For Gay Men

Gay CoupleColorado Reproductive Endocrinology (CRE) is committed to helping gay male couples who want to have their own biological children. Gay couples who want to become parents use the same assisted reproductive technologies that enable infertile straight couples to have babies. Success depends on various factors, including the health and fertility of those providing the sperm and eggs, carrying the pregnancy, and  the experience and skill of the physicians and embryologists overseeing the procedures.

CRE works closely with agencies that adhere to the highest screening standards for sperm donors, egg donation, and gestational carriers. These standards ensure the highest medical safety and protect patients from potential infectious and legal complications.

Family Building for Gay Men

Gestational Carriers and IVF

CRE offers assisted reproductive technologies for gay male couples with the use of a gestational carrier.  A gestational carrier is a woman who agrees to carry a baby through pregnancy for a couple. Gestational carriers only provide a “host uterus” for the baby. They do not contribute any genetic material, which instead comes from sperm provided by the intended parents with a recipient egg or a combination of both donor eggs and sperm.  Because the egg is not coming from the gestational carrier, in vitro fertilization with donor eggs must be performed to create the embryos first.  The embryo(s) are then placed in the gestational carrier’s uterus.


A traditional surrogate is a woman who provides the eggs and carries the baby.  In other words, sperm is deposited into her uterus on the day of her ovulation.  Hopefully she conceives and carries the baby to term. The surrogate is often able to conceive through simple intrauterine insemination and does not need to go through in vitro fertilization.  Because the surrogate is the genetic mother of the baby, it can become legally complicated should she decide she wants to keep the baby.  Because of this, many states and fertility clinics do not offer traditional surrogacy.

Diagnostic Testing

In order to ensure that sperm is of adequate quality and quantity for IUIs or IVF, a semen analysis should be performed.  A semen analysis is a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive process and is done in our on-site laboratory.