IVF for Single Mothers
If you are looking to bear a child but don’t have a partner or aren’t interested in one, then IVF provides you with the opportunity to conceive a child through obtaining sperm from a donor of your choosing. IVF is a procedure that is growing more and more effective every year, with refinements to the procedure making it more cost effective and increasing the chances of success.
IVF and single mothers
IVF may be used by women who wish to have a baby on their own without a partner and cannot get pregnant by other means e.g. artificial insemination. Typically IVF is the better option if there is an established fertility problem, and is otherwise a backup if artificial insemination is used.
Under these circumstances you will need to find a sperm donor, either someone you know or an anonymous donor from a sperm bank or fertility clinic. You may find that the waiting list for donors is a long one unless you use private treatments.
The provision of IVF to pregnant mothers actually been made available for free on the NHS in many trusts, the first of these being the Camden Primary Care Trust in London.
Considerations: IVF and single mothers
Whether or not IVF should be provided, particularly on the NHS, to single mothers remains a subject of considerable controversy. Some argue that such a provision is unnecessary when many health trusts struggle to provide IVF for couples with fertility issues, and others back the point that single mothers and couples should be given equal consideration. Many feel that enabling single mothers to bear children through IVF undermines the traditional family model, and that children need a father figure, while others don’t think that that is the case.
An important point to think about if you are a single mother pursuing an IVF pregnancy is that of finances, particularly if you were to opt for private fertility treatment. A few rounds of IVF might be needed before a successful pregnancy, which can cost several thousands of pounds, and after childbirth you will have to bear the cost of raising the child on your own, whilst also having to watch and look after your child by yourself. If you are considering this option, then you should consider the financial implications and see if you have any potential support from friends, family, or day care centres nearby.
- Egg Donation
- How are Eggs Donated?
- Sperm Donation
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Donor Sperm
- Becoming a Sperm Donor
- Donor Embryos
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Donor Embryo Transfer
- How to Donate Embryos
- Importing Sperm, Eggs, and Embryos
- Freezing and Storing Eggs
- Freezing and Storing Sperm
- Freezing & Storing Embryos
- How do I Know if I’m Pregnant?
- Pregnancy: What Happens and How
- The First Trimester
- The Second Trimester
- The Third Trimester
- The End of a Pregnancy and Delivering a New-born
- FERTILITY TREATMENT INFORMATION
- Infertility and its Causes
- What Causes Infertility in Women?
- What Causes Infertility in Men?
- Effect of Smoking on Fertility and Pregnancy
- Fertility and Weight
- Fertility and Diet
- Fertility and Stress
- Fertility and Diabetes
- Toxins and their Effects on Fertility
- Fertility and Eating Disorders
- INFERTILITY OPTIONS
- Fertility Treatment for Same Sex Couples
- Single Mothers Having a Baby
- Infertility Treatments on the NHS
- Assisted Conception on the NHS
- NHS Funding Eligibility in England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland
- Private Infertility Treatment
- Can I Prevent Infertility?
- Specialist Treatment for Infertility
- Choosing a Fertility Clinic
- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
- Reasons for Having IVF
- IVF for Same Sex Couples
- IVF for Single Mothers
- Support and IVF
- IVF Procedure â€“ How is IVF done?
- Is IVF available on the NHS?
- Paying for IVF Privately
- Having IVF Abroad through Medical Tourism
- Success Rates of IVF
- IVF Side Effects & Risks
- IVF and Hyperstimulation Syndrome
- IVF and Ectopic Pregnancies
- IVF and Multiple Births
- IVF and Miscarriage
- Effects of IVF on the Baby
- Ethical Objections to IVF
- ICSI as a Fertility Treatment
- Is ICSI for Me?
- How is ICSI Performed?
- How Successful is ICSI?
- Advantages and Disadvantages of ICSI?
- What is IMSI (Intra-Cytoplasmic Morphologically Selected Sperm Injection)?
- What is PICSI?
- What is Metabolomics?
- Alternatives to IVF
- History and Development of IVF and ICSI
- Fertility Drugs: What Do They Do and Are They For Me?
- Female Fertility Drugs
- Male Fertility Drugs
- What is Artificial Insemination?
- Intra-Cervical Insemination
- Is Intra-Cervical Insemination for me?
- Intrauterine Insemination
- Is Intra-Uterine Insemination For Me?
- Alternatives to Intra-Uterine Insemination
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