How to Start a Family


Deciding to begin a family is a big step. Whether you’ve always known that you wanted to have children, or whether it’s a recent decision, it’s essential to consider your options and do your research before you begin to try for a family. Although every couple’s dream is to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important to note that you may meet complications along the way, or may have to consider alternative methods altogether if natural conception isn’t an option. None of this should stand in the way of your starting a family, however, and there are many viable and safe options out there alongside the traditional pregnancy route.

If you are a heterosexual couple and have no issues with your fertility, then you can begin trying for a baby whenever you are ready. There is no set time frame on how long this may take – it may be instant, or it may take a while to become pregnant. There are many ways you can increase the chances of becoming pregnant, which you can implement into your routine. If you have been trying for a long time without any success, you can visit your healthcare professional to check that everything is healthy.

Below are the alternative methods available to you should you need them.

Use a Donated Embryo

Some people make a choice in donating an embryo to help those couples who are unable to carry a pregnancy to full-term. Embryo donation can be made purely anonymously. This is a viable option for those couples who are both infertile or cannot conceive a baby naturally together, or else for same-sex couples who wish to have a baby. It is also an option for a single individual who wants to have a baby.

Use an Egg Donor


This can be an option if you are an infertile female. Using an egg donor means you can be provided with a healthy egg which can be fertilized, and you also have the choice to maintain anonymity with the donor or have a relationship with the donor once the child is born. All options and screenings can be made through your clinic to find the right egg donor for you.

Use a Sperm Donor

If you are unable to start a family due to an infertile male, are a same-sex couple or a single woman, you may want to consider sperm donation. You will need to decide whether you would prefer the donor to remain anonymous, and which fertility clinic to use.

Consider Adoption

This option is available to any individual or couple, even if you are able to conceive a child yourself. It may be that you would simply prefer to adopt and help a child who doesn’t have a home or family, or adoption may be your only option if you cannot conceive and prefer to avoid fertility donors. Children can be adopted at any age, so you should consider whether you would prefer to adopt a baby and raise from a very young age, or would like to adopt an older child – or both.

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