Fertility Treatment Options for Single Women
Los Angeles Reproductive Center is a state-of-the-art fertility center that helps couples and single individuals realize their dreams of parenthood. The board-certified fertility doctors at our center have helped numerous patients in Encino, Bakersfield, and the greater Los Angeles, CA, area.
If you are a woman without a partner who would like to have children, our fertility specialists can help. There are many fertility treatments for single women that are safe and effective. Let’s go over some of the most common options below.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most popular and common fertility treatment at most reproductive centers. During IVF, viable eggs are harvested so they can be fertilized in a lab. After embryos have developed, they are transferred to a woman’s uterus to be carried to term.
For single women, a sperm donor is used to fertilize the eggs. Patients will be able to select their donor based on their physical characteristics, general wellness, education level, and other important factors.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most common forms of artificial insemination. During the IUI procedure, a catheter is used so that sperm can be injected into the uterus. This increases the chances of successful fertilization.
As with IVF, donor sperm is used as part of the fertilization process. Patients can select their donor based on various criteria.
If a single woman is unable to provide viable eggs of her own, she can use donor eggs in order to have a child. These donor eggs come from healthy, fertile young women. Like sperm donors, a patient can select an egg donor based on characteristics such as physical appearance, education level, and fitness.
The donor eggs will be used as part of an IVF procedure, with the resulting embryo transferred to the patient’s uterus.
If a single woman is unable to carry a child to term on her own, she may pick a gestational surrogate. A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a child to term for another couple or individual. An IVF procedure is performed to transfer the embryo to the surrogate.
Surrogacy is an ideal option if there is a risk of pregnancy loss or other adverse health effects.
Egg Freezing and Fertility Preservation
If you are unsure about having children right now, there are ways to preserve your fertility. A single woman may wish to preserve her eggs for future use. Thanks to modern cryopreservation, fertility specialists can preserve a woman’s eggs for much later in life. The same techniques can be used to preserve embryos.
Egg freezing is typically a good option for single women who are unable to be a parent at the moment. It’s also a good option for women who may be waiting to find the right partner later in life.
Helping You Make the Right Fertility Decision
There are many fertility options for single women which can make it difficult to pick one that is just right. During the consultation process with our board-certified fertility specialists, we will be sure to answer all of your questions and address your concerns. We want you to make the right decision for your needs and goals.
Contact Our Fertility Specialists
To learn more about the many fertility treatment options available to women, it’s important to schedule a consultation with our fertility specialists. We encourage you to contact Los Angeles Reproductive Center online or reach us by phone at (818) 946-8051.