LGBTQ Family Planning Specialist

Carolyn Kaplan, MD -  - Reproductive Endocrinologist

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group

Carolyn Kaplan, MD

Reproductive Endocrinologist & Gynecologist located in Atlanta, GA

Family planning for LGBTQ couples and individuals can be a challenging issue with numerous hurdles to overcome. Carolyn Kaplan, MD, of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group in Atlanta is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology who has been helping LGBTQ people become parents for over 25 years. Dr. Kaplan provides outstanding facilities at the clinic so you aren’t forced to travel to different locations for diagnostics and treatment, and with her expertise, she can give you the very best chance of successful conception. Call Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group today, or book an appointment online.

LGBTQ Family Planning

What family planning services are available to LGBTQ couples?

Various family planning options are available for LGBTQ couples and individuals, tailored to each one’s needs. Individual women and same-sex female couples require donated sperm to fertilize one partner’s egg through artificial insemination. Known sperm donors can be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and have their sperm quarantined for 6 months, to ensure that there is no risk of infectious disease exposure. Legal contracts are required with known donors but with anonymous donors, there is no need for legal consultation.

Dr. Kaplan discusses your needs with you in detail at your consultation and has extensive experience in finding solutions to suit prospective parents’ situations.

What procedures are involved in LGBTQ family planning?

To become parents, an LGBTQ couple or an individual without a partner must find an alternative source of sperm. Because purchasing sperm for donation is expensive, it’s important that each patient have a basic fertility evaluation before starting the insemination process. Dr. Kaplan strives to work with patients to find the most cost effective treatment plan to reach a successful outcome.

A basic infertility evaluation includes assessment of egg and uterine health, and if there are any risk factors for sexually transmitted diseases, then an evaluation of the fallopian tubes might  be recommended. Blood work can test for anemia, infectious exposures, or hormonal markers of fertility.

Prenatal planning is important to have the best outcome. Factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, or pre-diabetes are addressed prior to starting attempts at conception. Prenatal vitamins are important as well.

Sperm donation

Anonymous sperm donation provides a safe, reliable source of sperm for lesbians and single women who want to become pregnant.  Dr. Kaplan uses intrauterine insemination (IUI) to gently insert the donated sperm into the female partner’s uterus for conception, a procedure she carries out in the office. At REIG, we are familiar with the process of picking a sperm donor and we can help you navigate the high number of sperm banks.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group has on-site sperm storage for your convenience.

Can LGBTQ couples be helped with fertility problems?

LGBTQ couples and individuals who are affected by infertility issues have access to a wide range of treatment options. Dr. Kaplan begins by reviewing your medical history and carrying out tests such a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or saline sonohysterogram (SIS) to check your uterus and fallopian tubes. She’ll create a treatment program for you to address any fertility problems before you start trying to conceive.

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Find out more about family planning services by calling Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Group today, or booking an appointment online.