Written by Raffinee Esquivel, Nurse, and Lesbian mom of 3
A comprehensive guide to help you navigate every step of your conception journey
we know firsthand that fertility treatments can be pricey whether you choose ICI, IUI, IVF, RIVF or surrogacy. we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier for loving individuals to start or grow their family. so we’ve compiled a list of grants + loans to support you in your journey.
there are 3 major sperm banks in the US – these are the most reputable and offer the strictest of standards for testing. finding a donor – someone who will have half of your child’s DNA is HUGE!
all 3 cryo banks have generously offered a coupon code so that you can have free access to their donor profiles! check out their resources on the different types of vials offered – ICI, IUI, IVF (and how ART – assisted reproductive technology – vials can save you money!).
we find that education is empowering – the more you know, the better decision you can make for you and your family. we interview fertility doctors (formally known as reproductive endocrinologist, if you want to be fancy like that) to walk you through some of the basics – what to expect at your first infertility appointment, the standard testing required, your different options (IUI, IVF, reciprocal IVF, donor egg, donor embryo) and more.
we will also chat with some lawyers to break down all the confusing legal language and let you know what you should be thinking about now to protect your LGBTQ+ family (estate planning things – wills, power of attorney, healthcare proxy, etc).
making sure you connect with your fertility team is one of the most important steps in this process. you’re going to be spending a lot of time at their office and there could be some bumps in the road. fertility / infertility is not a one-size-fits-all approach, so you want to make sure they’re compassionate and will really take the time to sit with you and explain everything throughout your journey.
list of all clinics coming soon …
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