Infertile couples are not the only people who make use of assisted reproductive technologies to build their families. Single straight adults, gay men, and lesbians also access many of the resources used by folks who have a hard time conceiving. This article focuses on the issues and resources available to gay and lesbian parent wannabe's...
Due to the innate biology of the situation and to societal pressures, the decision by a gay man or lesbian to become a parent may be weighed more heavily than by many straight people. As many infertile heterosexuals who have gone on to parent can attest, the extra time and thought that goes into this project might be viewed as highly valuable.
Gay/lesbian individuals and couples must face a number of psychosocial odds that may not be in their favor, most notably those presented by the society in which they live and their own, closer circle of family and friends, all of which are crucial to one's ability to parent. Once these odds have been addressed, the questions related to the biology of baby-making will probably seem slighter in comparison.
Men and women of average fertility who also happen to be gay/lesbian actually have a wider range of choices when it comes to baby-making than an infertile couple.
First, seeing a fertility specialist and paying for assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are not necessarily the only modes of reproducing -- it is possible that artificial insemination (AI) can be conducted in the privacy of one's own home with minimal outside participation. If this route is the most appealing to you and yours, caution is urged and knowledge-gathering is crucial to not only successful conception but to avoid any negative health issues.
For those who may not be up to the rigorous clinical standards recommended for healthy home-insemination, ART includes resources for both male and female fertility issues, with both known and anonymous donor of sperm and eggs available. It is even possible in this day and age to extract viable sperm from men who have low to zero sperm count in their ejaculate. As changes happen constantly in the field of reproductive science, staying up-to-date on available techniques is part of being an informed medical consumer.
© Tracy Morris