June is Pride month celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities who come together, deserving equal justice, equal opportunity and the freedom to be themselves. It is a time when we reflect on the struggles of those in the Stonewall uprising in June 1969 in New York City, an event that helped launch the modern gay rights movement in America. We now celebrate Pride Month with a variety of events:
- Pride parades
We bring millions of people from around the world together wanting to participate. These events are festive, with colorful rainbow flags held high, rainbow clothing and even costumes, while the memorials remind us of those in the gay community who were lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. Pride helps us speak out about the hate and intolerance that was rampant in the past. As times are changing, we strive to create inclusivity and publicly respect our LGBT community.
Men’s Health Month
June is also Men’s Health Month where we help educate and create awareness around men’s health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asserts that males tend to die five years sooner than their female counterparts. 13.2% of men aged 18 and over suffer from fair or poor health while 51.9% of men aged 20 struggle with hypertension (high blood pressure). Help spread awareness by encouraging healthier habits using social media to help your male family, friends, and coworkers live healthier, happier lives. Encourage your loved ones around the country to get routine screenings, follow a healthy diet and participate in regular daily exercise. Things like getting your prostate health, testosterone levels and cholesterol levels checked can help you live a healthier, longer life and more satisfying life.
If you are a gay male wanting to start your own family, you must undergo an FDA-mandated screening to make sure your sperm is healthy and that you are STD-free. This evaluation will help assess your sperm quality and quantity to make sure you don’t need other assistance like intracellular sperm injection (ICSI) to fertilize a waiting egg. Then you can work with an egg donor and a surrogate. The donor is screened before donating her eggs for fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, or IVF. You will also need to enlist the help of a surrogate who will be the gestational carrier for an embryo that results from the donor eggs that are fertilized with your sperm. If you are using traditional surrogacy, the woman will carry the baby full term, serving both roles (egg donor and surrogate).
Intrauterine Insemination: This process is successfully used for gay men wanting a baby. We collect a semen sample from you and/or your partner, where it is cleaned, separating the sperm from the seminal fluid. Then this concentrated sperm is inserted into your surrogate’s uterus using a flexible, narrow catheter. This shortens the distance your sperm will have to travel to access the waiting egg, raising your odds of achieving fertilization and pregnancy.
In Vitro Fertilization: This process has a high success rate and is used by men working with an egg donor and a gestational surrogate. After stimulating ovulation and collecting eggs from your egg donor, we mix them with your concentrated sperm sample. The eggs will be observed for a few days for fertilization. On the third or fifth day, the most viable embryos will be transferred into the uterus of the gestational surrogate where the implant can lead to a successful pregnancy!
When it comes to starting a family, as a gay man or couple you have options today. Men’s healthcare is better than ever, and raising a child is more accepted with a male partner. Thanks to advances in fertility, you can bring your child into your life! At Idaho Fertility Center, we offer reproductive help for all. Please call 208-529-2019 to learn more or schedule a visit with one of our reproductive specialists in Idaho Falls, Idaho.