Transgender Fertility Options

Transgender fertility options can help you achieve your dream of parenthood

As allies of the LGBTQ community, our Southern California fertility specialists know that these patients need specialized fertility treatment plans. Transgender fertility options and fertility preservation are important parts of this care. By offering the latest fertility treatments and compassionate support, our team helps transgender patients move one step closer to parenthood.

Patients who are starting to think about transitioning should consider transgender fertility preservation

Our Southern California fertility specialists believe that transgender fertility preservation is a great option for patients who haven’t yet undergone reassignment surgery or started taking hormones.

  • Because prolonged estrogen exposure can harm the testes, sperm freezing can be a great option for transwomen before beginning hormone therapy.
  • Although testosterone may not be as damaging to the ovaries, it may still be helpful for transmen to explore egg freezing or embryo freezing.

When you freeze your reproductive materials, you can use them to conceive in the future. If you don’t have a uterus, gestational surrogacy can also be a part of your family-building plan.

Keep in mind that you may still be able to pursue transgender fertility preservation after starting hormone therapy. However, the process will likely involve a few extra steps, including temporarily discontinuing hormone therapy.

Transgender fertility options can help you conceive and welcome a baby

Some transgender patients can achieve pregnancy on their own if they discontinue their hormone therapy for one to three months. However, transgender fertility options are often necessary to make pregnancy possible. Our Southern California fertility specialists offer a wealth of treatments to our patients.

  • Transwomen can take fertility medications like clomiphene citrate (Clomid) to encourage sperm production. These patients can take this medication in conjunction with treatments like artificial insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Donor sperm can also be helpful if fertility does not return.
  • Transmen may also need to take fertility medications to help the body to develop ovarian follicles and/or ovulate. Treatments like IUI and IVF can also be helpful for these patients. Additionally, donor eggs can help patients who cannot provide their own eggs. For transmen who cannot carry a pregnancy, they may consider using their partner’s uterus or a gestational surrogate.

Our Southern California fertility specialists will perform transgender fertility testing and work with you to design the best treatment plan for your unique needs and goals. Contact us to learn more about transgender fertility options and schedule an appointment.