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Conceiving as a single woman
Women today have the ability to take control of their life and family, designing it in a way that makes them most happy and fulfilled. Women are able to pursue motherhood regardless of having a male spouse through treatments such as IVF or IUI with donor sperm.
Some women may choose to start a family without a male spouse because they have not yet found a suitable partner and don’t want to wait or maybe they just want to be a mother and not a wife. There may be many reasons for wanting to pursue motherhood as a single woman, whatever the reason Western Fertility Institute understands that each scenario is unique and our goal is to guide you and support you on your path to a healthy baby.
Western Fertility Institute has many treatment options available for single women. Once you meet with the physician you will be able to discuss if you will be using a known sperm donor or anonymous donor. Whatever you choose, the physicians at Western Fertility will create a treatment plan that supports your decision of building a family.
Should you need anonymous donor sperm, Western Fertility Institute is here to guide you in the process of finding reputable anonymous donor sperm agencies and who we feel are more than qualified and will help to make your journey of building a family a positive experience.
What Options Are Available to Single Women Who Want to Conceive a Child?
Women have many choices for how to conceive a child. Whether you want to carry the baby yourself or use a surrogate, we can guide you through the different ways you can have a baby. Consider the following.
In order to become pregnant, you will need to use donor sperm. You can choose to ask someone you know to contribute their sperm. Or you can find an anonymous donor through Western Fertility Institute. You can use a lawyer to draw up the proper agreements to protect you and your child as well as your donor.
You may find, during your consultation with our doctor, that you also require a donor egg. We can again aid you with this process, matching you with a donor who meets your needs and assisting you with finding an attorney for the legal documentation.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Also referred to as artificial insemination, IUI is a fast procedure you can undergo in the Western Fertility Institute office in Los Angeles in less than five minutes. You can opt for a donor or anonymous sperm. We take the sperm and insert it into your uterus. Within just two weeks, you can become pregnant.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
IVF, as it’s also known, involves fertilizing an egg outside of the uterus, then transferring it into the uterus to be carried to term.
You can use a range of approaches to this procedure:
- You may employ donor or anonymous sperm.
- You can have one of your eggs harvested for use in IVF, or you can rely on a donor egg.
- You may carry the embryo yourself, or you can rely on a surrogate to do it.
- We can assist you as you sort through your many possibilities. Ask us questions to help determine the right selection.
IUI and IVF are among the most common and straightforward options for single women who want to have a baby and start their family.
Common Questions About Conceiving With IUI As a Single Woman
If you’re thinking about IUI, you probably have a myriad of questions, like “Can you get a sperm donor if you’re single” or “How does IUI work?” We’re here to help.
How does IUI for single women work?
Intrauterine insemination, as explained above, includes choosing a sperm donor or anonymous sperm. The sperm is then inserted into your uterus, potentially leading to pregnancy in a matter of weeks.
It works by placing the sperm cells right into the uterus, cutting down their travel time and increasing their odds of successfully implanting in one of your eggs. IUI is particularly helpful for women who may have had a difficult time conceiving naturally in the past, for any number of factors.
Before your IUI procedure, we may use ovulation-stimulating medicine to help prepare your body as best as possible. We perform the procedure during your window of ovulation, inserting the sperm into the uterus.
An IUI leaves nothing to worry about — the process is quick, simple and typically pain-free. It also tends to be a considerably more affordable option. While IUI does not guarantee pregnancy, success rates are as high as 20% per cycle, making it a wonderful option for a single woman looking to conceive.
Can you get a sperm donor if you're single?
Yes! Single women looking to conceive can become mothers with one of the following kinds of sperm donors:
- A known donor: You may ask someone you know to be your sperm donor. For you, a known donor may offer the most affordable option, plus you the peace of mind of knowing more about the genetic background and disposition of the donor. However, it can be tricky to navigate the legal waters. You’ll want to have firm, documented guidelines in place.
- A directed donor: This involves a known donor who provides sperm in a clinic insemination rather than an at-home insemination. Using a directed donor provides greater legal protection.
- An anonymous donor: This choice involves selecting sperm from a sperm bank. You will not have any information about the identity of the donor because they’ve agreed not to have contact with your future child. This option offers the most legal protection for both parties.
Consider your options and decide which sperm donation scenario feels the most comfortable for you. If you’re looking for guidance, advice, or answers, we are here to provide all the information and answers you could want during this exciting journey to becoming a parent.
How much does IUI cost?
Generally, IUI costs $300 to $800 per cycle. This price will usually not include the cost of your donor sperm.
Common Questions About Conceiving With IVF As a Single Woman
If you’re thinking about IVF for starting your family, you probably have questions too. A few of the most common ones include:
How does IVF for single women work?
In vitro fertilization, as described above, describes a treatment in which the egg becomes fertilized with sperm outside of the body. Before the procedure, you will take medication designed to prepare your body for peak fertility by maturing several of your eggs. This process, called ovulation induction, may take several months before your eggs are ready to be fertilized externally.
Between two and five days after the egg gets fertilized in our clinic, it gets placed back in the uterus. IVF has one of the highest success rates, with a rate of approximately 37-40% for the first cycle of IVF treatment. Typically, success is found in repeated treatments.
After the embryo transfer, you may wait for at least two weeks before taking a pregnancy test to see whether the IVF treatment was successful.
Can a single woman get artificial insemination?
Absolutely! A single woman can have IVF. In no way, shape or form does a relational status determine one’s eligibility to conceive and raise a child.
Instead, IVF for single women provides you with the ability to take charge of your desire to become a mother and make informed decisions about selecting a sperm donor or anonymous sperm. Its comparatively high success rate means that while there are steps to take before and after the embryo transfer, you also have a high chance of achieving your goal to have a baby.
And, with Western Fertility Institute, you will have all the support and care you need every step of the way. We’re here to listen to your needs, offer expert counsel and, together, come up with a plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. With Western Fertility, having IVF as a single woman does not mean you are going it alone.
How much does IVF cost?
IVF costs around $12,000 to $15,000 per cycle. Depending on your insurance coverage, your IVF procedure may cost less.
How Much Does It Cost to Have a Baby on Your Own?
A question many single women considering fertility treatment may have is, “How much does it cost to have a baby on your own?” The answer, of course, varies — there is no one-size-fits-all number associated with conceiving a child. Every case is unique depending upon the treatment plan you select, your location and your insurance plan coverage.
However, there are a few typical costs to consider.
- Donor artificial insemination: Artificial donor insemination costs can range from $300 to $4,000. This broad range depends on factors such as whether you are using a known donor or anonymous sperm.
- IVF: The average cost of IVF differs according to your insurance coverage. If not covered by your plan, prices vary from approximately $12,000 to $15,000 per cycle.
- IUI: IUI costs generally range from $300 to $800 per cycle. This price range typically does not include the cost of donor sperm.
Fertility and conception insurance laws are often governed by state governments rather than by insurance carriers. You’ll likely want to look into your state’s laws for a sense of the financial aspect of these procedures. Feel free to ask any questions along the way, and we will help connect you to any resources you need.
Get the Support You Need Along This Exciting Journey
Choosing to use IVF, IUI or other methods of conception as a single woman may seem daunting. But remember that Western Fertility Institute will be beside you each moment of the way. We talk to you through every single step. We answer your questions, offer reassurance and guide you when you need assistance.
We have helped many women just like you over the years. We understand the burning desire to have a baby, and we will aid you in any way we can. You deserve to fulfill your dream of becoming a mother. The process won’t always be easy, but it may be the most fulfilling thing you experience in your lifetime.