Become a mother: Fertility treatments for single women
Many women grow up dreaming of motherhood, but life sometimes gets in the way. If you’re a single woman thinking about having a baby on your own, there’s no reason you can’t make your dream come true. Our Nevada fertility doctors offer several fertility treatments for single women that can help you become a mother without a partner, no matter what your age.
Our fertility specialists provide a wide range of services for single women, from diagnostic testing to advanced treatment options.
- Information and resources to help you secure donor sperm
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- In vitro fertilization (IVF) with your own eggs or donor eggs
- Egg freezing to extend your fertile window
Fertility treatments for single women of all ages
The process begins with a thorough workup to measure your fertility and establish a treatment plan. Fertility testing will include an assessment of your medical history, a physical exam and blood and ultrasound testing to gauge your ovarian reserve and ensure that your reproductive organs are functioning normally. Based on this information, your physician will explain which fertility treatments will give you the best chance of success.
For women with adequate egg supply and no other fertility issues, your Nevada fertility doctors typically recommend insemination (IUI) with donor sperm. You will prepare for your IUI by taking medication that will help your ovaries create multiple eggs. Once your eggs are mature, our laboratory will prepare the donor sperm to be transferred directly into your uterus through a thin catheter passed through the cervix. Because IUI has about a 15% to 20% success rate per cycle, you may need several treatment cycles to get pregnant.
If testing reveals a fertility issue, your fertility specialist will determine the best treatment approach to overcome it. For some women, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with donor sperm is necessary, while others may need to consider using IVF with both donor eggs and donor sperm. In an IVF cycle, medications are used to stimulate production of multiple eggs, which are then retrieved through an outpatient procedure under light anesthesia. The eggs are fertilized with donor sperm in our laboratory and nurtured in culture media to grow into embryos. Then one is selected for transfer while the others are frozen for future use. Or, all of the embryos are frozen to allow for preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and the screened embryos can then be thawed and transferred.
If you’re not ready to have a baby right now, but want some reassurance that your eggs will still be available when you need them, egg freezing can preserve your fertility until you’re ready to move forward with family-building. This process is similar to IVF, but instead of fertilizing the eggs immediately after retrieval, they can be cryopreserved for months, years or decades.
Using donor sperm
Nothing is more important to our Nevada fertility doctors than your safety. To ensure that our fertility treatments for single women meet the highest safety and ethical standards, we provide a concierge service that can refer you to multiple licensed agencies (also known as sperm banks) to help you find the perfect sperm donor.
If a friend has agreed to provide donor sperm, we will provide all necessary medical screening and fertility testing to protect you and maximize the chances for a successful pregnancy.
To learn more about fertility treatments for single women, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our Nevada fertility doctors.