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What Is IVF like When You're Single?

Posted in IVF | Tagged Single parent IVF, IUI, IVF, recurrent pregnancy loss, Endometriosis, PGD October 27, 2016

Single parent IVF refers to when a single woman undergoes in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment with the aid of a sperm donor. Typically, when a single woman wishes to build her family with a sperm donor, she will first use intrauterine (artificial) insemination (IUI) to deposit the donated sperm directly into her uterus during ovulation.

In cases where IUI has been unsuccessful or if a medical condition or infertility diagnosis prevents the use of IUI, then IVF is the next course of treatment.

When would I need IVF over IUI?
• Failed IUI
• Recurrent miscarriage
• Damaged fallopian tubes
• Endometriosis
• Inherited genetic diseases

Every patient -- regardless of whether they are pursuing single parent IVF or IVF as a couple -- will have a different reason why they need third-party reproductive services. IVF is not typically a go-to treatment unless a diagnosis has determined that it offers the best possible chance for a successful pregnancy. Your fertility specialist can provide an in-depth analysis on whether you are an ideal candidate for single parent IVF.

There are many reasons why a single woman would choose to undergo IVF with a sperm donor in order to build her family. Perhaps she had decided she is ready to build her family now, regardless of her relationship status. Perhaps she faces concerns about age and female fertility. The reasons are personal and Fertility Solutions supports our patients’ choices. We work with growing families of all shapes and sizes, and we welcome anyone who is starting their journey to parenthood.

How do I find a sperm donor for single parent IVF?
Single women seeking a sperm donor have two options. They can work with a directed, or “known,” sperm donor, or they can select an anonymous, or “unknown,” sperm donor. A directed sperm donor is someone you know, such as a family member or close friend, who has agreed to donate sperm. An anonymous sperm donor is someone who you do not know, such as a donor you select from a sperm bank. Fertility Solutions recommends researching your local sperm bank options prior to selecting a sperm donor. Our team can provide a recommendation if you’d like. Contact Fertility Solutions today to learn more.

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