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Options for Single Women

Fertility Treatment options for single women

Have you always pictured yourself as a mum? Why wait? Increasingly more single women are choosing to start families on their own. Through access to donor sperm and assisted reproductive technology single women can fulfill their dream of having a baby.

If you are considering the possibility of becoming a single parent, IVF Australia can offer you a range of treatment options and our experienced team can guide and support you through the process.

If you’re not ready to start a family just yet, you might consider freezing your eggs to help preserve your fertility and give you a greater chance of pregnancy success in the future.

What are the treatment options for single women?

If you are ready to start a family your fertility treatment options include:

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

An IUI procedure is where the sperm is placed into the uterus via a small tube just prior to ovulation.

However sperm quality and quantity varies amongst donors and not all donor sperm can be used for an IUI procedure. An alternative approach is

In vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

IVF is a treatment where fertility medications are used to prompt a larger number of eggs to grow (usually 5-10). These eggs are removed from the ovaries and combined with the donated sperm in the laboratory via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where an individual sperm is injected directly into the egg. The embryo develops in the laboratory for 2-5 days before being transferred back to the woman.

To help determine the most suitable treatment for you, book an appointment with a fertility specialist to discuss your reproductive health and the quality of the donated sperm.

How do I access Donor Sperm?

You can use sperm donated by someone you know or select one of our de-identified donors that we have recruited locally and from overseas.

Choosing your sperm donor

If you decide to use de-identified sperm through our donor program you will be given access to our password protected website which holds a database of all the donors that are currently available to choose from. Here you will be able to view in-depth questionnaires written by your donor about themselves and their families including physical attributes, medical history and a message about why they have decided to make this altruistic gift.

What are the costs involved?

Medicare will only provide a rebate for fertility treatment if there is a medical problem. It is recommended that you consult a fertility specialist for a full investigation to understand if you are eligible for a rebate.

In addition to any treatment cycle fees, you should expect to cover the following additional fees:

If using a clinic recruited donor:

  • Australian Donor access fee             $725
  • American Donor access fee             $1,200

If using a known sperm donor the preparation cost is $1780, this includes counselling for the donor, sperm testing, some genetic testing, freezing of the first donation and storage of the donation for the first six months. Other costs include the sperm donor’s out-of-pocket expenses for medical consultations, and any tests requested by the specialist that are not preparation costs as above.

Video: Single woman using donor sperm

Single woman using donor sperm

Hear how single mum Kirsten, achieved her dream of having a baby with the help of IVF Australia's donor program. 

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What's next?

To find out more about fertility treatment options for single women call 1800 111 483 or email us.

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