Single parents have a variety of options for building their families. The first step for all individuals is to meet with one of our physicians for a New Patient Consultation. At this appointment, the patient will discuss their goals and set a treatment plan with their physician.
Women who would like to build their families through donor sperm (known or anonymous) have a variety of treatment options.
IUI with Donor Sperm: Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) takes place when donor sperm is placed into the women’s uterus through a small catheter while the woman is ovulating.
IVF with Donor Sperm: An In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycle consists of four basic steps:
- Ovarian stimulation
- Egg retrieval
- Fertilization and embryo development
- Pre Implantation Genetic Screening (elective)
- Embryo transfer
During the ovarian stimulation phase, medications are administered to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. The eggs are then retrieved and fertilized with the donor sperm in the laboratory. One or two of the resulting embryos are transferred back into the uterus (or, if the patient is using a gestational carrier, the healthy embryo(s) are transferred into the carrier.)
Using Donor Egg and Donor Sperm: Some patients may need to use both donor eggs and donor sperm. The donor egg and donor sperm will be used to make embryos, that can be transferred back into the patient or a gestational carrier.
Patients will discuss the options with their physician at the initial consultation and decide on the optimal family building plan. Some questions they will need to decide include:
–Using a known egg donor versus an anonymous egg donor
-Using a paid gestational carrier (found through an agency) versus a friend or family member
– Using their own sperm versus using donor sperm (if medically necessary)
Although the process may seem complicated and involved, the staff of FSMG is here to assist and guide patients through each step of the process.