Fertility Procedures

If you are having a hard time conceiving, you are not alone, infertility strikes one out of every six couples. If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to have a baby for more than a year, then, it's time to see a doctor to evaluate why you haven't been able to conceive and learn what fertility procedures are available for you.

If you are over 35 or if you've already had a child, and you've been trying for six months to get pregnant, but can't then you need to see your doctor. If you or your mate have experienced any kind of medical condition that would impair your ability to conceive then you should consult with a fertility specialist.

If you see a fertility specialist he or she will want to do an in depth exam as well as a history to gain insight as to what may be causing your infertility. By just talking with you, your doctor may discover problems that he/she may not have learned about otherwise.

Fertility Procedures

• Oral medication

• Gonadotropin therapy - stimulates the ovaries to produce multiple eggs during your cycle

• Reproductive surgery - removes blockages like scar tissue, polyps, open blocked tubes, removes cysts and fibroids

• Intrauterine insemination - this is basically just a sperm wash, after the washing the sperm is placed in the uterus

• In vitro fertilization - this is where your eggs are fertilized in a culture dish and returned to the uterus.

• Intracytoplasmic sperm injection - using an extremely small need, sperm is injected directly into a mature egg

Remember that fertility procedures sometimes take awhile, you may have to try more than one procedure to get pregnant. And keep in mind that there is not always a happily ever after, you may not get pregnant. You may have to use a donor egg, use a surrogate, or adopt. Artificial insemination can work on the first attempt or may take several months, you may require an aggressive treatment process before you get pregnant. You may want to seek therapy while you are going through this process, because the process can be quite stressful on couples.

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