Gay men have unique needs and opportunities when seeking parenthood. At Santa Monica Fertility, we are distinctively qualified to serve the gay community given our comprehensive gay surrogacy and egg donation program. We integrate world-class medical care with in-house egg donor and surrogacy agencies. Our patient-sensitive approach allows for highly efficient and confidential cycle coordination and greatly improves the likelihood of a successful surrogate pregnancy for gay men.
Fertility Options for Gay Men
Same-sex family building options for gay men include a variety of options that can be seamlessly managed by our team inhouse. With donated eggs, sperm from one or both partners, and a surrogate (the woman who carries the pregnancy), we help patients achieve the dream of parenthood.
Santa Monica Fertility Egg Donor Agency
At Santa Monica Fertility, we offer a comprehensive egg donation program, with our own in-house egg donor agency and frozen donor egg bank. Unlike many outside agencies, egg donors at Santa Monica Fertility are pre-screened and ready for their egg donation cycle, which allows immediate matching and timely completion of cycles. Having egg donors medically cleared to donate their eggs also helps avoid disappointment in a situation when a chosen donor fails medical clearance and cannot donate. Many of our egg donors are proven, having undergone prior successful egg donations at Santa Monica Fertility. You can view full egg donor profiles in our online egg donor database at your convenience. We also have unique egg donation programs such as shared egg donation and frozen donor eggs, both offering economically sensitive options while maintaining the availability of the most desirable egg donors.
Santa Monica Fertility Surrogacy Agency – Premium Surrogacy
At Santa Monica Fertility, we also have our own surrogacy agency that supports gay men. Premium Surrogacy houses a nationwide pool of readily available surrogates. With most outside surrogacy agencies, the process of matching a surrogate with intended parent(s) is a first step in their surrogacy journey. Once matched, the surrogate must still undergo extensive medical and psychological screening and may fail to qualify as a surrogate. This will require the intended parents to start the whole process over.
In contrast, at Premium Surrogacy, we pre-screen all of our surrogacy candidates making sure they are cleared by a Fertility Specialist, a High-Risk Obstetrician and a Psychologist. In addition, a qualified Medical Social Worker conducts a home review to ensure that the living environment of the surrogate is safe and supportive of a pregnancy. Many of our surrogates have completed prior surrogacy journeys and hope to help another couple or individual realize their dream of parenthood again. Throughout this journey our teams at Santa Monica Fertility and Premium Surrogacy stay closely engaged with both surrogate and intended parents to help provide a smooth transition from fertility care to obstetric and postpartum care. This integrated approach has been welcome by many of our gay surrogacy clients who prefer the personal relationship of working with one team rather than a multitude of agencies, doctors and attorneys.
Directed Donor Screening of Father(s)
Since the embryo will ultimately be transferred to a surrogate, the FDA requires that sperm providers be screened for infectious diseases within 7 days of giving sperm. This includes a questionnaire, a physical examination and blood tests for STIs such as Hepatitis, HIV and Syphilis among others. At Santa Monica Fertility, we make the directed donor screening process quick and easy by performing all tests at one visit. Sperm frozen within 7 days of performing these tests becomes “qualified” and can be used at any time in the future.
Fertility Services for Men With HIV
At Santa Monica Fertility, we are committed to improving the reproductive care of men with HIV. In collaboration with Dr. Panagiotis Vagenas, we continue to investigate the effects of HIV on sperm in hopes of assuring good outcomes and healthy children.
With a state of the art fertility clinic and lab, an inhouse egg donor program and surrogacy agency for gay men, our team at Santa Monica Fertility has the expertise to make your family building journey as seamless as possible. If you are ready to start your journey to parenthood, or just have questions and want to speak to someone who can help, contact us or call us at (310) 566 1470.