Why is infertility treatment important?
Treatment methods depend on the cause of infertility. Your doctor will certainly advise you to start with a slightly intrusive method. Novel, high-tech treatments such as in vitro fertilization are viewed as a last resort, mainly because of the high cost and complexity of such a procedure. However, drug treatment and surgical intervention are very effective. Couples who are now happy parents have only been treated with fertility drugs or one has had minor surgery.
Treatment depends on many factors, such as:
• the woman's age
• the texture of the semen
• the length of time the couple has been experiencing infertility
• whether the woman has already been pregnant.
The treatment methods from the light to the most serious intervention are:
• Medications for infertility
When a woman's hormonal balance is out of balance or disrupted (in some cases in a man as well), special medications get the reproductive system back on track.
• Fertilization of the ovum using a catheter
In some cases, the short distance of the sperm to the egg cell is the solution. A large dose of your partner's sperm placed in your uterus or fallopian tubes can promote fertilization. This "assisted reproduction" can also help couples where the male semen cannot pass through the woman's cervical mucus. This type of fertilization (homologous insemination, in contrast to heterologous insemination, here the semen comes from a strange man) is a preliminary stage to artificial insemination. You can work completely without medication, with lighter and also with very effective hormones. For ovulation, the sperm is fed into the uterus via a catheter, thereby shortening the distance between the egg and the sperm. A sperm donor is also possible.
• Surgical intervention
Blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts - associated with fertility problems - are often treated surgically.
• Supportive treatments leading to pregnancy
Infertility drugs and other conventional treatments are combined with high-tech methods such as egg retrieval, low sperm count treatment, fallopian tube problems or ovulation problems. These procedures include artificial insemination, transfer of the gamete into the fallopian tube, transfer of the fertilized egg into the fallopian tube, cytoplasmic sperm injection and use of donor eggs or sperm.
What Are My Chances of Getting Pregnant As A Result Of The Treatment?
Success depends largely on your age and the reason you are infertile - younger women are more likely to conceive than women over 40. Assuming you are in excellent health, may have cut down on alcohol and caffeine consumption, improved your diet and stopped smoking, then yes you probably have the best chance of getting pregnant.
Don't forget your emotional stress! Researchers found a strong link between depression and infertility. A recent study found that women who are open about their depression are twice as likely to conceive as those who keep their feelings to themselves. Many clinics offer a psychological counseling service, and support groups can introduce you to other members who can support you and share your infertility experiences with.