Starting your journey as a Single Mother by Choice (SMC) can be an overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to navigating the world of fertility. Whether it’s your first pregnancy or you’ve had previous pregnancies with a partner, it’s important to have the necessary information and support to guide you through the process. You can start by documenting any previous pregnancies you’ve had, including any high-risk factors that were present. This information can be important for your doctor as it may impact your current pregnancy or any future pregnancies.
It’s also important to talk to the women in your family about their experiences with fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. Some conditions that can affect pregnancy are genetic, so having an understanding of your family’s health history can be crucial. You can also keep a journal to document any questions or concerns you have for your doctor. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you get the most out of your appointments.
Here are six questions your doctor may ask about your reproductive health history:
- When did you start your menstrual cycle?
- Are your menstrual cycles regular?
- Does infertility run in your family?
- Have you ever had fibroids or endometriosis?
- Do you have diabetes or a history of blood clots?
- Any other reproductive health concerns?
When you meet with your doctor, be sure to inform them that you are planning to conceive on your own using donor sperm. This information is important for your doctor to know, as it may impact the type of treatment plan they recommend. You should also ask your doctor questions about their evaluation process and treatment options, including the costs associated with each option.
If you are self-paying, it’s important to ask about any special payment plans or financing options that may be available to you. You should also ask your doctor about their success rates, broken down by age and type of procedure, as well as any services they offer specifically for SMCs. Remember, your end goal may change as you go through the process, so it’s important to keep your doctor informed of any changes or concerns you may have.
Starting your journey as an SMC can be challenging, but with the right information and support, you can feel confident in your decisions and the path you’re taking. Remember to stay organized, ask questions, and keep your end goal in mind throughout the process. By doing so, you can ensure that you are making informed decisions and giving yourself the best chance at a successful pregnancy and motherhood.