year or more, this can be indicative of infertility. If you have been able to become pregnant but not carry to term, that can also indicate infertility.

What causes infertility?

Infertility in females is more common among those who are over the age of 35, have a medical condition such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, or are underweight or obese. Substance usage, such as smoking or drug use, are also contributing factors.

Male infertility can be caused by a low sperm count, drug/alcohol use, obesity, sexually transmitted disease or sperm damage. Treatments or surgeries for other medical issues can also affect fertility.

Make sure to tell your physician at our South Florida office if either you or your partner is affected by any of the above.

What can I do about my infertility?

The first step will be some analysis by your physician at our South Florida office. This will likely include asking questions about your health and lifestyle, as well as running tests, such as ovulation tests and an ultrasound for the female, and a sperm analysis for the male.

From there, recommendations may include adjusting intercourse habits to increase chances of conception, taking a prescription medication, or undergoing medical procedures. If you have endometriosis or blocked Fallopian tubes, this could entail having corrective surgery. Other options include in vitro fertilization, in which the egg and sperm are obtained from both partners and fertilization is done in a lab.

There is no need to struggle in silence if you are suffering from infertility issues. Make an appointment with your physician at our South Florida office by calling 954-217-3456.

By Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies
February 18, 2020
Category: Pregnancy
Tags: LGBTQ   Fertility  

Dr. Minna Selub and Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, your physicians here at Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies (FIRST) in South Florida provide LGBT-friendly surrogacy and reproductive services to couples and singles throughout the Weston, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa areas. If you’re looking for a friendly, caring, and understanding team of professionals to guide you on your reproductive journey, we are here to help.

Surrogacy Services in South Florida

Gestational surrogacy is a form of assisted reproduction in which gay and lesbian couples work with a surrogate who will carry their baby or babies for them. Gay men also have the option of choosing an egg donor, whether anonymously or through a friend or loved one.

While sperm from only one man is needed to fertilize the egg, you may also discuss the possibility of using your sperm to fertilize half of the eggs and your partner’s sperm to fertilize the other half. This is something that we can discuss with you during a consultation at our South Florida office.

Assisted Reproduction for Lesbian Couples

Our office offers lesbian couples several options for starting a family. Along with surrogacy, other options include,

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): this is where the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. The sperm donor maybe someone the couple or person knows or it might be an anonymous donor.
  • In-vitro fertilization (IVF): hormones are administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce several eggs. These eggs are then retrieved once they are released and then fertilized with sperm to create embryos. Once the eggs have been fertilized, they will be inseminated into the uterus.

More and more lesbian couples are opting for Co-IVF because it allows them to both take part in this journey into parenthood. With Co-IVF, the eggs are taken from one partner, fertilized with a sperm donor and then inseminated into the other partner, who will then carry the baby or babies.

Along with these LGBT-friendly reproductive services, we also collect, freeze, and bank both sperm and eggs for individuals before undergoing sex reassignment.


Dr. Selub has been serving the LGBT community as a reproductive physician within south Florida since 1991, working with gay and lesbian couples and singles, as well as heterosexual couples and singles, to help them start a family through a wide range of reproductive and surrogacy services. Dr. Selub is a trailblazer in this industry, providing compassionate fertility care to the LGBT community before anyone in Florida was. Everyone is welcome at FIRST.

With an office in Weston, FL, Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies is able to provide patients from South Florida, including Jacksonville and Tampa, with reproductive options in a safe environment with knowledgeable and welcoming physicians. If you have questions about our LGBT-friendly surrogacy and reproductive services, call our office today at (954) 217-3456.

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