Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) offer hope not only to couples with infertility but also to single women who want to become mothers. Being a single mother is no longer a taboo, and more women choose not to wait for the ideal partner to enter their lives.
WHAT IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE METHOD TO CONCEIVE?
If you don’t have any indications for in vitro fertilization (IVF), it is usually recommended that you start with intrauterine insemination (IUI). The advantages of the procedure are the lack of follicular puncture and the more affordable price.
Donor sperm is used for these procedures. At New Life Specialized Medical Center for Gynecology, you can choose from a carefully selected list of donors with different physical features, education, hobbies, and interests all of which are mentioned in each donor’s personal profile.
CAN I APPLY FOR FINANCING BY THE STATE?
Any woman under the age of 43 who is a Bulgarian citizen or a resident of the Republic of Bulgaria who meets the indications for receiving financial assistance for assisted reproduction may apply for financing from the Center for Assisted Reproduction. The Center covers exclusively in vitro fertilization and ICSI.
Municipal funds, and in particular that of the Municipality of Plovdiv, provide funds for in vitro procedures only to married couples or couples registered as cohabiting.
HOMOSEXUALITY AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
For homosexual women, the only way to have a biological child is through assisted reproductive technologies (ART) using donor sperm. In the absence of indications for IVF, it is desirable to first try IUI.
Unfortunately, same-gender couples in Bulgaria do not have the same rights as «traditional» families. This means that the child’s legal parent would only be the woman who gave birth to them. If something happens to her, her partner will not automatically acquire guardianship of the child.