questions to ask an ivf clinic

Gay men and single men need the support of a surrogate to have a baby. If you opt to work with a gestational carrier and an egg donor, it is important to note that the quality of donor/surrogacy agencies varies greatly. It is best to work with an IVF clinic, a donor and surrogacy agency or agencies, and an attorney specializing in assisted reproduction legal matters.

When you are considering your choice of an IVF clinic, there are a couple of questions you should ask to help aid your decision:

  • In what year was your clinic established?
  • Do you offer both egg donation and surrogacy on site? If not, can you recommend a donor agency and/or surrogacy agency experienced in working with the gay community?
  • Can you recommend an assisted reproduction attorney who is well versed in surrogacy and family law for the gay community?
  • If I identify an assisted reproduction attorney and/or a donor/surrogacy agency that I wish to work with, will you accommodate my choice?
  • What is your success rate for this procedure?
  • What if it doesn’t work the first time? What are our options and costs for subsequent attempts?
  • What medical tests will I need to have done prior to giving a sperm sample?
  • How can we assure the health and well-being of both our gestational carrier and our egg donor throughout this process?
  • Are you registered with the Food and Drug Administration as a Human Cell and Tissue Establishment?
  • Are you a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)? Do you follow ASRM guidelines on protocols concerning number of embryos transferred?
  • How do we become matched with a surrogate/donor through your program?
  • What are your fees?

For more information about your role with an IVF clinics - read our Guide to Becoming a Dad.