Fertility Treatments for Single Women

Many women who long to have a child of their own are able to sit down with their loved one to discuss if they are ready for parenthood. However, that may not be the case for everyone. Single women who want to pursue motherhood may encounter different obstacles concerning how they can go about conceiving without a partner.

Depending on their age, many single women sometimes fear that their biological clock is running out of time. Fortunately, Dr. Saadat can provide single women with several fertility treatment options to make their dream a reality.

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Taking the First Step

Deciding to become a single parent involves serious thought and may include talking with family and close friends. Some of the questions to ask yourself are:

  • Am I emotionally and mentally ready to become a single mother by choice?
  • What strengths do I already possess that can enhance my role as a mother?
  • Do I have a good support system to back me up on this decision?
  • Are my finances able to support a child?
  • Is my living situation suitable for a child?

Once you have determined that you are ready for this journey, and all that it will involve, the next step is scheduling a consultation with your specialist.

Your Treatment Options

Single women who want to achieve their goal of motherhood alone can opt for the following fertilization treatments. This includes intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor sperm or egg/embryo freezing, for fertility preservation.

IUI With Donor Sperm

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm is a safe and effective procedure to help a woman become pregnant. The woman may or may not use ovarian stimulation medication during an IUI. She and the doctor will make this decision based on her medical history and current reproductive health. The woman will use donor sperm (almost always anonymous) that has been “washed” to separate sperm from seminal fluid and any chemicals used in the freezing process. The sperm will then be placed into the uterine cavity (inside of the uterus) when a woman is nearing her ovulation period. The insemination is scheduled to happen a precise number of hours after a trigger shot (if used) is given. The goal of an IUI is to maximize the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes, thereby increasing the chance of fertilization.

IVF With Donor Sperm

In vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor sperm is another treatment used by single women (as well as among couples who need help conceiving). During this procedure, a woman will take ovarian stimulation medication so that she can produce multiple eggs. When the eggs are mature they are retrieved from her body during a short procedure done under IV sedation. The eggs are then fertilized using donor sperm and the resultant embryos are watched closely until they are ready to be transferred. Generally, one embryo is transferred and the remaining embryos can be cryopreserved for future use.

Egg Freezing

Many single women who would like to become mothers but don’t feel ready now have the option of egg freezing. This treatment will safely preserve their fertility by keeping their eggs cryopreserved until the time is right for them. This choice gives a woman more control over when to have a family because the pressure of the “biological clock” is removed. Your specialist will then thaw your eggs and perform a technique known as ICSI to help improve the chances of fertilization. A catheter will be used to insert one or multiple embryos into your uterus after the eggs have developed into multi-cell embryos.

To learn which fertility treatment may be right for you, please contact our office at (310) 929-6707 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Saadat online today! Our team is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.