Single Mom By Choice
Top things to consider when starting a family as a single mom.
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I’m not ready to become a mom right now. What can I do to plan ahead?
See your OB/GYN and test your fertility regularly through physical exams and a simple blood test such as anti-mullerian hormone. By monitoring your fertility, you are taking control of your reproductive options.
You may also want to consider egg freezing. In 2012, our professional society, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), reclassified egg freezing. The ASRM determined that freezing and thawing of eggs (oocytes) is now a proven method for preserving a woman's ability to have children. ASRM removed the technique's "experimental" label which had been in place since 2008. Oocyte freezing is now considered fertility preservation. With this change, egg freezing is becoming more common and successful.
This decision by the ASRM Practice Committee is based on a report titled “Mature Oocyte Cyryopreservation,” which examined nearly 1,000 published papers. The change is largely due to recent advances in cryopreservation that have made freezing human eggs more reliable and successful. A rapid freezing technique called vitrification maintains the delicate architecture of the human egg and eliminates ice crystallization. Egg freezing gives women more control over their fertility and their family planning.
There is more knowledge and resources for single women than ever. When a woman is ready to have a family, she can do it.
Dr. Spencer Richlin, MD is on the writing committee for the upcoming 2015 Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility PROLOG sponsored by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is the Surgical Director and Partner in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) as well as Division Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Norwalk Hospital.
Fertility Centers of Excellence: RMACT is one of just 11 leading In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) centers nationwide chosen by In Vitro Sciences to participate in its Centers of Excellence program. RMACT’s board-certified fertility specialists are extensively trained in reproductive medicine and are eager to help you start or expand your family.
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