Trying for a baby and struggling to conceive? Nowadays, there are many fertility treatment options available that could increase your chances of falling pregnant. Here are some of the fertility treatment options that could be worth exploring.
Fertility medicine is often prescribed as the first course of action. The likes of clomiphene and tamoxifen are sometimes prescribed to those with ovulation problems – taking this medicine could help to get your periods back to normal by promoting the monthly release of an egg. Other medicines like gonadotropins can boost fertility in both men and women – this could be another option proposed by your doctor.
Some people may experience negative side effects such as nausea and headaches when taking these medicines. This is worth considering before you pursue this form of treatment.
IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination and is sometimes referred to as artificial insemination. It involves inserting sperm into the womb via a tube into the cervix. This could be done using your partner’s sperm or a donor’s sperm.
For the best chance of success, it is best to carry out IUI after ovulation. A doctor may give you an ovulation prediction kit to help you work this out if you don’t already know your cycle. IUI tends to carry a lower risk of complications than IVF.
IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation – it is when the egg is fertilised outside of the body and then returned to the womb in order to grow and develop.
IVF can be done using your partner’s sperm and your egg. Alternatively, you could use a donated egg or donated sperm. There’s even the option of embryo adoption. All of these options can still allow you to grow the baby in your womb so that you experience pregnancy and birth first-hand. There are risks associated with IVF of course and these are worth looking into before you pursue this option.
Problems such as scars on the fallopian tubes, fibroids in the womb and epididymal blockages can all affect fertility. These problems can be fixed with specialist forms of surgery. A fertility specialist will be able to recommend the best form of surgery for you.
There is a risk of developing complications during surgery. Make sure to weigh up the risks before pursuing this option.
Am I eligible?
In order to pursue fertility treatment, you’ll need to have been trying for a certain length of time. If you’re under 35, it is advised that you try to conceive naturally for a year first. If you are over 35, it will be advised that you try for six months before pursuing fertility treatment options. Other eligibility requirements may be given depending on the form of treatment.
If you choose to go private, you may find that there are less constraints as to which fertility treatment options you can pursue. There could also be shorter waiting lists. You will however need to weigh up the extra costs associated with going private.
What if fertility treatment fails?
Not everyone is able to fall pregnant or carry a child to full term. In fact, infertility is more common than most people think. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still have kids – adoption is always an option and there are now many different ways to adopt. Coming to terms with infertility isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t become a parent.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.