If you have been trying to get pregnant with no luck, then you may have thought about reaching out to your doctor. Infertility can be a daunting thing, but it’s important to remember that there is support out there.
While many of you may have heard of IVF, other methods may be recommended first, depending on your specific situation. Some are less invasive than others.
Below, we will take a look at just five options that your doctor may speak to you about during your appointment.
Want to learn more? Then keep on reading.
If you’re struggling to get pregnant, one of the first things you can do is take ovulation tests. These can be bought at most supermarkets and can help you pinpoint exactly when your body is ovulating.
While they may not always work, they can help you narrow down the best days to try conceiving. If you find that you’re not ovulating or still aren’t getting pregnant even on these days, you can then speak to your GP.
Another method that many doctors recommend before IVF is the use of fertility medicines. These can help in several ways, some of which include:
- Improving fertility in men.
- Stimulating and encouraging ovulation.
Some drugs may come with side effects and won’t often work for those with severe unexplained fertility issues. It’s essential to communicate with your doctor to determine what’s best for you.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
IUI, known as artificial insemination, involves inserting sperm into the womb using a thin plastic tube. You may be offered one if you are using donor sperm or have a condition where you cannot have vaginal sex.
Again like most things on this list, the effectiveness will determine on a few factors, including your age, whether or not you stimulated ovulation, and the reason for your infertility.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
After tests and drugs, you may move on to talking about IVF. Also known as In vitro fertilization, it is the process in which the egg is fertilized outside of the body and then returned back to the womb.
Sometimes donor materials that have been stored in a cryogenic freezer will also be used depending on the situation. It’s also important to note that IVF is not often recommended in those over 40 due to a low success rate.
Finally, another option that can also be discussed with your doctor is surrogacy. This involves planting an egg and sperm from a couple into a surrogate’s uterus. Then, they carry and give birth to the child on behalf of the other person.
Before considering this, it’s important that you do your research and know the rules and laws associated with surrogacy.
And that’s it. As you can see from the above, there are quite a few different infertility options that may be recommended to you. Before making any decision, you must communicate openly with your doctor to know the effects, risks, and success rates.