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Over recent years, the number of single women having fertility treatment has risen. So much so that in 2012, nearly 1,000 single women had fertility treatment with donor sperm at a UK licensed clinic - and that doesn’t include women trying at home. The London Women’s Clinic has seen an increase too which is why we have introduced a number of ways to support our single women patients.
In the last two years we have added in to our programme of events specific seminars for single women.
There are many different options available at the clinic when it comes to fertility treatments for single women. “The patient's age, medical history and investigations will determine which treatment options will work best,” says Dr Shailaja Nair, Deputy Medical Director at the London Women's Clinic. Such options may include intrauterine insemination, IVF or treatment with donor eggs. But for some women, having a baby right now may not be at the forefront of their minds. For these women, egg freezing or embryo freezingare options.
The London Women’s Clinic has recognised that our single women patients may require some additional support. “Unlike our patient couples, our single women patients may come to the clinic on their own and therefore lack the support that a partner may provide including someone to talk over questions, hold their hand during embryo transfer or discuss their worries,” says Anya Sizer, Patient Co-ordinator.
With this in mind, the LWC has developed a Supporting Single Women programme especially for these patients. As well as additional support, our patient co-ordinators have developed special evening events for single women to meet each other. “The evenings provide our single women patients the opportunity to meet other women in a similar situation to them in a non-clinic settng,” says Anya. So far, two events have taken place with a social event planned for the beginning of November and a Christmas event planned for December.
For more information on treatments available to single women at the London Women's Clinic or to find out more about our Contemplating Single Motherhood and Supporting Single Women events, please call 020 7563 4309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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