Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Daniel Skora, a board-certified OB/GYN and board-eligible reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Specialists of Texas.
Dr. Skora and Heather discuss the fertility journey for same-sex male couples:
- I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
- Why did you choose a career in reproductive medicine?
- Take us through your career.
SAME-SEX MALE COUPLES
- Third-party reproduction is a term that’s becoming more frequently heard, but what does it actually mean?
- How many steps are involved with the fertility cycle for a same-sex male couple?
- How much more involved is the process for male couples vs. female couples?
- The terms surrogate and gestational carrier are often used interchangeably. But, there’s a difference. Can you explain?
- What is the average cost for a same-sex male couple including egg donor, fertility treatment and gestational carrier?
- What should men look for when searching for an egg donor?
- What’s the difference between a known and an anonymous donor?
- What are the qualifications for becoming a gestational carrier?
- What should male couples look for when choosing their gestational carrier?
- Can male couples deliver in any state and have both spouses listed as a parent?
- What are the legal considerations involved with the process?
- Is it common for same-sex male couples to have an infertility issue?
- Is natural fertilization an option or is ICSI always used?
- Where does genetic testing come into the equation?
- Can men who are HIV+ seek fertility treatment?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to same-sex male couples as they embark on this journey?