Become an Egg Donor

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2021, brought about a revolutionary change in India’s IVF landscape when it came into effect in January 2023. One of the most significant shifts under this new law is the explicit permission for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, to access IVF treatment. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the details of IVF for single mothers and unmarried women in India and answer all your questions.

Question: Is IVF legal for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law?

Yes, IVF is legal for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law. The new law states that “any woman who is above the age of twenty-one years and is a citizen of India may avail of ART services.” This means that single women, lesbians if they claim to be single women, and other females, regardless of their marital status, are now eligible for IVF treatment on the same basis as married couples.

IVF for Single Women, Including Single Mothers and Unmarried Women, in India: What You Need to Know

The following are the general requirements for IVF for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law:

  • Age
  • Most IVF clinics in India require patients to be between the ages of 21 and 45, although some clinics may have higher or lower age limits.
  • Nationality
  • Patients must be Indian citizens.
  • Medical fitness
  • Patients must be medically fit to undergo IVF treatment. This includes being free from any serious medical conditions that could affect the success of the treatment or the health of the mother and baby.
  • Sperm donor
  • Single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, must use donor sperm for IVF treatment. Sperm donors can be anonymous or non-anonymous.

What are the restrictions on single women opting for surrogacy?

Single women who want to opt for surrogacy must be between 35-45 years of age and must either be married, divorced, or widowed. If they have one surviving child from an earlier marriage or relationship, they are not allowed to opt for surrogacy.

What is the cost of IVF for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law?

The cost of IVF for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law is like the cost of IVF for couples. The exact cost will vary depending on the type of IVF treatment used, the clinic location, and the patient’s age and health. However, on average, the cost of IVF in India is around US $8,000.

What is the success rate of IVF for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law?

The success rate of IVF for single women, including single mothers and unmarried women, in India under the new ART law is like the success rate for couples. The success rate of IVF depends on several factors, such as the patient’s age, health, and the type of IVF treatment used. However, in general, the success rate of IVF is around 60-80%.

Law on use of Donor eggs and sperm effective February 2024

There is new hope for couples dreaming of becoming parents via surrogacy.

The Centre has amended Surrogacy (Regulation) Rules, 2022 to allow use of a donor gamete – ova or egg cells and sperm – if one of the partners is certified to have a medical condition that prevents use of his or her own gametes.

In usual circumstances, a couple undergoing surrogacy must have both gametes from the intending couple.

But Surrogacy (Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2024, that have been notified by the government, state that the district medical board must certify that either spouse is suffering from such a condition. It further says that “surrogacy using donor gamete is allowed subject to the condition that the child to be born through surrogacy must have at least one gamete from the intending couple”.

It adds, “Single women (widow or divorcee) undergoing surrogacy must use self-eggs and donor sperm to avail surrogacy procedures.”

 

Other options:

If you find the options in India too restrictive, and still wish to have a child through surrogacy, including the choice to have a boy or a girl baby, we invite you to look at the various options available outside India for using egg donation and surrogacy.

These are discussed in detail under: Intended Parents

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