The decision to become a single parent isn’t an easy one to make. It may be a choice prompted by not having found a suitable person to start a family with or not being drawn to the idea of a committed relationship but having a strong desire to become a mother or a father. Single parent IVF gives you the chance of fulfilling your dream of having your own biological child. Here’s what you need to know:
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process by which a woman’s eggs are fertilized by a man’s sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized egg is then reintroduced into the womb (uterus) where it continues to grow and develop until time of delivery. If a woman’s uterus has scar tissue or some other medical condition, the fertilized egg can also be transplanted to a surrogate uterus for the proper growth and development of the baby.
Single women undergoing IVF treatment may use donor sperm to fertilize their own eggs. Donor sperm may be obtained from sperm banks directly or through a fertility clinic. If a woman’s eggs are of poor quality, donor eggs can also be used. Older women (above the age of 40 years) generally have a better chance at a successful pregnancy with the use of donor eggs.
For single men, the IVF procedure might involve the use of their own sperm to fertilize a donor egg. In case of poor quantity and quality of sperm, an intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) procedure may be carried out aid in fertilization of the egg. The created embryo may then be carried to term by a surrogate mother (also known as a gestational carrier).
It is important that the egg or sperm donor and gestational carrier undergo a detailed screening process including psychological screening to maximize the chances of success with IVF treatment.
If you are considering the option of becoming a single parent, visit your doctor or a reproductive specialist to find out if IVF treatment may be a suitable option for you.
ReproMed Fertility Center offers personalized fertility treatments in four convenient locations in the Dallas metroplex and one in Tyler. Please contact us at (214) 827-8777 for all appointments and information.