Let’s play a game, shall we?
If your sperm count is low, that means you cannot fertilize an egg true or false… false. If you have ovulation problems, it means you cannot conceive true or false…… again, false. If you are above 30, you are infertile true or false…… again, false. See a trend here people? You discover that there is a lot of false information about fertility online causing emotional anxiety for couples trying to get pregnant.
Trying to conceive can be an emotional and trying journey for couples. And the eagerness to start a family can push some to seek out quick solutions without understanding the root of the problem. If you and your partner are among the many couples struggling with fertility, it’s important to stay strong, calm, and explore the following fertility treatment options. You can take it a step further to discuss these options with your gynaecologist and do deeper research to understand what works for you.
- INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI)
Although it sounds like in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, it is less invasive and treats infertility mostly in males. The treatment is carefully done by separating the high-quality sperm from the poor ones, then the sperm is placed directly into the womb to fertilize the egg. IUI has a proven record of increasing the likelihood of pregnancies for couples struggling with sperm count.
- OVULATION/ FERTILITY MEDICATIONS
The female body is subject to hormonal changes that occur during ovulation and menstruation. However, these hormonal process can be disrupted due to uterine fibroids, or endometriosis, causing some vital reproductive organs to malfunction. The good news is there are ovarian stimulation drugs like Clomifene, that can correct this either to suppress estrogen production or boosts certain hormones. These drugs can be taken while trying to conceive without exploring other options.
- EGGS AND SPERM DONATION
If you or your partner have an infertility problem or genetic disorder, you can consider using the fertilized egg or sperm of a donor to help you conceive. This treatment is carried out by inserting the donor eggs or sperm into the womb using IVF. The procedure is usually done for women with low egg count or quality. Visit a fertility clinic for more information on how donors work
Sometimes certain growths like cyst, fibroids, and endometriosis might be preventing pregnancy. Laparoscopic surgery is an outpatient procedure to increase the chances of getting pregnant whilst eliminating possible complications. The recovery time for the surgery is quick and it leads to greater chances of conception.
This is a good option for couples that want a child but are struggling to carry a pregnancy. A surrogate is hired to carry the embryo by implanting the couples’ eggs and sperm in her uterus. Although surrogacy involves an emotional and legal process between both parties, it is an effective way of having a biological child without having to carry the pregnancy.
Before you dive into any fertility treatment option, make sure you consult your doctor, examine the best treatment plan that fits your lifestyle, and be hopeful for the best result. We hope to hear your motherhood experience in 9 months’ time. Good luck.
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