Fertility Treatment for Single Women

Assisting single women to have a child using donor sperm

‘For me the hardest thing about having IVF as a single woman was making the decision to contact the fertility clinic’

The Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) welcomes single women for fertility treatment. The treatment is provided on a self-funded basis using Donor Sperm.

 BCRM is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA

Visit the BCRM

The BCRM holds regular open evenings between. Specialist fertility nurses, Doctors, Embryologists and Theatre nurses, will be available to talk to you free of charge. Open evenings are a great opportunity for you to meet the learn more about what the treatment as well as have a fa tour of the centre. You will also be the opportunity to discuss fertility treatment with a free mini consultation.

The BCRM open evenings are popular and you are most welcome to attend alone or with a friend. Please contact the BCRM to book a slot by emailing info@BCRM.org.uk or ringing 0117 414 6888.

How to get started

You will need to book an appointment and we will inform you of some blood tests which you will need to have done. You will be required to complete a Health Assessment Questionnaire and a Counselling Self- assessment Questionnaire.

The first consultation includes a Fertility ultrasound scan of the uterus and ovaries. If further tests are required we will discuss these with you.

We will also arrange a counselling appointment for you to discuss the implications of undergoing treatment using donor sperm.

Investigations offered at the BCRM

We will require some tests to be done to assess your suitability for treatment. Some of these are blood tests, which can be done at our centre for a fee.

Alternatively your GP may be able to help, and do these blood tests for you.

If having IUI treatment, we will need to check your Fallopian tubes prior to undertaking treatment; this is usually done by an X-ray dye test or HyCoSy.

Treatments Offered (IUI / IVF)

After your fertility assessments you will be offered treatment options, which suits your individual need

„Stimulated Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)

Stimulated IUI is the usual treatment for women having insemination with donor sperm. 

At the time of ovulation, prepared sperm is introduced directly into the uterus with the aim of getting the sperm nearer the egg for fertilisation. You will be instructed on how to take follicle-stimulating drugs.

These drugs will increase the production of eggs within the body. Scans will determine when you are ready for the IUI procedure. You will have less than three follicles of a certain size. 

At a specified time after the final injection you will be asked to attend the clinic for your IUI procedure

„In -Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

IVF is a very effective fertility treatment if there are fertility problems, for example:

Blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes

  • Blocked or damaged tubes
  • „Endometriosis
  • Repeated failure to conceive with IUI treatment
  • Older women
  • Patient choice

For IVF treatment you will take follicle stimulating hormone injections, which will increase the production of eggs within the body. Scans will reveal the optimum time for these eggs to be collected. You will be asked to attend the clinic on a specific day for these eggs to be collected under sedation.

Donor Sperm

Sperm donors are screened and considered to have a ‘normal’ level of fertility, health and intelligence. Donors come from all types of professions. Sperm is donated, frozen and stored. The BCRM has purchased stocks to reserve in advance of any treatment. If you want to purchase your own sperm from a centre either in the UK or abroad please ask the embryologist/nurse for information about this.

Donor Sperm Matching Process

At the BCRM we will match the donor to your requirements. You are the ‘Donor Sperm recipient’ and you will be given non-identifying information about the donors. This information will include: hair and eye colour, height, weight and blood group. Some sperm donors add additional information about themselves in a ‘pen portrait’ this may include hobbies/interests, likes/dislikes. The ‘pen portrait’ can be obtained at any time by Donor Sperm recipients, and can be passed on to your child.

Known Sperm Donor

A known Sperm Donor is someone you know who would like to donate sperm for your treatment, please enquire about this at the BCRM.

Treatment Support

Treatment support is offered before, during and after fertility treatment. HFEA regulation states all couples or single women receiving donor sperm will have an initial implications counselling session. Our fertility therapist is a highly experienced, BICA accredited counsellor, who will talk through issues which relate to your treatment.

After your first counselling session you will be offered treatment support at your request throughout your treatment.

The BCRM we are committed to equality and diversity initiatives. 

The BCRM has facilities for wheelchair users. Please inform staff at the BCRM if you require any assistance with any disability you may have.

Helping Single Women have a family