Abstract


OBJECTIVE: We assessed prenatal and postpartum parenting concerns and challenges among gay fathers utilizing IVF and gestational carriers (GC).
DESIGN: Questionnaire-based descriptive study.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: An online questionnaire was disseminated through menhavingbabies.com to gay fathers who had previously undergone IVF-GC. view more

OBJECTIVE: We assessed prenatal and postpartum parenting concerns and challenges among gay fathers utilizing IVF and gestational carriers (GC).
DESIGN: Questionnaire-based descriptive study.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: An online questionnaire was disseminated through menhavingbabies.com to gay fathers who had previously undergone IVF-GC.
RESULTS: To date, 59 surveys have been completed. Of demographics, the average age was 43.5 years (range 28-56 yrs); the average relationship length was 12.3 years; 79% were legally married (range 3-24%); 18% had a yearly income of $50K-75, 18% from $75K-100K, and 71% >$100,000. Sixty-four percent considered non-IVF options, including adoption, prior to IVF. For planning purposes, 62% reported the IVF-GC process took 1-2 yrs, 33% reported >2 yrs, and 10% reported >3 yrs. For those considering a sibling project, 97% (33/34) knew that cryopreservation would cut costs, but only 58% (19) disappointingly got to freeze. Despite known complications of multifetal pregnancies, 85% purposefully transferred two embryos to increase the “odds” or complete the family unit with one attempt. After birth, one partner informed his employer 95% of the time; both partners informed 85% of the time. In 53% of couples, neither partner received paid parental/family leave, and 77% used vacation time, while 15% of partners weren’t able to take time off. Birth forced 38% to change jobs or careers. For 81%, the estimated cycle cost, including birth and postpartum care, was >$100,000.
CONCLUSIONS: Due to IVF’s financial challenges, gay men often transfer more than one embryo. They also face unique postnatal social challenges including limited paid leave and career changes. These concerns may be addressed by 1) extending infertility benefit coverage to gay men, and 2) more egalitarian parental leave for gay fathers.

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