BONUS 269: Same-Sex Male Couples

July 24, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Daniel Skora, a board-certified OB/GYN and board-eligible reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Specialists of Texas.

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Dr. Skora and Heather discuss the fertility journey for same-sex male couples:

INTRODUCTION

  • 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?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to same-sex male couples as they embark on this journey?

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