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Conceiving Without a Partner


Not having a lifelong partner shouldn’t stop you from having kids. It is becoming increasingly common for individuals to start growing a family on their own timeline, even if that means kids before spouse. Finding “the one” you want to spend the rest of your life with can be stressful, but if you know you want kids and you want them now, the reproductive specialists at SIRM St. Louis can help make that happen!

For women, our St. Louis fertility doctors will first perform an examination and testing to ensure there are no fertility issues that could prevent healthy conception. Then you will need a sperm donor, whether it is someone you know or it is from a sperm bank. Finally, your physician will recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) based on your medical needs and the best chance for a successful pregnancy.

For men, our St. Louis fertility clinic recommends first deciding on a gestational carrier, or surrogate. Will this be someone you know, or will you work with a surrogacy agency? We will then help you with selecting an egg donor. Our reproductive specialists will create embryos with your sperm and the donor egg, which will then be implanted into your chosen surrogate. It is important to think about the legal aspects to protect all parties involved in this method of conception.

Adoption is another option for men and women who would like to have children without a partner. There are many adoption agencies domestically and internationally that can help individuals grow their families.

No matter which route leads you to growing your family, SIRM St. Louis’ fertility clinic wants to help. Reach out to our reproductive specialists to discuss personalized treatment options for you!