Chris and Les are two of CARE’s patients who now are proud fathers of a baby girl. After learning of the difficulties they could face in having surrogacy abroad, they came to CARE to begin their surrogacy journey.
If you’re a gay couple interested in fertility/surrogacy treatment, there are a number of fertility treatments options available to you:
Whether you have already found your egg donor or need help with where to start your selection process for an anonymous donor, CARE clinics have dedicated egg donation teams to ensure you and your partner are guided and supported in finding a match that meets your requirements. This will all be discussed in your initial consultation with your clinic of choice.
As with surrogacy for heterosexual couples, the cost of surrogacy depends on the type of treatment required and whether this includes IVF, ICSI or IUI. For Gay Couples there may be then additional cost of using anonymous donor eggs.
In the UK, the law states that no payment can be made to a Surrogate. Surrogacy UK suggests a cost range for expenses from around £7,000 up to £15,000. However, you must remember that every situation is different, and you may wish to formalise an outline of reasonable expenses with your surrogate before entering into a surrogacy agreement.
You will need a surrogate to carry the embryo and pregnancy to term. CARE clinics have dedicated surrogacy coordinators to guide you through this process.
You and your partner may have already found your surrogate, in this case please contact the clinic of your choice so we can start you on your journey with a Skype consultation and then progress with treatment when the government eases social distancing.
If you have not found your surrogate yet, we’ll direct you to a non-profit surrogacy agencies in the UK that we know have helped many of our gay male couples in the past.
There are some non-profit agencies that we’ve worked with who can provide practical advice to help gay couples find their surrogate:
If you are using a donor egg, and not traditional surrogacy, you can create your embryos with CARE whilst you are looking for your surrogate.
Once our team has matched you with an egg donor you’ll then be able to start IVF treatment and create your embryos. You can find out more about IVF here. The clinical teams will assist you with information about the creation of your embryos. If you are still waiting on finding a surrogate we will create your embryos and have them available for when you're ready to start treatment which is the most popular pathway.
If you think you might be interested in one of our treatments, or if you’d like to talk to someone at CARE about your options call our new patient enquiry team on 0800 564 2270.