Fertility treatments for transwomen can help you welcome a baby
One of the ways that Fertility Specialists of Texas supports the LGBT community is by offering comprehensive transgender fertility care, including fertility treatments for transwomen. Our LGBT fertility center realizes that there are a lot of options out there, which can be overwhelming at first. You don’t have to navigate your journey to parenthood alone though. We can help you find the best option for your situation and then help you bring home a healthy baby.
Fertility preservation is one form of transgender fertility care
If you haven’t begun hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or you’re only just getting started, you may want to consider freezing sperm. Research suggests that prolonged exposure to estrogen can damage the testicles.
In some cases, testicular function can naturally return after pausing HRT. In other cases, medications like Clomid or hCG injections can stimulate sperm production. However, other transwomen may not see their fertility return even after pursuing these treatments. This is why we recommend fertility preservation when discussing fertility treatments for transwomen.
The process of freezing sperm is typically quite simple. If the patient can ejaculate, we ask that they provide a semen sample through masturbation. In cases where this isn’t an option, surgical sperm retrieval is available.
Once our LGBT fertility center has one or more semen samples, our andrologists will test the semen and sperm in the lab before freezing them and placing them into long-term storage. The sperm can remain there until the patient is ready to use it.
We also offer other fertility treatments for transwomen
During your first visit with us, your doctor will review your medical history and ask about your family-building goals. They will also likely order some fertility testing. Your doctor will then use this information to recommend a personalized care plan.
- If you have a cisgender female partner with no fertility issues, intrauterine insemination (IUI) can be a great option.
- You can pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF) if IUI isn’t a good option for your partner.
- If you don’t have a partner, you can conceive with help from IVF with donor eggs and gestational surrogacy.
With all these fertility treatments for transwomen, you have the option to use your own sperm if available or donor sperm. If you decide to move forward with donor sperm, we can help you find a reputable sperm bank where you can find the perfect donor for your family.
If you’d like to get started on your path to parenthood, contact our LGBT fertility center. We can’t wait to help you learn more about transgender fertility care.