The family has many faces and the word that best defines it today is diversity. If assisted reproduction has taught us anything, it is that motherhood and fatherhood can be enjoyed in many ways, which is why we want to talk to you about family diversity and assisted reproduction treatments that exist for same-sex couples.
In recent years we have seen great changes in our society, from egalitarian marriage in some states of Mexico to public and private initiatives in favor of sexual diversity. These advances allow single women and same-sex couples to access maternity and paternity equally.
More and more members of the LGBT community are seeking assisted reproduction options to form a family. In this regard, we should mention that same-sex couples require donor eggs or sperm for the development of the embryo. At Citmer, we established the Donating Dreams program that allows us to offer treatments with egg and sperm donation.
For female couples, an assisted reproduction program includes a medical consultation, where a specialist reviews the clinical history of both members and discusses with them two treatment options:
In both cases, the couple will decide who will provide the oocytes, who will live the pregnancy and whether they will go to the sperm bank to conceive. As we have mentioned in our blog, the results will depend on the age of the patient, which in this case is the age of the woman who provides the oocytes.
We also perform a fertility test to rule out any problems affecting the patient’s pregnancy. This includes:
In male couples, an assisted reproduction program also includes a detailed medical history of both partners and a sperm count. In men, it is necessary to resort to surrogacy, an assisted reproduction technique that consists of transferring one or two embryos (fertilized by means of IVF with the semen of one or both members) to the uterus of a woman who accepts, altruistically and in agreement with the couple, to carry the pregnancy to term.
At Citmer we do not offer surrogacy treatment and we consider it important that couples consult the legal implications. However, we hope that inclusion will continue to be encouraged in order to form new family models.
We understand that the motivations for fatherhood and motherhood are the same for all types of couples, for this reason we offer counselling and cutting-edged treatment.