LGBTQ Family Building
LGBT IVF Leader in Healthcare Equality
The only Human Rights Campaign Certified Fertility Provider in the State.
Everyone deserves for their lives to be transformed by achieving their dream of a baby.
At RMA of Texas we have many family building options for the LGBT IVF community including egg donor options through our TLC Egg Donor program and surrogacy. RMA of Texas is proud to have been awarded recognition as a “Leader in Equality” by the HRC and are one of only 2 fertility clinics in the US to have earned that recognition. We offer compassionate individualized care for everyone in Austin and San Antonio.
OUR LGBT FERTILITY SERVICES
Egg donation is a process in which the eggs of a young, healthy woman (donor) are combined with sperm in the laboratory via in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The resulting embryos are transferred to the uterus of the recipient. Egg donation is a viable option
for women who may be at risk of passing on a genetic condition or who face ovary function or egg production issues.
Our team of experienced doctors, nurses and counselors can help women and couples explore this option, and determine whether egg donation is the right approach for you.
Initial consultations for potential egg recipients involve:
- Reviewing your medical history
- Comprehensive review of the egg donation and recipient process
- Complete physical examination
- Extensive evaluation of your financial considerations and options
The RMA of Texas complementary care staff can answer any and all questions you may have at any time during the process
RMA of Texas requires psychological counseling prior to pursuit of either donor sperm or donor oocyte (egg) therapy, so individuals and couples can fully explore and understand the psychological issues surrounding these treatment choices.
Your physician and nurse will provide a list of reputable sperm banks. Prospective sperm donors are thoroughly screened prior to acceptance by a sperm bank. Donated specimens are then cryopreserved (frozen) and quarantined for 6 months prior to release for use by the public.
Patients may also recruit their own sperm donors. Federal law requires that any designated donor be screened by a licensed sperm bank prior to donation to demonstrate that the designated donor is free of any disqualifying infectious disease.
Once a donor is selected, individual vials of cryopreserved donor sperm will be purchased and sent to RMA of Texas for storage.
Due to the diminished life expectancy of thawed sperm, two consecutive inseminations are typically done per cycle – the first just prior to the patient’s ovulation and the next 24 hours later, shortly following ovulation.
A gestational carrier is a woman who carries a pregnancy for someone else. It is important to note that the carrier does not provide any genetic contribution to the pregnancy. The RMA of Texas team works carefully to coordinate all care provided during a gestational carrier cycle. All patients have access to our Complementary Alternative Medicine team of mental health professionals and counselors who specialize in supporting individuals and couples in fertility treatment.
Who is eligible?
A physician must first determine that this treatment is appropriate. Our team approach helps to ensure that every stage of this process is coordinated with the highest levels of medical expertise and patient support every step of the way.
Maria Duran – LGBTQ Patient Navigator
Email: [email protected] Ext: 502
Maria is responsible for co-ordinating care for our LGBTQ patients across our clinical network. She specializes in transgender and 3rd party reproductive services with of RMA of Texas.