New service for single women at Bristol fertility centre

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) is now offering a bespoke service to help single women to have a child.

The centre, at Southmead Hospital, is providing a new service for single women including a tailored pathway to enable women to conceive through intrauterine insemination (IUI) using donor sperm artificial insemination.

The BCRM is one of the leading fertility clinics in the country and provides several treatment pathway options depending on the needs of the individual.

Current BCRM success rates for IUI are around 20% depending on patient age.

All sperm donors undergo a screening programme and a medical and genetic history is taken.

Donors are registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as a legal requirement.

The donor sperm service is also an established pathway available to heterosexual and same sex couples.

Valentine Akande, lead consultant at the BCRM, said: “Patients come to us in Bristol from across the UK because we have some of the best success rates and use the latest techniques.

“We are responding to a cultural shift and a real demand from single women to provide this service.

“More often women are well into their 30s before starting a family – this may be for career reasons or because they haven’t found the right partner so women today are choosing to have a baby on their own.

“We have a strict screening programme for sperm donors so women can be assured that this is a safe service and the women themselves go through a fertility assessment as well as counselling.”

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