Monash IVF is proud to support sexual and gender diverse clients access to fertility services to enable them to have families or preserve their fertility. We have a number of fertility specialists with experience in this area that can provide personalised treatment in a caring and non-judgemental environment.
We believe passionately that everyone should be able to achieve their dream of having a family.
There has been a dedicated effort to welcome all our patients, with removal of gender-specific titles on paperwork, modification of mandatory counselling sessions to reflect different concerns and needs, and the introduction of a waiver to enable access to known sperm donors after a shortened three months rather than the standard six months to enable them to access their donor sperm faster.
We understand that gender and sex are conceptually distinct, however are commonly used interchangeably. Sex is determined through chromosomal or genital measures; whereas gender is part of a person’s personal and social identity, it’s how someone feel’s, identifies, presents and is recognized within the community.
We understand that trans refers to a variety of identities that are incredibly diverse and offer a range of services and treatments tailored to your diversity. As a leader in reproductive medicine we advocate for informing patients about reproductive options prior to the commencement of gender affirming therapies and continue to inform health providers of the special needs of this community.
Options for fertility preservation in trans people:
Assigned male at birth
- Cryopreservation of testicular tissue
- Cryopreservation of sperm
– Surgical sperm removal is an option for trans women whom masturbation is difficult or a burden
– The concept of stored male gametes may be an unpleasant reminder of a gender incongruent past
Assigned female at birth
- Cryopreservation of Ovarian Tissue
- Cryopreservation of Oocytes (eggs)
- Cryopreservation of Embryos
– Transvaginal ultrasound may be confronting
– Requires cessation of testosterone and short term exposure to female hormones
Cryopreservation allows the option to store eggs, sperm or embryos for future use in IVF, ICSI or IUI procedures.
When trans men elect to retain their uterus and ovaries, successful pregnancy is possible regardless of prior testosterone use.
Donor Sperm Programs
At Monash IVF we have three programs for donated sperm:
- Clinic recruited donors from Australia
- Clinic recruited donors from Overseas
- Known donors
More Information: Donor Program
The World Egg Bank
Monash IVF have an exclusive arrangement with The World Egg Bank enabling couples the option of importing donor eggs.
More information: The World Egg Bank
Surrogacy is a very lengthy and complex process that needs to comply with specific legislation. Surrogacy involves a woman (birth mother) becoming pregnant and giving birth to a child for an intended parent or parents (commissioning couple) through the assistance of in vitro fertilisation.
More Information: Surrogacy
If you are considering starting treatment you can book a free 15 chat with one of our Fertility Nurses or book an appointment with one of our Fertility Specialists. Our Fertility Specialists feel passionately about your right to be a parent. After a consultation, we can discuss your aspirations, the economic and medical issues with treatment, to create an individualised treatment program.