If you were birth-designated female and are thinking about building a family after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) and/or hormone therapy, you should consider the routes to parenthood available via Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
Options available to you depend on your circumstances.
There are many routes to parenthood currently available to transgender individuals.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using a surrogate will be necessary.
If you have frozen embryos before SRS and/or hormone therapy, you have the option of using those for a Frozen Embryo Transfer to a gestational surrogate.
If you have frozen eggs, you can thaw them and inseminate with either donor or male partner sperm before transferring to a surrogate.
Please note: embryos created must be quarantined for a period of six months before release for use. This ensures there is no risk of infection to the surrogate.
If you have frozen embryos ready for use, you can have them transferred to your partner to carry the pregnancy. If you have frozen eggs available, you can thaw and inseminate the eggs with either known or unknown (clinic-recruited) donor sperm to create embryos. Your partner can then have the embryo transferred to her to achieve pregnancy.
If your partner doesn’t want to or is unable to carry the pregnancy, a surrogate will be necessary.
If you don’t have frozen eggs or embryos in storage, we can discuss the possibilities of egg donor and surrogacy, or if you have a female partner, IVF treatment with donor sperm.
Before going ahead with fertility treatment, please consider that each state has different legislation in regard to assisted reproductive treatment, for example:
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.
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.