Infertility is a very upsetting word for individuals who know how hard it is to cope with not being able to have a child. But the good thing is that infertility isn’t a final sentence! Impressive accomplishments of modern medicine give a chance of parenthood to couples who aren’t able to conceive naturally.
What are the most popular treatments for infertility?
Thanks to modern solutions, there are many treatments for infertility available – you just have to find out which one is the best for you. Treatments for infertility can range from medications to embryo implantation through assisted reproductive technology (ART). There are treatments that are specifically for men or for women and some that involve both partners. Be Parent is glad to guide you through some of the most popular treatments for infertility in 2022:
IVF – In Vitro Fertilization
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a series of procedures used to help with fertility or prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child.
During IVF, mature eggs are retrieved from ovaries and fertilized by sperm in a lab. Then the fertilized egg or eggs are transferred to a uterus. One full cycle of IVF takes about three weeks. Sometimes these steps are split into different parts and the process can take longer.
IVF is one of the most effective forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART). It can be done using a couple’s own eggs and sperm. Or IVF may involve eggs, sperm or embryos from a known or anonymous donor. In some cases, a gestational carrier — someone who has an embryo implanted in the uterus — might be used.
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment where sperm are placed directly into a woman’s uterus.
During natural conception, sperm have to travel from the vagina through the cervix, into the uterus, and up to the fallopian tubes. With IUI, sperm are “washed” and concentrated, and also placed directly into the uterus, which puts them closer to the egg. Insemination is performed during ovulation, usually within 24-36 hours after the LH surge is detected, or after the “trigger” injection of hCG is administered. Ovulation is predicted by a urine test kit or blood test and ultrasound.
Along with assisted treatment for infertility, surgical procedures are a common treatment used to investigate fertility problems and cure them, if possible.
Fallopian tube surgery
If a woman’s fallopian tubes have become blocked or scarred, they may need surgery to repair them. Surgery can be used to break up the scar tissue in their fallopian tubes, making it easier for eggs to pass through them. The success of the surgery depends on the extent of the damage to their fallopian tubes.
Laparoscopic surgery is used to treat women with Endometriosis – a condition when parts of the womb lining start growing outside the womb.
During laparoscopic surgery, doctors destroy or remove fluid-filled cysts and submucosal fibroids, which are small growths in the womb. If a woman undergoing fertility treatments has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a minor surgical procedure called laparoscopic ovarian drilling can be used if ovulation medicine has not worked.
These procedures are the most popular and effective ways to treat infertility. If you need further information about them, don’t hesitate to contact our consultants to find the best way to expand your family!