Fertility Treatment Options for Single Women
Fertility treatments are widely recognized as a solution for couples struggling with various causes of infertility. While this is a common reason for people to undergo treatment at our fertility clinic, The Center for Reproductive Medicine, it is not the only one.
Led by Dr. Janelle Dorsett, our fertility clinic caters to a wide range of patients. Our services give patients of all backgrounds the opportunity to start, or build on to, their family on their own terms. Here, we go over fertility treatment options for single women that are available at our Lubbock, TX, practice.
If a single woman wants to start a family without a male partner, one of the most effective fertility treatments is intrauterine insemination, or IUI. IUI, which is also often referred to as artificial insemination, is a minimally invasive procedure that offers high success rates.
To undergo IUI treatment, single women will need to use donor sperm. Women can either ask someone they know to be a donor, or select a donor from a donor bank. Although donors from a sperm bank are anonymous, women can review information such as the donor’s appearance, their level of education, their interests, and personality traits.
After a sperm donor has been selected, our Lubbock patients can proceed with IUI treatment. On the day of their IUI procedure, concentrated sperm is inserted through the vagina and cervical opening and into the uterus with the assistance of a thin catheter. After the sperm is inserted, the patient lies on her back for a short time. When treatment is complete, patients can resume their usual activities. Two weeks after treatment, we perform a pregnancy test to determine if the procedure was a success.
In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is another effective fertility treatment for single women. As with IUI, single women need to work with a sperm donor to undergo IVF treatment. IVF treatment is a multi-stage procedure that involves collecting eggs and fertilizing them in a laboratory setting, before transferring resulting embryos into the mother’s (or a surrogate’s) uterus. Because this is a more complex procedure than IUI, it is usually recommended to those of our Lubbock patients who are experiencing fertility issues, or those who are undergoing treatment with eggs that they have previously frozen.
Egg freezing is a good option for single women who are planning to have children in the future. This procedure allows women to preserve eggs until they feel ready to have children. Egg freezing has become increasingly popular as more women wait to have children later in life.
To prepare for egg freezing, patients undergo ovarian stimulation. Ovarian stimulation uses fertility medication to encourage the production of multiple mature eggs. At the time of ovulation, eggs are retrieved through a minimally invasive procedure. A small needle and thin catheter are passed through the vaginal wall, and light suction is used to collect the eggs. Collected eggs are quickly cooled to subzero temperatures. Frozen eggs can be used in future IVF cycles.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are a single woman who is ready to start a family, or if you are interested in planning for a family in the future, the team of fertility specialists at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine can help. To discuss your fertility treatment options with Dr. Janelle Dorsett, call (806) 788-1212 to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.