This is a time for men to get out there and get overdue health screenings, check out health fairs and take some time to learn about ways to achieve your best health! This month is also a time to engage in outreach activities that spotlight health and fitness to motivate you to get those routine checkups and timely treatment for your health concerns. Focusing on preventable health issues by encouraging early detection and treatment can make a big difference. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these are issues all men should be aware of to ensure the best health.
Better Men’s Health
Since heart disease is the number one killer of men, eat more fruits and vegetables, watch your weight and get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. See your doctor for regular check-ups to fix issues before they get big. Giving up a tobacco habit and drinking in moderation is an effective way to feel your best. And if you are struggling with your mental health, now’s a good time to seek help and a happier you is a healthier you!
Celebrating Pride Month
Pride Month offers you the chance to attend events to meet others who feel that their sexual identity falls outside the mainstream arena, and everyone is welcome! The term LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons. Pride Month events allow you to publicly embrace who you are and feel supported and seen. You’ll notice tons of rainbow everything during this month-long celebration. Whether you’re at rallies, parades, parties, workshops, concerts or at commemorations and memorials for those who lost their lives to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, you can express yourself freely. Pride month embraces everyone wanting to celebrate sexual diversity. You can dress up with cool costumes, makeup, and even glitter to help you shine your light to the world. If you have been wanting to meet like-minded people focused on acceptance and love, Pride Month is a great time to do just that. This can help those seeking gay marriage and the adoption of transgender rights.
Male Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization
If you are a gay man and want to expand your family with your own biological child, there are fertility options for you and your partner, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), egg donation and working with a gestational carrier. In-Vitro Fertilization offers the greatest per cycle success of any fertility treatment out there. You will need an egg donor to provide her eggs along with a gestational carrier to carry the pregnancy.
First, you and your partner will need to have a consultation with one of our reproductive specialists to review your medical history, diagnostic testing, potential treatment, and financial options. Next, you will need more diagnostic testing to assess the fertility level of yourself and your partner. Consulting with legal counsel is an important step to ensure protections under the law and once your egg donor and gestational surrogate are selected treatment can begin. Your egg donor will need medication to stimulate the maturation of multiple eggs. Then our fertility specialist will retrieve the eggs so our embryologist can fertilize them with your sperm or your partners. Once your sperm fertilizes the eggs they will create embryos that are grown in a lab. That’s when we can transfer one of those embryos into your gestational carrier’s uterus who can then carry your child and ultimately birth your baby.
We Can Help
Our Utah Fertility Center team is here to help you create the family you have always wanted and support gay men (and women)
seeking to conceive. We are proud to offer our gay and lesbian community the opportunity to achieve your dreams of being a family. We welcome your questions and invite you to call 801-785-5100. We are also excited to schedule a consultation with one of our reproductive endocrinologists.