Male to Female Transition
We offer many options for fertility preservation so that you have options for your future! Whether you are currently single or partnered and not wishing to conceive prior to transitioning (or beginning any type of hormonal treatment), but want to preserve your fertility possibilities, there is an option for you:
- Sperm Freezing – Freeze your sperm at Neway and we will store it here until you are ready to use it.
- After Sperm Freezing occurs, you can use the sperm for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with a female partner or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with a female partner. You can also use your sperm with an egg donor and a gestational surrogate.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – Your sperm is placed directly inside your female partner’s uters by the physician.
- In Vitro Fertilization – Your Female Partner’s eggs are retrieved and fertilized by your sperm.
If you are currently partnered with a man and wishing to conceive prior to transitioning (and prior to beginning any type of hormonal treatment), the selection of an egg donor and gestational surrogate will be one of your first steps.
Choosing an egg donor is a very important first step in this journey and we will be here for you every step of the way. In general, you want your egg donor to be a healthy individual, and relatively young (age 21-32). Regardless of the donor you choose, the individual will be screened extensively to rule out any potential complications in your fertility journey
Screenings include infectious disease testing according to FDA guidelines, a questionnaire on family genetic history, fertility and past gynecologic history, and a fertility workup to evaluate the potential for egg donation.
Egg Donor Options:
- A family friend, relative, or anonymous donor
- Frozen Eggs selected from Neway’s Egg Bank
- Individual selected from Neway’s database of eligible donors (fresh eggs)
- Frozen eggs selected from outside egg bank transferred to Neway
Choosing your Gestational Surrogate
Your choice of a gestational surrogate may be a family friend, relative, or someone selected through an agency. Regardless of the source, as with the egg donor, this person will be screened extensively to rule out possible complications to your fertility journey. This screening includes infectious disease testing according to FDA guidelines, a questionnaire on past gynecologic history, and a fertility workup to evaluate the potential for surrogacy.
There are many different options that we can provide in this step as well! One of you could be the sole provider of the sperm, or both of you, or you could choose a separate sperm source, such as sperm from a friend, relative, or from a sperm bank. Regardless of which sperm source you choose, we will also need to screen this person for infectious diseases and genetic carrier testing (according to FDA guidelines.
A semen analysis will also need to be completed to evaluate your fertility potential. If you have already transitioned with hormonal treatment and wish to use your own sperm, Neway can also help. Under close supervision by our physicians it is possible to discontinue hormonal treatment and in some cases have sperm production resume. If after sperm is procured, you wish to go back to hormonal treatment, we can help you through this process.