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    How to Talk About Infertility with Your Partner

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When a couple wants a biological family of their own, infertility can be an emotionally painful and physically challenging obstacle to that goal. If you suspect that infertility may be obstructing your ability to have a family, establishing open communication with your partner is integral to getting the treatment you need.

    Infertility can be a highly sensitive topic. Especially when your partner has a condition that severely limits or eliminates the possibility of having biological children, it is imperative that blame is left out of the conversation. Rather, focus on the treatment options available to you and the services that can meet your needs of wanting a child.

    Infertility doctor Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. can help you achieve the family you want. If you and your partner are struggling to have a child, call Dr. Jacobs at (847) 215-8899. Our Chicago area infertility clinic can determine the fertility services best suited to overcome your fertility challenges.

    Finding a Surrogate Mother

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When a couple wants a biological family, but the female partner cannot carry a pregnancy, they may opt for surrogacy. This video explains the process of selecting a surrogate.

    Couples must consider several factors when choosing a surrogate. For one, they must decide whether they require a true surrogate or a gestational carrier. A true surrogate shares a genetic connection to the baby she carries. However, a gestational carrier has no biological link to the child. Couples should also keep in mind potential financial responsibilities to the surrogate. Depending on the agreement made between the couple and surrogate, provisions may be necessary for medical expenses, living accommodations, and other needs.

    Is surrogacy the right choice for you? For more information on this fertility option, call Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. in Chicago at (847) 215-8899. You can also learn more about our fertility clinic by visiting our website.

    Planning for Your New Family's Future: Estate Planning Tips for Gay Couples

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When a baby is on the way, it becomes all the more important for gay and lesbian couples to make sure that their legal documents are in order. Especially with legal distinctions between the rights afforded heterosexual couples and gay couples, you may want to discuss the following items with a legal expert who focuses on the needs of the LGBT community.

    Medical Directives

    A time may come when you suffer an injury or illness that renders you unable to make medical decisions for yourself. Depending on the laws in place when that situation arises, your partner may not have the legal standing to make healthcare choices on your behalf. By giving your partner medical power of attorney, though, you can ensure that he has the legal authority to make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated to do so.

    Financial Security

    Looking after the financial needs of their families is a desire common to many gay and lesbian couples. However, a serious injury or illness can incur high medical bills. In some cases, it may also lead to death and permanent loss of income. Purchasing long term care insurance or life insurance can help you and your partner have peace of mind should medical expenses or loss of life complicate your financial security.

    Estate Documents

    A major concern for many gay and lesbian couples is ensuring that their loved ones receive all of their assets upon their death. Depending on current laws, assets such as homes, jewelry, and artwork may instead be transferring over to other blood relatives. That is why a will is imperative for you and your partner. By outlining in detail the recipients of your assets, you can make sure that your surviving partner and children receive the possessions you want them to have.

    Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. offers fertility treatment services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and couples in Chicago looking to expand their families. If you would like to speak with Dr. Jacobs about your fertility concerns, call us today at (847) 215-8899. You can also visit our website for more information on our fertility options.

    Tips for Choosing a Sperm Donor

    Last updated 5 months ago

    A sperm donor can prove the vital link between single women and infertile couples who need healthy sperm to have the families they desire. However, just as finding the right partner can entail a long list of requirements and preferences, so too can selecting the ideal donor. If you are about to embark on the journey to picking a sperm donor, the following considerations can help you find the donor with the right qualities.

    Health Stats

    When discussing their wishes to grow a family, most women and couples value having a healthy baby above all else. To that end, if you are seeking a sperm donor, you should have extensive access to his medical records. Prospective sperm recipients should know if donors have any existing medical problems or genetic predispositions to certain conditions.


    In the past, many sperm donors requested that they have complete anonymity, as their objective was only to provide sperm for individuals and couples in need. As more single women and infertile couples use sperm donation to achieve the families they want, though, they also want to know the prospective donors. If you too would like to meet with the donor, or if you want your child to have the option to contact him in the future, ask your sperm donation center for the profiles of men who are willing to meet your requests.

    Physical Features

    Just as people have preferences regarding how they would like their ideal partners to look, they may also have inclinations on what features they want their children to exhibit. So when considering sperm donation, it’s important to consider what physical traits might factor into your decision of picking a particular donor. Many sperm donation centers have detailed information regarding the physical features of their donors.

    Sperm donation is one way that you can have the family you’ve always wanted. If you have more questions about this fertility option, Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. can provide the answers. Call our Chicago area fertility clinic today at (847) 215-8899 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacobs and our IVF experts.

    Many Gay Men Choose Surrogacy to Have Children

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Every family is unique, which is why one-size-fits-all childbirth does not work for everyone. Traditional pregnancy and childbirth may not be an option for same-sex couples. Luckily, fertility doctors can provide insight regarding surrogacy and how it can work for gay men.

    What is Surrogacy?

    Surrogacy is a great option for couples that are unable to conceive and carry a child but desire  to become parents. Men who want to become parents can find surrogate mothers who are willing to carry their children throughout the pregnancy period. After finding a surrogate, it is important to meet with medical professionals to figure out the next steps to take. 

    Why is Surrogacy a Good Choice for Gay Men?

    If you and your partner want to become parents, surrogacy can provide the perfect option. Surrogacy has long been a popular choice for heterosexual couples and individuals unable to conceive on their own, but it has recently become a common option for gay men ready to start their families. As an alternative to adoption, surrogacy allows at least one parent to be biologically connected to their child.

    What are the Options to Consider?

    One of the most important decisions to make when choosing surrogacy is deciding which surrogacy option is right for you. With traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother undergoes insemination with one partner’s sperm in hopes of conceiving a child with her own egg. With gestational surrogacy, future parents must find an egg donor as well as a surrogate so an egg  can be fertilized and implanted into the surrogate.

    How Do You Start the Process?

    Same-sex partners that wish to start a family through surrogacy should contact a fertility doctor as well as a lawyer who deals with surrogacy and reproductive law. Both experts are essential for learning about your options and ensuring a smooth surrogacy process.

    Learn more about surrogacy and why it is a great option for LGBT couples by contacting Laurence A. Jacobs, M.D. today. Check out our fertility treatments and IVF options on our website or call us at (847) 215-8899 to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility experts in Chicago.

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