As a single woman you may feel ready now to become a mother, or feel you’re your biological clock is ticking and you can’t afford to wait for the right partner to come into your life. Many more women than ever before face this situation.. Donor sperm can be from someone known to you (e.g., friend, family member). More commonly, women elect to select an anonymous donor through a sperm bank.

If having a genetic link to your child is important to you, the use of donor sperm is likely your best option. Once you have selected a donor, the safest method for insemination is through a fertility clinic – where the sperm will have been washed in the lab (cleaned of debris) and previously quarantined to reduce any risk of HIV transmission. The actual insemination is a relatively simple procedure. The sperm is inserted into your uterus using a catheter.