Fertility Options for Single Women
Single women attend Waterstone Clinic for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are to pursue single motherhood using donor sperm for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) or to protect their fertility by freezing eggs.
Getting started is simple. The first step is to schedule your fertility assessments and consultation with one of our fertility specialists. At your consultation, we will review your current fertility potential and discuss all the options with you.
Single Mothers by Choice
We have helped hundreds of women become single mothers by choice through our donor sperm programme. Following your fertility investigations (link) and taking into account your individual situation, the clinician will recommend a treatment. Usually, this is either IUI treatment or IVF treatment. Some patients decide to freeze embryos as a fertility preservation method.
Choosing a Sperm Donor
As part of the Donor Sperm programme, patients will work with the Donor Sperm Coordinator to use the sperm banks’ databases to choose a donor. Waterstone Clinic uses sperm from identifiable donors from Cyros International Sperm Bank, the European Sperm Bank and American banks.
The donor database offers profiles of the donors, including demographics (i.e., hair colour, height, race, etc.) and extended profiles provided by the donor.
Fertility Preservation: Egg Freezing
Egg freezing is a way of proactively planning to protect your fertility. When you are not in the right situation to try for your family right away, egg freezing offers a way to preserve your fertility and protect your fertility potential.
Age is the single most important factor that affects fertility. As time passes, fertility declines and it can become difficult to conceive. The right time will vary from person to person and depend on your personal circumstances and life plans, but the younger you are when you freeze your eggs, the more likely you are to have a greater number of eggs to freeze, which increases the chance of a successful outcome from treatment if the eggs are required later on.