If you are struggling to get pregnant then the first thing you need to do is not panic. The truth is that many people don’t talk about the struggles of falling pregnant, so they assume that everyone gets pregnant as soon as they start trying but this is not the case at all! In fact, many people take over a year to get pregnant so if you have been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully then don’t worry too much! Your first step should be to talk to a doctor who can arrange for tests to be carried out and if necessary advise you of the most suited fertility treatment for you.
You’ll be glad to know that less than 3% of people actually go on to need IVF and most people can be treated with medication and/or lifestyle changes.
Fertility Treatment Options
One option for treating infertility is medication. Around a quarter of women experiencing problems conceiving do so because of ovulation disorders. Usually women can be treated with fertility drugs and they have an 80% success rate.
Drug options include:
Each of these have their own features, benefits, pros and cons. Your doctor will be happy to talk through all of these options with you and work out which one is best!
Surgical Infertility Treatment
If you have a problem with your fallopian tubes, pelvis or abdomen then surgery could be an option when it comes to helping you conceive. You’ll usually have a HSG test and then you can have surgery to remove blockages and repair the problem.
IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
If the problem with fertility lays with the male then IUI might be an option. This basically means that sperm is washed (and made stronger) before it is placed in the uterus. This is also sometimes an option if a sperm donor is used.
IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
By far the most common fertility treatment and the one that most people refer to when talking about having problems conceiving. This works in different ways but has the best success rate out of all of the treatment options. In vitro fertilization results are generally good so it is well worth considering this an option if you are having problems becoming pregnant. Usually eggs and sperm are placed together in a test tube and then placed into the woman’s embryo a few days later.
ZIFT – Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer
This is where the zygote is placed in one of the fallopian tubes. This is usually done via surgery. The good news is that whatever your issues with pregnancy help is out there! The best thing you can do is be proactive and get medical advice as soon as possible. There are lots of different options but success rates are high as long as you are willing to follow medical advice and try out different procedures until you find the one that suits you.