Help for Infertility: Treatments

Infertility is a terrible thing for any man or woman to deal with and although there are a number of treatments available, they will not be successful for everyone. Infertility is diagnosed when a woman cannot get pregnant after trying to get pregnant for a year when they are below the age of 35, and for six months when they are over the age of 35. A woman may also be infertile if she is able to get pregnant but cannot stay pregnant and keeps experiencing miscarriages. Although 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in miscarriage, if one woman experiences many miscarriages, she may be infertile.

Infertility isn’t just a women’s problem, as for a pregnancy to occur, a number of steps must be completed and these steps have to include men too. 1 in 3 infertility cases are because of women’s problems, 1 in 3 cases are because of men’s problems and the remaining 1 in 3 cases are caused by an unknown problem or by a mixture of men’s and women’s issues. Infertility in men is often caused by sperm that are the wrong shape, having too few sperm, and having sperm that cannot move properly. Most cases of women’s infertility are due to problems with ovulation, in that an egg is not released, although it can also be due to uterus problems or blocked Fallopian tubes.

The sooner women speak to their doctor after being unable to get pregnant, the better, as the ability to get pregnant rapidly deteriorates with age, especially over the age of 30. Speak to your doctor if you have been trying for a year to get pregnant and you are under 35 years of age, and if you have been trying for over six months and you are over 35 years of age. You should also speak to your doctor if you’re trying to get pregnant and you have irregular periods, painful periods or if you have suffered from more than one miscarriage.

Most men’s fertility problems can be treated with surgery or medication. If a man is dealing with impotence, this can be treated with medication, as can having too few sperm. When there is no sperm inside semen, this may be because of a blockage and so surgery can correct this problem. Doctors can also take sperm from the male artificially.

A number of medications can be used to treat infertility in women that is caused by ovulation problems. The medication that you take will alter depending on what is causing your ovulation difficulties and these are often very effective. However, if these medications are not effective, artificial insemination may need to be performed which is where the woman is injected with specially prepared sperm. Another treatment which is similar to this is assisted reproductive technology, which is where a woman’s eggs are removed from her body, mixed with sperm and then artificially put back into the women’s body. This is often very successful but its success will depend on a number of factors, such as the age of the individuals, the quality of the eggs and sperm and the type of assisted reproductive technology used.

One type of this reproductive technology that is used is IVF, which is in-vitro fertilization, basically meaning fertilization that happens outside of the body. Another of these technologies is zygote intrafallopian transfer whereby fertilization occurs in the laboratory and the fertilized embryo is then placed into the Fallopian tube.

If you have any concerns with regards to getting pregnant or staying pregnant, speak to your doctor. Treatment options are available to you and the sooner you begin treatment, the more likelihood that you’ll be able to conceive.