The Portuguese Law allows single woman without a male partner but who wish to become a mother the access to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) techniques, in order to fulfil that wish.

It is a very simple process, from a bureaucratic point of view, being pregnancy achieved by using donor sperm, donated by an annonymous donor.

The adopted techniques may vary from woman to woman, depending on factors such as the woman’s age and the eventual existence of gynaecological complications.
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It all starts with a fertility medical appointment at Ferticentro. During that appointment, a full gynaecological exam will be made (including an endovaginal ultrasound scan) and blood test and/or other exams will be prescribed; those exams will hep us to determine the woman’s ovarian reserve, as well as to assess if all required conditions are met in order to achieve a healthy and with the lowest possible risk pregnancy.

If the woman is living abroad, this first appointment can be done with her usual gynaecologist, as long as there is a previous contact between the doctor and Ferticentro – some specific recommendations are necessary.

This initial assessment serves to verify whether treatment is possible, the chances of success and which ART technique is the most adequate – each woman is a single case, and there are several factures that may affect the success of ART treatments.

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Selecting the most suitable technique depends on many factors (being the woman’s age the most important one) and of the first clinical evaluation outcomes.

When the woman wishes to get pregnant without a male partner, these are the techniques that can be used:

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) with Donor Sperm – it is a first line technique, used in the cases of better prognosis and, where possible, is the recommended treatment option for women who wish to become pregnant by using donor sperm. It is especially indicated in women under 35 years and with healthy fallopian tubes. You can find out more about this technique in thins link.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with own eggs and Donor Sperm – it is a technique where, after ovarian stimulations, the oocytes are picked-up from the ovaries and fertilized in laboratory environment with anonymous donor spermatozoa, and after that transferred to the uterus. This technique is used when IUI with donor sperm is not possible or it would have low chances of success, or in situations where a pregnancy through IUI was not achieved. You can learn more about this technique in this link.

IVF with donor eggs and donor sperm – it is a technique indicated for situations in which the woman's ovaries do not have the capacity to produce viable oocytes (due to early menopause, history of oncological treatments or ovarian failure associated with age, among others) or in situations where it is intended to avoid the transmition of a genetic disease from the mother to the child. It consists on the fertilization of the ovocytes of an anonymous donor with the spermatozoa of an equally anonymous donor, thus obtaining embryos that can later be transferred to the uterus.

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The Portuguese Lay requires that gamete donors (spermatozoa and oocytes) are anonymous and altruistic volunteers. Before their admission as Ferticentro donors, donor candidates undergo a rigorous evaluation process focused on their health and fertility, and all candidates who carry genetic diseases or with family history of this kind of diseases are excluded.

Ferticentro has a sperm bank and a bank of oocytes of its own, in which there are hundreds of samples of donors of all ethnic origins, so that it is possible to assign a donor with physical characteristics as close as possible to those of the couple or of the receiving woman.

At Ferticentro, we also work with international gamete banks, to which we resort to in situations of couples or women with physical characteristics less usual in the Portuguese population.
If you are considering to become pregnant and do not have a male partner, contact Ferticentro's services so that we can make an initial assessment of your case and give you an initial perspective on the possibilities of treatment, as well as the potential costs associated with the whole process.

You can write us to info@ferticentro.pt or simply fill out our contact form .
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