LGBTQ Fertility Solutions


How We Can Help

ARC defines a family as two or more people (one can be your baby) sharing life, common values, and who ultimately form a deeply loving bond.

Advanced Reproductive Center recognizes equality in parenting by providing open access to all fertility treatments available. To that end, ARC is proud to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals the support they need to achieve their dream of parenthood. We partner with a wide network of sperm banks, donor egg and surrogacy agencies to offer a full spectrum of fertility treatments to help you reach your goal.

Treatment Options For Lesbians:

Lesbian single women have the option to conceive with the simple treatment of an intrauterine insemination (IUI). Before treatment a work up should be performed to evaluate the chances of conception. To maximize the odds of conceiving we need to create a customized optimal treatment for each patient. In older women, this may mean that hormonal treatments may be prescribed in conjunction with an insemination or it may be that in vitro fertilization will afford the best chance for conception.

With Lesbian couples, one partner may choose to donate the egg and the other partner will carry the pregnancy. In order to accomplish this, IVF is necessary, as the partner donating the egg will be stimulated with hormones and have her eggs harvested, fertilized and then transferred into the other partner’s uterus to carry the pregnancy.

However, if one partner is providing the eggs and is also carrying the pregnancy, in vitro fertilization is not necessary. Instead insemination can be performed, in conjunction with hormonal treatment, depending on the woman’s chances of conception.  Sperm used to fertilize the eggs can be from a friend, relative or anonymous donor through a sperm bank.

Treatment Options For Gay Men:

Same-sex couples visit the Advanced Reproductive Center to explore basic fertility services and the latest family-building options that allow them to share a biological connection with their baby.

Egg donation is one gay fertility option

When a man or couple asks about gay fertility options at ARC, our reproductive endocrinologists have available the option of egg donation. The beauty of egg donation is that it allows gay parents to share a biological connection with their baby and it is highly effective when using young egg donors.

  • The first step involves finding an egg donor. Some men prefer to ask a friend or a family member to act as their donor, while others may opt to use an anonymous egg donor.

Surrogacy is another gay fertility option that is related to egg donation

When same-sex (or straight) couples select egg donation as their family-building solution, the fertility specialists at ARC could also discuss gestational surrogacy.

  • In gestational surrogacy, a woman (other than the egg donor) serves as surrogate and carries the pregnancy. Donor eggs will be fertilized with the father’s sperm during IVF, and embryos are transferred into the surrogate’s uterus.

Gay men have two choices for selecting a surrogate. They can ask friends a family members, or they can use a surrogacy agency.

No matter which option you select, be sure to retain an surrogacy lawyer who understands your state’s laws on reproductive rights. An attorney in this field can draft the appropriate egg donor / surrogacy contracts to avoid any confusion as to each person’s responsibilities. If you’d like more information about gay fertility options, please schedule an appointment with the Advanced Reproductive Center.

Egg Donation Program

Our Chicagoland/Peoria area infertility clinics are the home of one of the most successful donor egg programs in the United States. We will help you find and select an egg donor that meets your exact needs.

Transgender Options

Regardless of your gender identification, starting a family is something every person should have the option to experience.  ARC is committed to working with your Transgender health care team to optimize your treatment experience or assist in fertility preservation prior to beginning hormone therapy. Each patient is different, and each treatment option will be customized to your individual journey so that you can achieve your dream of parenthood.


The Advanced Reproductive Center partners with trusted surrogacy agencies and will help you select a surrogate that is perfect for you to start your family.


Contact the Advanced Reproductive Center. To schedule an appointment call us at 815-229-1700, or fill out the form below and we will contact you.