Fertility Treatments for Single Women
Single women come to CNY Fertility for many reasons. Most commonly though, single women seek fertility treatment at CNY Fertility to pursue motherhood and start a family using donor sperm coupled with an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI – aka artificial insemination) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or to preserve their future fertility through egg freezing.
Fertility Treatments for soon to be Moms
At CNY Fertility, we believe motherhood is beautiful in any form it takes. There is no one definition of what motherhood is and have seen many single women raise wonderful children through our decades of experience at CNY. Simply put, if you want to have a child, we will help you achieve your dreams of becoming a mother. Still, we understand that becoming a parent regardless of your relationship status can be stressful and particularly so for singles; fortunately, we have many support avenues to help guide you through your treatment.
At CNY Fertility, we have many treatment plans available for single women looking to start or expand their families. We work with every NY State approved sperm bank and any known donor (someone you personally know). Besides finding a sperm donor, there are generally two paths to motherhood for single women.
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI), commonly referred to as artificial insemination is a relatively simple procedure whereby the donor sperm is cleaned, concentrated, loaded into a catheter and gently passed through the cervix to be deposited into the uterus.
- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a more advanced fertility treatment in which eggs will be taken out of the ovaries, fertilized and grown in a laboratory, and subsequently placed back in the uterus. IVF is more costly on the per cycle basis but offers higher chances of success per cycle.
- Donor Egg IVF is an option that some single women turn to due to age, diminished ovarian reserve, or after multiple failed IVF of unknown reasons. In a donor egg cycle, a young fertile female will go ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval (the first half of the IVF process) after which the eggs will be fertilized by donor sperm, grown in a lab, and transferred into the recipient’s uterus.
Determining which treatment is right for you will be largely up to you, but also guided by your physician after performing some necessary testing. As a single woman, there may be no real reason to suspect infertility, but given that roughly 1/8 homosexual couples experience infertility it is possible that testing reveals something that would contraindicate an IUI (like having blocked tubes).
With all the knowledge we now have about the effect of age on female fertility, many women are smartly choosing to preserve their fertility as a way of proactively planning for the future. Most women freeze their eggs so they can focus on their career, undergo life-saving but fertility damaging medical treatments like chemotherapy, or find mister/misses right without worrying about their ability to have children in the future.
It’s important to understand that egg freezing does not guarantee a child in the future but is a great safety measure, a backup plan, or insurance in case you are unable to get pregnant naturally when you are ready.
Cost of Fertility Treatment for Single Women
The cost of treatment varies greatly by the type of treatment one is undergoing, diagnosis, and a host of other factors that are best discussed with a reproductive endocrinologist. We recommend exploring industry averages for the cost of IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, and Egg Freezing against our own pricing here.