Nowadays, women are more independent and autonomous in their own lives. For this reason, it is not surprising that single women take their fate into their own hands and decide to have a child, even without a partner. At our clinic we have also observed an increase in single women undergoing fertility treatment. In total, single women make up about 10% of all our patients.
Thanks to progress in the field of assisted reproduction, it is now possible to have a child as a single woman without any problems. The existing family models are therefore constantly changing.
Who are the single women who decide to become mothers?
A woman who wants to become a mother knows that she is faced with a vital decision and that hard times are coming, because raising a child alone is not easy. However, she also knows that she will give so much love and care to this child that she/he will lack for nothing. Because single mothers are strong and independent women who know exactly what they want. Most of them are well educated women who have both feet firmly on the ground, both professionally and economically, and who only want to have a child in order to be completely happy. Many of these women count with a network of people, consisting of family and friends, who support them in bringing up the child.
What treatment options are available for single women?
In order to choose the right treatment method, a thorough analysis of the future mother’s fertility is necessary, as not all treatment methods are equally suitable for all patients.
Below we list the most popular fertility treatments among single women:
Artificial insemination is a simple, non-invasive technique in which a sperm sample previously prepared in the laboratory is inserted into the woman’s uterus at the time of ovulation. In this way, fertilisation takes place naturally in the woman’s body (contrary to in vitro fertilisation).
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the fertilisation of eggs in the laboratory. To obtain the eggs, the woman is stimulated and the eggs are then retrieved. In the case of single women, the sperm of an anonymous donor is used to fertilise the eggs.
In the 5-6 days after the fertilisation, the emryos develop in the laboratory (until the blastocyst stage). Thanks to the modern EmbryoScope incubator, these embryos have stable development conditions and do not need to be removed to be assessed. Since the EmbryoScope takes a photo every few minutes, biologists have precise information about the embryonal development and can select the best embryo for transfer. This procedure significantly increases the implantation rate and thus the chances of pregnancy.
These two fertility treatments mentioned above are among the most popular treatments among single women. There are also other options such as egg donation (the use of other women eggs) or embryo donation (the adoption of non-transferred embryos from other patients). (link campaña)
What is the course of the treatment?
The first step towards fulfilling your desire to have a child would be the initial consultation at our clinic, where all the necessary tests are carried out (blood tests, ultrasound and cytological smear test). During this first visit, the fertility of the woman is assessed (the quantity and quality of eggs). Both the quality of the eggs and the ovarian reserve decrease with increasing age (especially beginning by the age of 35). The assessment of female fertility during the initial consultation is extremely important for the success of the treatment. Factors such as age, number of antral follicles and AMH value are analysed.
Unfortunately, the decision to have a child on your own is often made at the age of 38 or later. The chance of becoming pregnant with your own eggs at this age is unfortunately quite low. Nevertheless, we carry out all the necessary tests to determine which treatment method suits the patient’s needs best.
How is the sperm donor selected?
Sperm donation is defined as an act of solidarity, altruism and anonymity. Spanish law makes the anonymity of the donor compulsory, so that neither the donor nor the child can ever know the identity of each other. All donors undergo numerous tests and examinations to ensure that they are healthy and have the best sperm quality. The donor is selected on the basis of the mother’s physical characteristics: size, eye, hair and skin colour.
If you want to become a single mother
Thanks to the assisted reproduction, more and more women nowadays decide to raise a child on their own. This is not an easy, but a very brave decision which changes one´s life for ever.
At IVF-Spain Madrid we have the best fertility professionals to help you to achieve your dream.
Once you have made the decision to become a single mother, our specialists are at your disposal at all times. We will help you to take the first step and go all the way with you and help you to become the mother of a beautiful baby.