Becoming a father
There are now a number of ways that gay men can become fathers. This could be by becoming a sperm donor either anonymously or as a 'known' donor which would be for a female friend or relative. Surrogacy treatment is becoming more popular among same sex male couples using a surrogate mother and sometimes an egg donor too. Here at the LWC we can help you to become a father through these means.
A sperm donation shortage means that thousands of women and infertile couples are denied the chance of having a baby. If you are a healthy male, aged between 18 and 45, you can help with sperm donation.
Please visit our website www.londonspermbank.com and simply complete and submit the online sperm donation application from and we'll be in touch within 48 hours to arrange an appointment at the London Sperm Bank.
Alternatively, call us on 020 7935 9004 to talk to one of our members of staff. They can answer your questions and book you an appointment. You can also send an email to email@example.com to request further information.
Known sperm donation
You may have a single female or lesbian friend who would like you to become a sperm donor for them. This would make you a 'known donor' rather than an anonymous donor to unknown recipients. The clinic can help you and your female friend(s) to have treatment here at the clinic.
Please click here for more information on becoming a known sperm donor.
Surrogacy is a very complicated treatment, with so many potential challenges that most arrangements are co-ordinated through a surrogate agency. However, in Britain it is important to note that 'commercial' surrogacy - in which the gestational carrier receives payment - is not allowed.
There are two types of surrogacy available: the first in which an egg donor provides eggs which are fertilised with the sperm by IVF and ICSI and the embryos are then transferred to the surrogate mother for pregnancy and delivery (known as 'host surrogacy'); and the second in which the surrogate herself provides the egg which is fertilised with the sperm by IVF and ICSI. It is important to note that only one partner’s semen sample can be used for treatment.
The treatment is complex, with many potential difficulties over parenthood and citizenship (particularly when the surrogacy arrangement is performed overseas). Most successful arrangements require the involvement of a lawyer and very strict counselling. All surrogacy cases undertaken at the London Women's Clinic must have the approval of the clinic's Ethics Committee. Please get in touch to find out more about how we can help.
Gay Dad’s Guide
The London Women's Clinic has developed a strong relationship with gay campaigning group Stonewall and is proud to have sponsored a guide for gay dads, which offers useful information for gay men looking to become a father.The guide covers all of the options available for gay men looking to start a family from adoption and fostering through to surrogacy, co-parenting and donating sperm.To receive your free copy please click here.