The Fertility Center of Charleston Supports Growing Families for Gay and Lesbian Couples

We know that families come in many forms and The Fertility Center of Charleston (FCOC) is the clinic of choice for families of all kinds across the Southeast. Several opportunities exist at FCOC to help single patients as well as lesbian and gay couples to grow the families of their dreams.

Single women and lesbian couples may consider the use of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) for family growth. For gay couples, a gestational carrier (i.e. a woman who gives birth to a baby for another individual or couple) and an egg donor are necessary.

Dr. Stephanie Singleton and her team of fertility specialists will assist you in every step of the family building journey, from financial planning and support groups to your positive pregnancy test. Many of our same sex couples have agreed to speak to interested LGBT men and women about their experience. Let us know, and we will provide you referrals to contact as desired. You may also view testimonials (link to testimonials) on our website and Facebook page.

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Jen Wilde and Kara Muller

Learning as much as possible about the different options is the first step toward starting a family. Talk to your doctor to see what options may be right for you. At The Fertility Center of Charleston, we are dedicated to helping you experience the joy of parenthood.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with Donor Sperm
Lesbian couples or single females with viable eggs can get pregnant with donor sperm from a sperm bank or known donor.

In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In-vitro fertilization means that the combination of sperm and egg happens in the embryology lab (outside of the body). Embryos or an embryo are then transferred into the uterus for a continuing pregnancy.

Reciprocal IVF appeals to lesbian couples that wish to share in the miracle of pregnancy. One female partner donates her eggs. Our embryologist fertilizes the egg(s) in our advanced laboratory with donor sperm. The embryo(s) that are created are then transferred into the uterus of the other female partner. This unique method allows both lesbian partners to actively be a part of the creation of their pregnancy.

IVF with donor eggs gives women with ovulatory dysfunction, premature menopause or advanced maternal age the chance to have a biological child.

IVF with donor sperm completes the circle of life for lesbian couples, or gay men with male infertility to overcome.

Gestational Carriers
Gestational carriers can be used to help gay couples by carrying a pregnancy created from donor eggs to term.