LGBT Family Building
LGBT IVF Leader in Healthcare Equality
RMA of Texas is the only Human Rights Campaign Certified Fertility Provider in the State.
Every person deserves to have the chance to have a baby.
Here, we’re proud to offer many family building options for LGBT couples. We’ve been awarded the title of “Leader in Equality” by the HRC and are one of the two fertility clinics in the United States to receive that recognition.
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 Texa requires counseling before pursuing either donor sperm or donor oocyte treatments. This way, individual couples can fully comprehend and explore the psychological issues surrounding the treatment options.
Your personal physician and nurse will provide you with a list of trustworthy sperm banks. Prospective donors are screened thoroughly prior to acceptance in a sperm bank. Donated sperm is then cryopreserved (flash frozen) and quarantined for 6 months before being released to the public.
Patients are also able to recruit their own sperm donors. Federal law requires, though, that any donor be screened by a licensed sperm bank prior to any donation to demonstrate that the donor is free of any infectious diseases.
Once a sperm donor is selected, vials of cryopreserved sperm will be purchased and sent to RMA of Texas. Because of the shortened life expectancy or thawed sperm, two inseminations are done per cycle back to back - one before the recipients ovulation cycle, and one 24 hours after, following ovulation.
A Gestational Carrier is a young, healthy woman who carries a pregnancy for someone else and does not provide any genetic contribution to the pregnancy. RMA of Texas works carefully to provide all care during a gestational carriers cycle. All patients are provided with access to our Complimentary Alternative Medicine team of mental and physical health professionals who specialize in support for those in fertility treatment.
Who is eligible?
First, a physician must determine that these treatment options are appropriate. Our team approach helps ensure that every stage of every process is coordinated down to the last minute detail and that patients receive support every step of the way.