Family Building Options for
Birth-Designated Males

Before Hormone Therapy and/or Sex-Reassignment Surgery

Baby Holding Hand 300x200If you were birth-designated male and are thinking about building a family before undergoing sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) and/or hormone therapy, we encourage you to consider fertility preservation options such as sperm or embryo freezing; you can freeze your sperm (for up to 10 years) and store it for later use. For further information please refer to our sperm freezing page.

The routes to parenthood are different for everyone and will vary depending on your current situation. That’s why we offer a tailored service to each of our transgender patients, based around their very specific needs. Call us to book an initial consultation, where we’ll take the time to better understand how we might be able to help you. In the meantime, you are welcome to visit our Possible Treatment Options page.



  • People wishing to have assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria must undergo a criminal records check and child protection order check. For further information please visit our page Legislative Requirements – Victoria.
  • When contemplating fertility treatment you should be aware of the possible risks, some of which are comparable to those of elective surgery. We encourage you to discuss these with your treating specialist.
  • All treatment procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs/sperm) and embryos are also stored.


Before going ahead with fertility treatment, please consider each state has different legislation in regard to assisted reproductive treatment, for example:

  • In Victoria, traditional surrogacy is not permitted.
  • In South Australia, surrogacy is permitted only for the commissioning parents who are legally married, or have lived as de facto husband and wife for a period of three years.
  • In South Australia, according to the state legislation, females (single women or lesbian couples) can only access Assisted Reproductive Technology services if they are deemed medically infertile by a specialist or if there appears to be a risk that a serious genetic defect, serious disease or serious illness would be transmitted to a child conceived naturally.

Therefore, we encourage you to refer to your own state legislation for more information and see one of our specialists to discuss your individual circumstances and explore your options.


Rainbow Fertility cannot provide specific information about sex-reassignment counselling, hormone treatment, or surgery. If you would like to talk to someone in more detail about your personal circumstances and the options available to you, we encourage you to make an appointment with your GP.


At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.

Call: 1300 222 623



Current as at 01.02.2016

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Rainbow Fertility has a responsibility to provide Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) based on relevant state or federal laws and guidelines. All individuals/couples are encouraged to obtain their own legal advice regarding the relevant legislation applying to their circumstances.