Do you have problems conceiving due to infertility and need help to get pregnant? Thanks to modern technology, there are various fertility treatments available to help increase your chances of conceiving.
Globally, about a third of infertility cases are due to female reproductive problems while another third is due to male reproductive problems. The remaining third may be due to reproductive problems in both you and your partner or an unknown cause.
Although modern technology like the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has enabled at least half of the couples worldwide to conceive, there are other fertility treatments that you can choose from. The best option will have to depend on your situation.
What is infertility?
Infertility is as when a couple fails to conceive after a year of unprotected sex and various pregnancy attempts.
The symptoms of infertility include:
- No sign of pregnancy
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Painful or heavy periods
- Hormonal changes or imbalance
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Erectile dysfunction
- Ejaculation problems
- Low sex drive
Types of infertility treatments
If you’re struggling with conceiving, chances are that both you and your partner need to seek professional help for a thorough diagnosis. Before any infertility treatment, your doctor or the clinic will conduct a thorough consultation to understand what’s hindering your chances of getting pregnant.
The consultation may include evaluating your medical history, physical examinations, and lifestyle habits. Your doctor will then order a number of diagnoses based on your age, history and your eagerness in pursuing treatment.
The tests may include hormone screening, pelvic ultrasounds, hysterosalpingogram (HSG), semen analysis, etc. The results of these tests will then provide your doctor in preparing the treatment that will give you optimal chances of getting pregnant.
Bear in mind that the type of treatment varies between any one couple as each treatment is tailored based on the cause and duration of infertility, both you and your partner’s age, as well as your personal preferences.
Additionally, infertility treatment may involve a significant commitment in terms of financial, physical, psychological and time. This means both you and your partner will have to be prepared before undergoing any of the treatment.
Infertility treatments for men
Often, your lifestyle can affect your fertility. It can be your daily drinking habits or use of substances which are harmful to your body. Only by changing your lifestyle, can it improve the chances of you and your partner in conceiving.
Depending on the results of your infertility tests, your doctor may recommend certain medications to improve the likelihood of a successful pregnancy. The medicines may improve sperm count and quality as well as increase testicular function.
In some cases, surgery is necessary to reverse any sperm blockage and restore your fertility. Repairing the varicocele through surgery may also improve your overall chances of pregnancy.
There are several ways to obtain sperm for those of you with normal sperm production and a blockage. The techniques vary and may be used in cases whereby ART is planned.
Infertility treatments for women
This is a common treatment if you have fertility problems due to irregular ovulation. The medications may regulate or induce ovulation. Before you commit to any of the drugs, make sure to check with your doctor about the options, and benefits and risks of the drugs.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
This type of treatment involves placing a healthy sperm directly in the uterus when the ovary releases one or more eggs. Depending on the cause of your infertility, the timing can be arranged based on your normal cycle or using medication.
Depending on your condition, surgery may be recommended to treat endometrial polyps, uterine septum, intrauterine scar tissue and some fibroids. A more specific surgery may be required to treat endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, and larger fibroids.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART)
This type of treatment involves the use of modern medical technology to handle both the egg and sperm. Among the most common technique is the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). It involves stimulating and retrieving multiple mature eggs, fertilising them with the sperm in a dish in a lab, and implanting the embryos in the uterus after fertilisation.
If you think you may have issues with infertility management, know that you’re not alone. Many other couples are also trying to conceive but have encountered problems in their journey. This article is specially written to help you understand the options available to treat your infertility based on your diagnosis.
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