Home » Patients » LGBT

LGBT Patients

ICRM-16The Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine (ICRM) welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered singles and couples who want support in building their families. We have helped members of LGBT community locally, nationally, and internationally realize their dreams of parenthood. ICRM has worked extensively with the LGBT community, and has one of the largest in-house donor/surrogate programs in the Western United States. Our prior patients (see testimonials) and track record speak for themselves when it comes to demonstrating our commitment to the LGBT community. ICRM has high success rates and provides personalized, compassionate, and friendly care through this process.

FAQs for gay male singles and couples

Why get treatment through the Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine?
At the Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible care to all of our patients. In particular, we have been working with LGBT community for years, and as a result donor/surrogate cycles comprise a high proportion of treatment cycles in the center…in fact, we have one of the highest percentage rates of donor/surrogate cycles in the United States. With this level experience and our high pregnancy success rates, you can rest assured that you will have the best chance possible in starting or growing your family.
Why Boise?
With three ski areas within two hours, over 30 kilometers of paved biking trails, limitless hiking opportunities and the largest number of naturally occurring hot springs in the United States, Boise boasts an incredibly rich outdoor life. In this backdrop of fresh mountain air and crystal clear streams, Boise has one of the largest gestational carrier populations in the United States. We believe that this active, healthy lifestyle translates into surrogates that have higher success and better obstetric outcomes, and may partly explain why gestational carriers from Idaho are sought after throughout the United States.   With several different surrogacy agencies locally in the greater Boise area, selecting the ideal carrier is effortless. Because of the lower cost of living compared to large cities, Boise can offer more affordable fertility care. We know the process can seem stressful and intimidating at times. Our lower costs can ease some of the financial burden.
We are interested in doing a donor egg /gestational carrier cycle with ICRM. How do we get started?
First, schedule either an in house or phone/skpe consultation at our office. You can schedule an appointment easily either by phone (208-342-5900) or online. At the time of the appointment, we will outline your treatment plan and options. Selecting an appropriate gestational carrier should be one of the first steps in the process. We work closely with several surrogacy agencies in the greater Boise area. Once you have selected your carrier, they will undergo screening with our medical staff and physicians in order to provide the best chance for a healthy, successful pregnancy. After selecting your carrier, the next step in the process of starting your family is choosing an egg donor from our in-house pool of donors. Our donors have been screened and selected by our medical staff, and many have a proven track record of success. You can contact our donor coordinators, Cortney Dalton and Shana Bennett, if you are interested in getting more information on our available donors. They has extensive experience, and will help you select a donor that will meet your personal needs while maximizing your chance for success. There is NO fee involved in reserving your preferred donor once you have reached your decision.
We live outside of the United States. How long do we need to stay in Boise?
Typically just 1-2 days. Our staff will work with you to insure that your visit will be as productive as possible. During this visit, FDA-required blood tests, urine studies, and 1-2 frozen sperm samples will be collected. You can also do your psychology consultation and meet with the reproductive lawyer who will be drawing up your legal contract between you and your gestational carrier. Our coordinators work closely with several hotels to help make your stay as comfortable and affordable as possible.
What are the medical office costs associated with an ovum donor/gestational carrier cycle?
We pride ourselves in working for our patients to provide the highest quality medical care at the most affordable price possible. The typical donor compensation is approximately $4,000-6,000. ICRM offers the most affordable, high quality ovum donor/gestational carrier cycles. Total office costs typically range from approximately $30,000-$40,000 . Additionally, although not included in our estimate of costs, gestational carrier (GC) agency fees are much lower than agency fees in other states. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact our financial counselor for more information.
If I have further questions, who can I contact?
If you have questions regarding selection of a gestational carrier, you can directly contact one of the several surrogacy agencies that we work with. If you have other questions, feel free to schedule a consultation with our physicians by calling our office at 208-342-5900, requesting a consultation online, or contact our donor coordinators.

FAQs for lesbian singles and couples

We need to use a sperm donor. How do we go about purchasing sperm?
The Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine works with several sperm banks. Once you have selected an anonymous donor that you are interested in using, frozen samples are shipped to our clinic and stored for future use. We recommend purchasing IUI (intrauterine insemination) samples from the banks.
What is the difference between IUI versus ICI frozen sperm?
ICI frozen sperm has only undergone very limited processing, and still contains proteins and other compounds that would need to be removed prior to use for intrauterine insemination. As a result, further treatment of the shipped sample would be necessary in our lab immediate prior to use of the sample for insemination. During the processing of an ICI sperm sample, it is common to have decreased counts compared to the pre-processed sample. IUI frozen sperm has been completely processed at the sperm bank and does not require further treatment in our labs.
What if we know someone who wants to be a sperm donor?
We are happy to help you work with a known sperm donor, however the process requires more time than working with an anonymous donor. Prior to using a known donor, the donor will need to complete a personal/family medical history, have an FDA-required physical exam, possibly have genetic testing, undergo FDA-required testing for communicable diseases, and have a formal semen analysis to make sure that their counts are sufficient for use for insemination. Samples are then kept in quarantine for a 6 month period, after which the known sperm donor is required to undergo repeat communicable disease testing prior to release of the sperm sample.
What is the difference between intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization?
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves placing a prepared sperm sample in the uterus using a small catheter. IUI is typically one of the initial steps for fertility treatment in women with functioning fallopian tubes. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a more complicated process but typically has substantially higher success rates. For more information on IVF, please follow the link to our IVF information page.
My partner wants to provide the eggs, and I want to carry the pregnancy. How would that process work?
Lesbian couples who desire a biologic connection to their children may choose to use one partner’s egg fertilized with donor sperm, and then transfer the embryo to their uterus for implantation. ICRM has done many cycles such as this. To find out more about this process, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.
Who should we contact if we have more questions?
If you have other questions, feel free to schedule a consultation with our physicians.