Infertility Treatments Options
Here are some descriptions of different medical infertility treatments, which includes the more established options as well as new fertility technology, as detailed under test tube baby and assisted reproductive technology (ART).
There are a number of infertility solutions available which you will discover in your search for the infertility cure.
Couples who have difficulty conceiving will use one or more of these methods, some with more success than others.
- Charting your fertility cycle on a conception calendar - every woman who encounters infertility while trying to conceive, may do so during her fertile time.
- Antibiotics - These drugs are not new for general healthcare, and can be used as an early treatment for infertility. They are helpful in treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Life style, diet and infertility considerations - A natural way of eating foods in their original form is recommend by all natural and homeopathic practioners. An alkaline diet is a successful natural infertility treatment, to restore the body's pH balance, which may be essential if you are unable to fall pregnant due to unknown infertility reasons.
- Artificial insemination - A procedure where sperm is injected directly into a woman's vagina or cervix. This is a means of treating infertility, as well as a method applied, in the event that a sperm donor required.
- Corrective surgery - Surgery may be required to treat a blocked fallopian tube, or to remove sever endometriosis. While this method is used to treat infertility, care is always exercised during any procedure, to ensure there is minimum scarring in the pelvic area.
- Fertility drugs - These drugs stimulate a woman's pituitary gland to release hormones that trigger the ovulation process. Much success has been achieved for both male and female in using infertility drugs.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF) - Fertilization occurs outside of the female body, through a process of removing the egg from the ovary and fertilized with sperm in a Petri dish.
- Gamete intra-fallopian tube transfer (GIFT) - The egg and sperm are mixed together and injected into the woman's fallopian tubes, a procedure that takes place outside of the female body.
- Egg donor - The female equivalent of sperm donation. This process can be used with women who carry an inherited disease, or who do not produce eggs - anovulation.
- Embryo adoption or surrogacy - This process is used when a woman provides the living condition in the womb for the egg and sperm of other people. This type of procedure is increasingly popular as an alternative means of a couple conceiving a baby.
For many, conception would not take place without infertility technology, as mentioned in the above paragraph. However, infertility technology can be seductive; once you start trying new procedures, it's hard to stop.
It can be quite a costly exercise and fertility clinics do not have to offer guarantees of success. Here are some suggestions to help you make the best use of this technology:
- Protect yourself by deciding in advance how you will handle tricky situations and how far you will go! If you have to go through repeated attempts at an IVF treatment and other techniques, the process will take more emotion, time and wear and tear on your body (and money) than you thought it would. What will you do with the leftover embryos? How many times are you willing to try, before you stop? Are you prepared for a multiple birth?
- Find a clinic with doctors who have as much experience and success with your particular infertility problem, as possible. Try and find a physician who has completed at least two years in specialized fertility treatment, in addition to residency. Ask about your chances of success, upfront.
- Find out how much your infertility treatments will cost, as they are different per individual, based on a particular problem. Will your health care cover the costs?
- Female fertility treatments can be complex and there are a number of options available to resolve infertility. Expert medical advise should be sort from a fertility specialist, before embarking on any treatment plan.
- Male infertility, such as low sperm count, azoospermia and varicocele can all be treated with varying degrees of success. ART techniques - ICSI and sperm washing are very successful in aiding conception, through technology.
There has been much success in applying the various methods mentioned here. Infertility treatments have many options and methods, depending on the severity of your problem, and bearing this in mind, expert opinion should be sort from a fertility specialist for the best treatment plan applicable to your situation.
Infertility treatments may be drug or procedure related.
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