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Pride Month: Supporting LGBTQ+ Family Building

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A significant portion of the US population, around 5%, identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Awareness of the social, emotional, and mental health challenges accompanying self-identification as lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual, or queer is increasing. However, it's crucial for those outside the community to recognize how this impacts individuals' paths to creating families.

For many LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, fertility assistance is essential. Discussions about donors (egg and sperm) and surrogates (also known as gestational carriers) are common, as are decisions about known versus anonymous donors.

Educating ourselves about these concepts is vital for supporting, empathizing with our LGBTQ+ peers, and being an ally. Family building is a pivotal aspect of many people's lives, and understanding these complexities can provide better insight into the experiences of our loved ones, friends, classmates, or colleagues.

We take pride in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, offering a safe space to discuss family building goals. Additionally, we're dedicated supporters of our local LGBTQ+ Center of OC in their efforts to uplift and empower the Orange County community.

Author
Nidhee Sachdev, MD, FAOCG Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Nidhee Sachdev, MD has trained among the most prestigious and diverse medical programs in the country, including fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the prestigious New York University (NYU) Langone Fertility Center in New York City where she conducted research on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she earned the academic distinction of chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology, and trained under a top recurrent pregnancy loss expert. Dr. Sachdev is passionate about providing individualized, collaborative patient care. She started her medical career right here in Orange County, earning her Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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