Infertility Solutions For Infertile Couples

Finding infertility solutions very much depends on your circumstances. You and your partner probably have to undergo a series of tests to find out the reasons for infertility. If there are problems with you or your partner, your doctor will recommend suitable treatment for your conditions.

If you have difficulty conceiving, here are some infertility solutions you may want to consider:

1. Change Your Lifestyle

Stop smoking, taking illicit drugs, alcohol, reduce weight, reduce stress and avoid strenuous exercise. Certain medication may have negative effect on your fertility. Check with your doctor on your medication. Have a well-balanced diet and supplement your diet with essential vitamins to make sure you obtain proper nutrition.

2. Fertility Drugs

Your doctor will most likely give you some kind of fertility drugs such as Clomiphene Citrate (often known as Clomid). These drugs regulate your hormones and induce ovulation. There may be some side effects such as headache, nausea and vomiting, hot flashes, mood swings, abdominal discomfort, tender breasts, blurred vision, abnormal uterine bleeding or ovarian cyst. 80% of women who take Clomid ovulate but only 30 to 40% actually get pregnant.

3. Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for some female and male infertility problems. Acupuncture is known to help women to regulate irregular menstrual cycles. It is often used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF). It helps to stimulate blood circulation to the uterus and improve the pregnancy rates. It is also used to improve sperm quality in men. There is no known side effect. However, if you want to go for acupuncture, choose a certified acupuncturist with experience in infertility treatment.

4. Infertility Herbs

Some herbs have been used to treat infertility in both men and women. Herbal medicines have not been widely researched; therefore it is not known whether these herbs have side effects. However, some herbs may have adverse effect when taken with fertility medicines. It is best to make sure your doctor and your physician are aware of the types of herbs and medicines you are taking.

5. Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

What if you still can’t get pregnant after trying all sorts of treatments? A possible infertility solution is using assisted reproductive technologies. Some common ART include intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), IUI is a procedure where sperms are inserted into your uterus at the time when you are ovulating. IVF is a procedure where your eggs are removed from your ovaries and fertilized with your partner’s sperm in a laboratory, and the resulting embryos are then placed in your uterus after several days. ICIS is performed by injecting of a single sperm directly into the center of your egg, and the resulting embryos are then placed back into your uterus.

6. Third Party Reproduction

If all the treatments do not work for you, what other options do you have for you to have a baby? Some alternative infertility solutions for infertile couple are third party reproduction which involves using sperm, eggs or embryo donated by a third party. You should consider all the emotional, social, financial and physical factors before going for these alternatives.

7. Surrogacy

A surrogate is the woman carrying a pregnancy for you. There are two types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational surrogacy. Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate’s own egg is fertilized with your partner’s sperm. The baby is genetically linked to the surrogate and your partner. Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate carries the embryo created after your egg is fertilized with your partner’s sperm. The baby is not genetically linked to the surrogate.

8. Adoption

This is another alternative if you have tried all infertility treatment without success. You have to consider carefully before taking up this option. Many childless couples have opted for adopt babies from foreign countries.

One of these infertility solutions may be right for you. Going through the procedures can give you a lot of emotional and physical pain. Learn more about each of these solutions and consider carefully before you make your decision.

Infertility Solutions For Infertile Couples by Shane Lin

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