Solo Parents

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Fertility treatment options for solo parents

Many people choose to become solo parents for a variety of reasons. Whether using known donor sperm or anonymous donor sperm, we support you and help you try and achieve your family. Dr Tash also offers egg combined with sperm donation. Fertility treatment options for solo parents to consider include:

Donor eggs and sperm

Through City Fertility, donor eggs and sperm are available. Dr Tash will guide you with the process. People may also have known egg and sperm donors.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is a complex process whereby a woman agrees to bear a child for another person or persons, who will become the child’s parent after birth.

Egg and sperm freezing

Fertility declines after the age of 35 years. Many people do not find a suitable partner until after this age which makes it harder to conceive. Many people are becoming more aware of this and are becoming proactive by freezing their eggs before this age. Egg freezing does not guarantee a baby.

Sperm banking involves preserving (freezing) semen for assisted reproductive procedures. 

Fertility treatments for solo parents

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a treatment for infertility. IUI involves placing sperm into the uterus. IUI gives the sperm a head start in entering the womb, but will still have to reach and fertilize the egg on its own.

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To find out more about our fertility treatments for solo parents, please book an appointment with Dr Andreadis.

What are the indications for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)?

IUI is a fertility treatment indicated for couples with conditions such as unexplained infertility, abnormal sperm count or mobility, cervical problems and ejaculatory dysfunction. IUI is also used in single women and LGBTQ patients.

What is the process of IUI?
  • Ovulation (release of an egg) is monitored via ultrasounds and blood tests. This is done using ultrasounds and blood tests.
  • Dr Andreadis may ask you to take medication to stimulate the ovaries and to improve egg production and chances of pregnancy.
  • A semen sample is provided washed and prepared.
  • There are higher chances of conceiving if a highly concentrated sample of healthy sperm is used.
What does the procedure involve?

There is minimal discomfort and it is completed in a short time. IUI are usually performed a day or two after ovulation is identified. A speculum is inserted into the vagina (just like a pap smear). A soft catheter is used to place the sperm into the uterus. You may want to discuss inserting the speculum yourself with Dr Andreadis if you have any concerns.

What are the risks and complications of Ovulation Induction?

IUI is relatively safe and is not associated with serious complications; however, certain risks may occur such as infection and vaginal bleeding due to the placement of the catheter inside the uterus.

IUI by itself may not be associated with a risk of multiple pregnancies. However, when coupled with ovulation inducing medication, there may be a higher risk of multiple pregnancies.

In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

In vitro fertilisation(IVF) is a form of assisted reproduction. This revolutionary combination of medicine and technology has helped create millions of healthy babies since the late 1970s.

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To find out more about our fertility treatments for solo parents, please book an appointment with Dr Andreadis.

What are the indications IVF?

The most common indications for patients requiring IVF include:

  • Infertility, including:
    • Unexplained infertility
    • damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
    • ovulatory disorders
    • endometriosis
    • poor sperm quality
    • obstruction of sperm production
  • Genetic issues: both eggs and sperm can carry genetic conditions that cause infertility or miscarriage. They may also be carriers of a genetic disorder and by offering IVF treatments, we can potentially test embryos and help couples avoid passing on the disorder to their offspring.
  • Fertility preservation: it is common for patients to require egg or sperm freezing prior to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, gender affirmation or other treatments that may potentially cause loss of fertility.
What is involved in the IVF process?

The basic steps involved in your IVF plan are:

      • Medical review with Dr Andreadis
      • Nursing review by nurses: If necessary, review by a counselor, geneticist or scientist
      • Ovarian stimulation:
        • Daily Injection: to boost follicle (egg) development. There may be more than one type of injection. There are also different types of stimulation protocols
        • Ultrasounds and blood test: to monitor the response to treatment
        • Trigger injection: to help the eggs mature prior to egg collection
      • Egg retrieval: removal of eggs from ovaries using a vaginal probe under ultrasound guidance. I perform all egg collections with an anaesthetic doctor present. The anaesthetist ensures patients are provided with adequate medication to be as comfortable as possible in a safe environment.
      • Sperm collection: occurs as soon as eggs are obtained
      • Insemination: eggs and sperm are brought together in the laboratory on the day they are collected. This can be with routine IVF or ICSI (where the sperm is directly injected into the egg).
      • Fertilisation check: occurs the next day. Scientists check how many eggs have been fertilised.
      • Embryo culture: embryos are nourished in the lab. The aim is to see which embryo stands out as the best and to then transfer this embryo. The remaining embryos may be frozen if suitable.
      • Embryo transfer: may occur on Day 2, 3 or 5. This procedure is much like a pap smear. A speculum is inserted and the embryo inserted into the uterus with a soft catheter.
      • The waiting begins: once the embryo has been transferred, it is then up to the embryo to implant. Implantation is when the embryo and endometrium form special and complex connections. If this goes well, a pregnancy then develops.
What are the risks and complications of IVF?

As with any surgical procedure, risks and complications can occur. The possible complications associated with specific steps of an IVF program include:

    • risks of egg retrieval include: bleeding, infection, and damage to the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels
    • ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS): a condition of ovarian enlargement accompanied by fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity
    • ovarian torsion
    • risk of multiple births
    • risk of premature and low birth weight babies
    • possibility of ectopic or tubal pregnancy

Our commitment

“At Newtown Fertility Centre, we understand many of the challenges patients face on their fertility journey or path to better health. We are committed to providing a comfortable and supportive environment and working in partnership with our patients to achieve the best possible health. Patients know their bodies better than anyone else, and it is this respect for the patient that sets us apart.”

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