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Podcast: LGBTQ Family Planning & Fertility Preservation

On the Time to Talk Fertility Podcast by Fertility Centers of Illinois, we explore the family planning and treatment process for LGBTQ couples and individuals as well as fertility preservation options.

Treatment options will look very different for lesbian, gay, or transgender couples. To have a baby, we always need sperm, an egg, and a uterus to carry the baby. How we approach gathering those components can involve one or multiple third-party reproductive options. The path that each couple chooses will depend largely on personal choices and preferences.

Join us as Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, a reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Centers of Illinois discusses important information to help LGBTQ couples and individuals pursue or plan their path to parenthood.

The Time to Talk Fertility: LGBTQ Family Planning & Fertility Preservation episode covers helpful questions such as:

  • What can LGBTQ couples and individuals expect at a first appointment?
  • What treatment options are available for lesbian couples?
  • What treatment options are available for gay couples?
  • Can a friend or family member be a sperm or egg donor? 
  • What testing is done with a known donor?
  • What legal components are involved with a known donor?
  • Can a friend be a gestational carrier?
  • How does a couple find a gestational carrier?
  • How are gestational carrier candidates evaluated?
  • What legal components are involved with a gestational carrier?
  • What is partner assisted reproduction?
  • What is reciprocal IVF?
  • What is a Fertility Awareness Checkup and what is included?
  • How can those transitioning preserve their fertility?

The Time to Talk Fertility Podcast releases new episodes monthly and is available on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Tune In, Google Play, and Spotify.

Additional Resources:

Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron Bio

Fertility Centers of Illinois: LGBTQ Family Building

Fertility Centers of Illinois: LGBTQ Family Counseling

Two Moms, Two Babies: One Family - Kira and Dana share their success story 

Becoming a Single Father Through Surrogacy - Bill shares his unique experiences

Family Equality Council

Men Having Babies

Gay Parent Magazine