The Future of IVF for Queer Men: a  'GWK the Podcast' Mini-Series

Why do so many gay dads have twins? Will surrogacy ever become more affordable? Can HIV-positive men have biological kids? These are just some of the fascinating questions we tackle in our four-part mini-series on GWK the Podcast exploring the "Future of IVF" for gay, bi and trans men. Check out each episode below, and be sure to subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or wherever you get podcasts.

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Episode 1: What Does the Future of Egg Donation Look Like for Queer Men?

In part 1 of our mini-series, GWK Executive Editor David Dodge talks to Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Guy Ringler of California Fertility Partners about the process of egg donation and selection. Dr. Ringler discusses how intended parents can pick their perfect egg donor, what tests and screenings a prospective egg donor has to go through, how egg donation and selection has changed over the years, and what the future of egg donation looks like. Listen below:


Episode 2: Will Insurance Ever Cover the Costs of IVF For Queer Men? 

In part two of the Future of IVF, Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron of Fertility Centers of Illinois breaks down what gay men and couples can expect most insurance companies to cover in the IVF and surrogacy process, and what expenses will likely be out of pocket. GWK Executive Editor David Dodge and Dr. Hirshfeld-Cytron also discuss what the future of IVF-related insurance coverage looks like, how it differs among states, and how it impacts international intended parents. Listen below:


Episode 3: Can HIV+ Queer Men Become Biological Fathers? 

In the third part of GWK’s mini-series on the Future of IVF, Dr. Mark Leondires, founder and medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut, explains how HIV-positive gay men can have biological children through a process known as sperm washing. Listen below:


Episode 4: Is it Safe for Queer Couples Pursue a Twin Pregnancy? 

In the final episode of GWK’s four-part mini-series, Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Jerald Goldstein of Fertility Specialists of Texas breaks down the risks and rewards of having twins via surrogacy. Dr. Goldstein covers why so many gay men and couples seem to have twins, what the options are for gay dads-to-be who want to have two babies at a time, and what the future of a twin surrogacy could look like in the years to come. Listen below:


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Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.

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