Whether it’s you, your partner or both of you who are having problems with fertility, there is no need for you to worry. With a lot of scientific advancements, there are a number of treatment options available nowadays. So, you can still have baby even if you have fertility problems. However, whether a treatment will be successful depends upon several factors like the underlying cause of the problem, age of the woman, history of earlier pregnancies and how long the individual(s) is facing the infertility issues. Fertility treatments are in fact most likely to benefit women whose infertility is because of the problems with ovulation.
So, if you or your partner is having fertility problems, stay relaxed. Don’t panic. You have several choices. You as well as your doctor must devise a treatment plan, starting with least invasive options first. You might be inclined to head towards the most expensive and advanced treatments like IVF thinking that you will get pregnant faster. However, in Northern Beaches 90% of couples with fertility problems who now have children were treated with IVF. But this is also true that cheaper therapies like surgery or fertility drugs have also been quite effective.
Here is a rundown of the common treatment options from least to most invasive, which you can opt for:
Fertility drugs: If the hormones are in short supply or out of balance, fertility drugs for both men and women are of great help in getting the reproductive system back on the track. These drugs also help if cause of the fertility problem is unidentified. They may even be consumed in conjunction with another treatment like artificial insemination.
Artificial insemination: If the sperm of your partner need help getting into your egg, artificial insemination is the process that is used for getting pregnant. It is the placing of a concentrated dose of sperm in the uterus of a woman at right time for improving the odds of becoming pregnant.
Surgery: If your fallopian tubes are blocked or if you have problems like genetic defects, fibroids, ovarian cysts or endometriosis, a kind of minor surgery with laparoscope can be done to help diagnose the crisis or clear the way for you to conceive. But in a lot of cases, surgery has been unnecessary and chances of pregnancy increased with other kinds of treatment.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART): There are also many hi-tech procedure of conceiving like IVF, ICSI, and in a few rare cases GIFT or ZIFT. However, if it is IVF, then it would be highly beneficial if you use acupuncture and Chinese Herbal preparations prior to the commencement of the IVF cycle. Sometimes, it has also been found that the function of the ovary or age requires using an egg donor. Using a surrogate mother or gestational carrier is also a good option.