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Egg Donation Services for LGBT Couples

Egg donation is a key part of third-party reproduction for many LGBT couples looking to start or grow their families. Often used in coordination with gestational surrogacy, egg donation is needed specifically for same-sex male couples or individuals.

Why is egg donation so important for LGBT families?
In cases of same-sex female couples, there likely isn’t a need for an egg donor. Because there are two female partners, there are two individuals available to provide the eggs needed to produce a child. Obviously, in cases of same-sex male partners, this is not an option, so an egg donor is needed, along with a surrogate mother.

Egg donation and gestational surrogacy
In modern surrogacy arrangements, the surrogate does not share a biological connection with the baby she carries. So donated eggs are used with sperm from one or both same-sex male partners to create an embryo that is then implanted into the surrogate’s uterus. Just as with their gestational surrogate, gay couples choose their egg donor either by reviewing profiles via an agency’s database or by selecting a family member or close friend to donate.

How do we/I find an egg donor?
Third-party reproduction can seem overwhelming at first, as there are a number of decisions that need to be made, including what to look for in an egg donor. The first steps toward finding an egg donor are deciding whether you will use an agency to assist, and then choosing from profiles within that agency’s database. Then you will need to decide what type of donor you’re looking for. Is it someone who physically resembles you and/or your partner? Or someone whose education and career qualifications mirror your own? Maybe your ideal donor shares your hobbies or interests. The decision is entirely up to you, and the agency’s Case Managers can assist you with narrowing down options and making a match.

Is the process of egg donor matching different for LGBT needs?
No, the process of being matched with an egg donor is the same for LGBT couples as it is for heterosexual couples. Egg donation via an agency is typically anonymous, though some donors may decide that they do not wish to be anonymous. Intended parents should discuss the type of relationship, if any, they desire with their egg donor in the future, and discuss these wishes with their Case Manager.

Are you ready to find your egg donor? Contact Egg Donor America today to learn more, or register for our database to begin your search today.

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