Single Parent Family Building - Northern California Fertility Medical Center

Single Parent Family Building

We’re here to help single men and women on their path to parenthood

SINGLE MEN

Men who are single, but want to pursue parenthood can choose a surrogate with an egg donor and become a father. This allows them to still have a biological connection to their children without having a partner. Single men can also choose embryo donation as an option to parenthood.

Surrogacy/Gestational Carrier

Surrogacy occurs when a woman carries and gives birth to a child for an individual or couple. By doing so, she is compensated for the risk and services she provides. Since the surrogate carries an embryo created from the eggs and sperm of the potential parents, she has no genetic connection to the child. There are several gestational carrier agencies that help couples find a surrogate. Picking a potential surrogate mother is a carefully evaluated process where people can often interact with the candidate in more personal ways through conference calls, person meetings, etc.

Egg Donor

By choosing a reputable egg donor agency, they match patients with a wide variety of donors from diverse backgrounds with many different physical traits. Patients can decide to choose a donor who is anonymous, semi-known or known. An anonymous donor is one you will never meet, a semi-known donor is one who shares limited information, and a known donor can be a friend, relative or stranger chosen through an agency, but are allowed to meet within agreed-upon boundaries. All potential egg donors are recommended to go through an evaluation or screening. Egg donors may receive ovulation stimulating drugs over time and have their eggs removed once they are stimulated.

Embryo Donation

Many women who go through fertility treatment may have several frozen embryos leftover. They can choose to donate them to couples or individuals looking to build a family. Single men can use an embryo donation with a surrogate in order to have a baby. The different types of embryo donations are either known (open) and anonymous donations.

SINGLE WOMEN

More and more women are choosing to move forward building their families without a partner. Sometimes these moms are called “Choice Moms”, they are single women who don’t have a partner, but want to have a child or children. They have several options, including at-home insemination or IUI by choosing a sperm donor.

Known Donor

Women can choose to use a sperm donor in order to still have a baby. Women have the option to get pregnant using sperm from an unknown or known donor.

A known donor is a person that the woman knows and chooses to donate a semen sample. This option is usually less expensive compared to unknown sperm donors since the sperm does not need to be purchased. Although, there are many legal risks and challenges with this option. Most medical clinics recommend patients to meet their potential donor with a mental health professional or attorney who is specialized in that particular field to ensure that all legal issues are handled appropriately.

Unknown Donor

An unknown donor is a person who donates sperm through a sperm bank and can choose to keep their identity anonymous. Sperm donors can’t claim legal rights to the children born through their sperm donation so women don’t have to worry about parental issues in the future. Information regarding the donor’s physical traits, medical history, career, and other information are accessible depending on the sperm bank. Women are aware of any infectious diseases donors may have since the donors are tested beforehand. The medical and reproductive history of the woman is also evaluated before beginning the procedure to ensure that she is matched with the proper type of donor.

Egg Donor

If a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant due to the quality of her eggs, she may use donated eggs from another woman. Choosing a reputable egg donor agency helps match patients with a wide variety of donors from diverse backgrounds. Patients can decide to choose a donor who is anonymous, semi-known, or known. An anonymous donor is one you will never meet, a semi-known donor is one who shares limited information, and a known donor can be a friend, relative or stranger chosen through an agency, but will meet within agreed-upon boundaries. All potential egg donors are recommended to go through an evaluation or screening. Egg donors may receive ovulation stimulating drugs over time and have their eggs removed once they are stimulated.

Egg Freezing

If a woman is not ready to start building her family yet, she may choose to freeze her eggs to help preserve her fertility.  The quality of a woman’s eggs diminishes with age and advanced cryopreservation techniques allow for the safe and successful freezing, storing and thawing of eggs that can be used in the future.

Intrauterine Insemination Procedures

At-Home Insemination

At-Home insemination is a route that women take as an attempt to conceive at home in more relaxed environment than the doctor’s office. Women should take the proper steps to ensure the best chances of a successful pregnancy by having a fertility checkup to address any issues that may negatively impact their reproductive health. By choosing at-home insemination with the aid of a midwife, a woman specialized in pregnancy and childbirth, it may increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. During the procedure, the sperm is placed near the cervix instead of in the uterus through a syringe.

IUI

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the process of placing frozen sperm in a woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation by a reproductive specialist. It is performed at the same time that women are taking ovulation-stimulating drugs. The semen is placed directly in the woman’s uterus through the cervix with a soft catheter and syringe during ovulation. If a woman is using sperm from a sperm bank, it will send a prepared sperm for procedure directly to the doctor’s office. The procedure is very quick and only lasts for a few minutes. There have been higher success rates through IUI compared to at-home insemination since the sperm is placed closer to a woman’s eggs.

Embryo Donation

Many women who go through fertility treatment may have several frozen embryos leftover. They can choose to donate them to research or to couples or individuals looking to build a family. Single women who use embryo donations when they are unable to use their own eggs or do not want their genetics passed onto the baby. The different types of embryo donations are either known (open) and anonymous donations.

If you are ready to start your family, the physicians and staff here at NCFMC are ready to help you on your path to parenthood.

 

*Thank you to our partners at ARC Fertility for providing this content. Learn more about ARC’s Family Building Financing Options

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