Posted on: April 4, 2012
The concept of a family has evolved, and many single women today are ready for the emotional and financial responsibilities of motherhood. If you wish to raise a child as a single parent, then you may want to know about the medical options for conceiving which are available to you. A consultation with a reproductive specialist can be the first step to realizing your dream of becoming a parent.
The reproductive clinic you choose may recommend pre-treatment counseling and testing. This is done to ensure that you and your body are ready for pregnancy. Also, some patients may need care for specific conditions, such as ovulation problems or endocrine imbalances, before they begin the procedures.
Fertility specialists can also direct you to the proper resources for obtaining an anonymous sperm sample. Using a known sperm donor is another option, though this choice does create additional legal and personal considerations. Once obtained, the sperm specimen can be used for artificial insemination procedures. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is an affordable and relatively simple process where the sperm is prepared by a lab and then injected into the uterus.
If you have fertility issues, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may be recommended. During IVF, eggs from your ovaries are fertilized in the lab and transferred to the uterus as embryos. You may be asked to take hormone-stimulating medications in combination with IVF or IUI.
The process of becoming pregnant involves emotional challenges, so you will want to gather support from close friends and family during the journey. If you wish to be a single mother by choice, we invite you to visit IVF-Orange, where we’re committed to caring for each patient’s personalized needs.