If someone says that “giving it time” will overcome infertility, please do not believe that. Just like any other medical condition, Infertility is a problem that can often be treated. An estimate of more than a billion babies has been born through some Assisted Reproductive Technique. So going for Fertility Treatment is an excellent option for couples who wish to have a child but unable to conceive naturally.
Both males and females should get themselves checked. As a general guideline, most couples should consult a fertility specialist if there is no success, even after a year of trying to have a baby. But if the female partner is over 35, has an irregular menstrual cycle and has been trying for six months, then see a doctor as soon as possible.
The treatment choice depends on the primary cause of Infertility. The broad categorizations of treatments are:-
Assisted Reproductive Techniques
When should men seek Fertility Treatments?
If you have been diagnosed with any of the below conditions, it is time to consider treatment:-
- Low sperm count
- Poor sperm movement
- Misshaped sperm
- Blocked sperm ducts
When should women seek Fertility Treatments?
The most common reasons for female infertility are:
- Ovaries that don’t release eggs regularly
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Problems in your cervix or uterus
Treatment options in a sequence
Medications for Ovulation:
Medicines can help in case of ovulation issues. After using medications, 30%-40% of women get pregnant within three cycles. When one uses drugs, they make your ovaries release more than one egg at a time. Hence you might get twins and, in rare cases, triplets too.
Injectable hormone shots help you ovulate, and there is a wide range of them to choose from, and they work well.
Surgeries for Blocked Fallopian Tubes
If the scars prevent the eggs from travelling down your fallopian tubes, it is a condition called endometriosis. Fallopian tubes get blocked due to pelvic infections or previous surgeries. In such cases, the doctors will surgically remove the scar tissue or opening fallopian tube from the inside, which could boost the chance of fertilization.
Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
At the time of ovulation, fertility doctors place sperm into your uterus but not into the egg itself. Drugs are administered to trigger ovulation. This is a relatively cheaper and simpler ART, but pregnancy rates are much lower. If your partner has male factor infertility and no severe sperm problems, you can benefit from IUI. A fertile woman can also use donor sperm. But while using donor sperm, make sure you and your family are ready to raise a child who is not biologically related to the father.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
This has been the most successful infertility treatment. The egg and sperm are directly combined in a lab. The resultant embryos are placed directly in the uterus. This is an expensive procedure. The couple can freeze the extra embryos if the lab fertilization produces more than one healthy embryo. If the couple wants children later, these frozen embryos can be used to make the procedure less expensive and quicker. Pregnancy might not be possible only in one cycle so couples might need more than a cycle. The younger the couple, the better our chances of quick pregnancy.
During the lab fertilization step of IVF, the fertility specialist can inject the sperm directly into the egg. This technique is called ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) and is employed when men’s sperm count has a low motility rate. After successful fertilization, the remaining process follows the standard IVF procedure.
Ask about the risks of IVF clearly from your doctor. To improve the chances of pregnancy, your doctor may transfer two to four embryos at a time, which means you may get pregnant with twins, triplets, or even quadruplets. Premature birth is more likely if you have anaemia, high blood pressure, and other complications.
If medically IVF doesn’t work for you, or you want a less expensive option, you might consider using donor embryos. Couples who have already finished the process can donate the embryos. It is more cost-effective than standard or donor egg IVF.
In this option, another woman has to agree to be a “gestational surrogate.” the fertility specialists will use IVF to form embryos from your eggs and your partner’s sperm. These embryos are inserted into the surrogate, just as an IVF procedure. The main advantage is that the baby will be your partner’s biological child.
Before fixing a clinic, ask plenty of questions about their procedures and costs. They should have excellent experience and involve you and your partner in decisions. Since the journey is a long-term process, you want to feel comfortable with your choice.
Lifestyle changes to Boost Your Chances
Indeed, you can try a few lifestyle changes which can make a difference. Quit smoking since it lowers fertility for men and women and dims pregnancy rates. Sperm counts increased by 80% in men who quit the tobacco habit. Check if your diet is as healthy as possible. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about supplements, vitamins and minerals which may improve the chances of conceiving.
We at ZIVA Fertility Center will do everything in our power to help you realize your dream. We will give you and your partner counselling, and only after both of you are comfortable will we proceed with any treatment. Please be honest with us about your medical history and lifestyle habits so that we can guide you the best. Infertility treatment is just not medicines, surgeries and treatments. It also involves providing emotional comfort to the couple, which we do the best. Visit our website https://zivafertility.com/ or reach us at +91-9100002737, +91-9392834024, firstname.lastname@example.org.