CryoGam Colorado has 20 years of experience in helping diverse couples have children. Here are some ways LGBT individuals and couples can conceive. Refer to the Glossary of Terms for definitions.

CryoGam Colorado is a Mountain Pride Connections Safe Zone.

Lesbian Individuals/Couples
  • Use an anonymous or a directed sperm donor and one or both partners undergo artificial insemination.
  • Use an anonymous or a directed sperm donor, undergo IVF where one partner has her oocytes harvested. Those oocytes are mixed with the sperm and embryos are created. Either partner can carry the pregnancy.
  • Use an anonymous or directed sperm donor, undergo IVF and have a gestational carrier carry the pregnancy.
  • Use an anonymous oocyte and sperm donor and undergo IVF. The embryos can be transferred back to either one or both of the intended parents to carry the pregnancy.
  • Use an anonymous oocyte and sperm donor and undergo IVF have the embryos transferred back to a gestational carrier.
It is important to keep in mind that a directed sperm donor and the sometimes the partner donating the oocyte(s) are regulated by the FDA. Certain health & testing requirements, along with specimen quarantine periods of up to 6 months may apply.


Gay Individuals/Couples
  • Use a traditional surrogate. The traditional surrogate would be inseminated using one of the partner's sperm and would carry the pregnancy for them. Legal obligations of the traditional surrogate vary depending on the arrangement that is made prior to pregnancy. Traditional surrogacy is only legal in California, Colorado, and Texas.
  • Use a directed or anonymous oocyte donor and a gestational carrier. The donor would undergo IVF and embryos would be made using one of the partner's sperm. The embryos would then be transferred to a gestational carrier.
It is important to keep in mind that the partner that is donating sperm is regulated by the FDA and certain health & testing requirements, along with specimen quarantine periods of up to 6 months may apply.


Transgender Individuals/Couples
  • A transgender individual can use their own gametes if they have been cryopreserved (sperm or oocytes) prior to any medical procedures or treatments that impair fertility. It may be recommended that you undergo a Directed Donor process to ensure that your specimens are approved for use in a variety of situations. (This may include a future partner, a gestational carrier, or traditional surrogate, etc....)
See our Directed Donor page for more information. Please make sure to explain your situation, in detail, to a CryoGam staff member so that we can schedule you for the appropriate appointments.