Single women

Single women

Single women

IVI offer a range of treatments for single women that wish to have a baby using assisted reproduction. The supportive clinic staff will guide you through the process with a view to fulfilling your goal of becoming a mother.

The most common treatments performed for single women are intrauterine insemination (IUI) using semen from a donor or in vitro fertilisation (IVF), egg and sperm donation or the donation of pre-embryos.

What sort of information can I obtain about the sperm donor?

When finding a donor, the clinic can provide only non-identifiable information such as:

  • a physical description of the donor (height, weight, eye and hair colour)
  • the year and country of the donor’s birth
  • the donor’s ethnicity
  • whether the donor had any children at time of donation, how many and their gender
  • the donor’s marital status
  • the donor’s medical history
  • a goodwill message from the donor to any potential children.

 

When the child turns 18, he or she can request the donor’s contact information. Before that, at 16, the child (or the parent on their behalf) can access the donor’s non-identifiable information.

Can I use sperm from a known donor?

Yes, the process will be the same as with an unknown donor. We recommend that you use a clinic licensed by the HFEA. Read more about the legal aspects on the HFEA website (http://www.hfea.gov.uk/patient-questions-parenthood-law.html)

A known donor will need to go through the same test and screening procedures as all other donors.

Can I have more than one baby from the same donor?

If you are thinking about having more than one baby and would like them to share the same biological father, please let us know in advance. Some donors put restrictions on the number of times their sperm can be used.

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