Typical Infertility Treatments

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When you suspect you or your partner may have trouble conceiving, you will immediately wonder what can be done about it. There are a number of ways to confront the challenge from vitamins and supplements at home to non-traditional treatments like acupuncture to more invasive medical strategies including in vitro fertilization. Some basic info on the medical options is a good place to start in your data gathering.

Time to plan and consider

Before you start down any path, talk to your partner about how far you are both willing to go and how much money you will spend. Find out what your insurance will and will not cover. Thinking about where you will draw the line ahead of time can be very helpful.

Treatment for women

Problems with ovulation. Treatment for this can include prescription drugs like Clomiphene and Metformin. Both help the ovaries be more productive.
Unexplained infertility. If the cause is unknown, your doctor may prescribe ovary stimulating drugs, hormone injections or insemination.
Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes. A physical exam with tests will reveal blocked or damaged tubes. If this is the case treatment may require tubal surgery.
Endometriosis. If your status is mild to moderate and that seems to be the source of the problem, laparoscopic surgery may remove endometrial issue growth. This will likely not work for severe endometriosis.

Treatment for the man

For a number of issues with male infertility, insemination may be called for. In this case, sperm are collected and concentrated into the highest number of healthy sperm. Insemination can occur in a number of ways, directly into the uterus or in the lab with assisted reproductive technology or ART.

Assisted reproductive technology

If infertility persists and you find yourself considering assisted reproductive technology there are many choices.
In vitro fertilization. A harvested egg fertilized in the clinic is placed in the woman uterus.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection. In a lab, one sperm is injected into an egg. If fertilization takes place, the embryo is placed in the uterus.

Evaluate the success rate of the clinic

There are not a lot of clinics to choose from and travel may be necessary. Compare the success rate each clinic has with each type of intervention. Just because a clinic is close does not mean it is the one for you.

Source: WebMD


 
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