Single Women Options
Barbados Fertility Centre is a progressive and impartial innovative fertility clinic, our caring and supportive staff are committed to offering all our patients the best chance of having a baby regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation. We have long been treating single women who want to start a family and have helped many of them to realize that dream.
Reproductive options for single women
The first step is ALWAYS a correct Diagnosis & fertility assessment.
An accurate understanding of your fertility is key, and we have invested in the highest levels of technology and expertise to accurately predict your chances of getting pregnant and make recommendations for improving or preserving your fertility. The doctor will take your medical history, request several tests to assess your ovarian reserve, check your womb and tubes for obstructions. With all these information, our doctors will be able to tell you your fertility status and advise you on how to optimize your chances. Other more complex diagnostic investigations can be prescribed if required.
Artificial Insemination with Donor Sperm
In the vast majority of cases reproductive options for single women involves sperm donation.
Donor insemination is a simple procedure, which requires the pre-selection of frozen sperm from a sperm bank, or from a known sperm donor. A known sperm donor will normally require a full panel of infectious disease screening before sperm can be deemed eligible for insemination.
There are many sperm banks that we work with where you can select your anonymous donor. These banks boast an extensive list of screened anonymous sperm donors to include information such as ethnic background, body build, eye and hair colour, skin tone as well as education, profession and hobbies, among other details and attributes.
The chosen donor sperm is purchased in vials, and can be stored and thawed as required. Insemination can be performed during a natural menstrual cycle, or a cycle in which ovulation is enhanced by oral medication or injectable ovulation induction agents. These medications can significantly increase pregnancy success and often shorten the duration of treatment.
Combining sperm donation with assisted reproductive technology
In vitro fertilization (IVF) may be performed in women of advanced reproductive age or those experiencing tubal factor or other types of infertility. In IVF a woman’s ovaries are stimulated with hormone injections to induce the growth of multiple eggs at once. This is followed by an egg harvesting procedure, which is conducted trans-vaginally with ultrasound guidance and under sedation. The eggs are then fertilized with the donor sperm to create embryos, which are transferred into the recipient’s uterus three to five days later. IVF is safe and very effective, giving the best success rates compare to any other fertility treatment. IVF is for some women the only option, or can be indicated when IUI is unsuccessful, or it can be the first choice simply for geographic reasons or to get the best and quickest results.
Egg freezing empowers women to keep their fertility options open and offers the possibility of starting a family when they are ready without worrying about their biological clock. Many women find this a reassuring step to take.
This process required the same ovarian stimulation used in IVF to induce multiple eggs growth simultaneously. These eggs are then retrieved and stored at our clinic until the time is right to have a child.
Women may also choose to freeze their eggs if they are about to undergo medical treatment that may affect fertility.