For LGBTQ+ folks looking to welcome a child into their family through a biological connection with one or more of the parents, there are many paths available at a wide range of costs, complexities, and involvement. Family Equality has many valuable resources to help you on your path to pregnancy!
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Terms to Know
As you navigate the many potential paths to pregnancy, you’ll unlock a whole new vocabulary! From medical procedures to eccentric acronyms, here’s a handy list of all the key terms you need to know at this stage in your journey.
Choosing a path to pregnancy
The path your family takes to achieve pregnancy will depend on several factors, including, but not limited to, cost, access to various reproductive “ingredients,” personal preferences, and more. The three most common tracks for LGBTQ+ people conceiving and growing babies are insemination, assisted reproduction, and surrogacy. For transgender people considering starting or expanding their families, there are extra considerations around hormones and fertility preservation processes. Explore the following resources to make more informed decisions about your next steps:
Securing legal parentage
Looking for support on your fertility journey?
Family Equality hosts a virtual peer group every other Wednesday for any and all LGBTQ+ folks trying to conceive! Register today to receive log-in information.