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LGBTQ+ Fertility Care

Guides to help you navigate fertility care, tailored for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Accessing Fertility Care as an LGBTQ+ Couple or Individual

It’s incredibly exciting if you have made the decision to grow your family, but it can be difficult to know where to start, especially if you are an LGBTQ+ couple or individual. Here’s our guide for how to access fertility care.

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Using Donor Sperm

For some people, sperm donation is the only way to have a baby. There are a few different routes you may take when using donor sperm. Here we’ll explore who may need donor sperm, how donors are approved and where to find donor sperm.

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If you’re thinking about starting a family using donor sperm it’s important to consider any legal implications that may arise. The law isn’t always easy to understand, so here’s our guide to help you with this complex issue.

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Using Donor Eggs

For some people, using donor eggs can be a necessary component in creating their family and there are a few different routes you can take – ranging from egg banks to known donors. Here you’ll find our comprehensive guide for anyone considering using donor eggs.

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Having Treatment with a Surrogate

A surrogate – or a gestational carrier – is a woman or birthing parent who carries and gives birth to a baby for another person. Here we’ll explore who might need the help of a surrogate and where to find a surrogate. 

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Fertility Preservation For Transgender People

If you are transgender and undergoing gender transition or about to, it can add another level of complexity when it comes to fertility treatments. How you should approach these depends on any hormonal or surgical changes you have had in the past or are planning on undergoing.

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Stopping Your Hormone Medication For Fertility Preservation

If you’re undergoing or planning to undergo gender transition, you may be prescribed hormone therapy. If you’re also thinking about preserving your fertility in order to have children in the future, you are likely to need to stop taking your hormone medication while undergoing fertility preservation treatments. Here we’ll explore why that may be necessary and provide you with a better understanding of how it could affect your mental health and how you can prepare yourself.

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We always advise you to consult with you doctor about any concerns or symptoms you may have. Fertility related conditions are complex and, whilst our articles are written to inform, everyone is different and it is important to speak with your doctor, who can offer more in-depth advice. You can find advice on fertility from the NHS here.