Family Building Options

LGBT Family Building Options


Same sex couples who want to build a family are increasingly using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and third party reproduction to have children who are genetically related to one or both of the parents.

In general, ART refers to procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), in which both eggs and sperm are handled outside of the body, as opposed to intrauterine insemination (IUI), a procedure in which only the sperm is handled outside the body.

Third party reproduction refers to the use of eggs, sperm, or embryos that are donated by a third person. Third party reproduction also refers to the use of a traditional surrogate or gestational surrogate.

Spearheaded by nationally renowned fertility specialist, Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs, Fertility Centers of Illinois has extensive experience in the field of reproductive endocrinology and methods of third party reproduction for same-sex couples. Dr. Laurence Jacobs is a partner in Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI), one of the leading fertility centers in the country with 11 fertility doctors, 10 fertility clinics, and two centers for IVF. In Dr. Jacobs’ fertility practice, you will find a breadth and depth of resources, as well as a commitment to the innovative, customized, compassionate care that will help you achieve the family you desire.

Dr. Jacobs offers the following family-building methods for LGBT couples at his fertility clinics in Chicago, Buffalo Grove, and Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

Adoption is another alternative for same-sex couples who want to build a family. Many LGBT couples are able to successfully adopt domestically or internationally.

In Illinois, there are many paths to parenthood available to LGBT couples. If you choose the route requiring the assistance of a fertility doctor, Dr. Laurence Jacobs will help guide the way.