In recent years we have seen the rise of single women seeking IVF to assist them in having a baby. The reasons for choosing to be a single mum are wide and varied but what we find is that the modern-day woman is now able to do more independently, whether that’s developing and prioritising a career, traveling, studying or just becoming financially independent. Women now find themselves able to confidently and competently make decisions about their lives and more often that now includes having a baby.
Historically single women have felt intimidated to approach IVF clinics for support. Some clinics have had rules that only married couples can seek IVF services but in time that has changed and GSA and Dr Potter certainly support and help everyone of all social structures to achieve their dream of having their very own healthy baby boy or girl.
Understanding the biological clock
Modern women now understand their biological clock better than women in the past. There is more information readily available so women are well versed in understanding that there is not an infinite time to have a baby. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have. As she ages the eggs age with her and the number and quality of the eggs decrease with time. Fertility for women generally starts to drop in the 30’s and more so after 35. By the age of 40 a woman has a less than 5% chance of falling pregnant each cycle.
If you are thinking about having a baby independently you are not alone and many women find themselves in this situation. At all different ages, women find they want to have a baby but they don’t have a partner. Fortunately, there are many options available and times have changed so you don’t necessarily need a partner to create a beautiful new life and to be an amazing mother and provider to a little bundle of joy!
Having a baby on your own can be liberating, exciting and daunting all at the same time. Often women worry about how they may raise a little boy or girl on their own. It is also not uncommon to have a preference, as they feel they can offer more to one particular gender based on their own personal experiences.
What does the process look like?
To enable you to fall pregnant you would use In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). IVF treatment involves using medication to stimulate the growth of a large number of eggs which are then removed through the egg retrieval process. The eggs are then fertilised using donor sperm. The precious embryos then grow and develop for five days before being tested for gender, chromosomes and abnormalities, before having the strongest and healthiest embryo transferred. Dr Potter partners with trusted sperm banks and will help you select a donor that is right for you.
Unlike undergoing IVF in Australia where the access to sperm donors is very low, an advantage and often one of the deciding factors of seeing Dr Potter is there is a large pool of sperm donors meaning you can choose the donor that has the attributes you are seeking.
Planning for the future
You may not quite be ready to start your family or maybe you’re not ready to go it alone but want the reassurance that when you meet your partner your eggs are of the best quality. Freezing your eggs is a way of preserving your fertility. Your eggs are collected and stored for the future. You can then either choose a sperm donor or if you do have a partner, have the eggs fertilised with your partner’s sperm. Freezing your eggs takes the pressure off – your eggs don’t age in the freezer so you know when you are ready you will have a much higher chance of success falling pregnant.
If you are thinking about having a baby in the future and want to understand your options please contact us directly by calling 1300 GENDER or email [email protected].