What makes infertility or IVF treatment so special? Defining Infertility. What exactly is infertility?
Is infertility a female or male issue? If you were pregnant once, would you be infertile today? If a couple has been trying for a baby for years and has yet to conceive, what are the possible reasons behind their inability to conceive? If a couple has been trying for a child of a specific gender, and yet cannot, what is the cause of this gender limit? If there is an imbalance of hormones in the body, this can also be a reason for male-patterned infertility. Hormones play such a huge part in our ability to conceive that often we ignore them.
The most important aspect of infertility treatment is pinpointing the underlying cause of infertility, which is often caused by one’s lifestyle. Some illnesses and diseases can cause female problems such as hormonal imbalances. Other factors that can cause infertility are: smoking, drinking alcohol, over exercising, and not getting enough sleep.
The leading form of treatment is to “test” the couple’s ovulation to see if they will be able to conceive. Most fertility clinics will do this test at home, by taking your temperature daily and charting it. This allows the fertility doctor to set up a more specific chart for you, which focuses specifically on your symptoms. It will also allow you to get pregnant faster, as ovulation rates fluctuate greatly from day today. A couple will then be taught how to correct any problems in the testing process. This may include timing intercourse around your most fertile time, reducing stress in the bedroom, and using fertility drugs.
If medications are unsuccessful, then other treatments become available. One option that couples have had success with is called hormonal or estrogen therapy. This form of treatment involves taking small doses of estrogen to combat the negative effects of ovarian tumors. However, this form of treatment can have certain side effects and is not without other risks. For women who are especially concerned about ovarian tumors, there is a chance of miscarriage when the hormone estrogen is administered during pregnancy.
In some cases, no matter what treatment you choose, couples are still unable to conceive despite planning everything out meticulously. Unfortunately, in these cases, the couple has to move forward without knowing the cause of their infertility. Couples may need to consider adoption or surrogacy. These alternative methods of pregnancy require a great deal of skill and knowledge on your part, which your doctor will not be able to provide.