For many couples, having a baby is part of their life plan together and they assume that they will be able to easily conceive. However, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and it isn’t uncommon for couples to experience issues with fertility. When unable to conceive naturally, many will consider all options available and do anything they can to be able to start a family. Thankfully, these days, there are many amazing treatments that can help couples who are experiencing problems with fertility.
With continual advancements in science and technology, more often than not there are multiple different options available for you to consider and when turning to a fertility specialist, you can ensure that you’re opting for the best treatment for your individual situation. If you’re interested in finding out more about the most common treatments that are recommended by fertility specialists, keep reading today.
Ovulation induction treatments
Some women have an irregular menstrual cycle and this can cause them to experience issues when trying to conceive. Ovulation induction treatments can help you to ensure that you’re taking advantage of your most fertile time of the month. With the help of fertility medication and regular ultrasounds, you may be able to fall pregnant.
Natural cycle monitoring
This is another treatment that is ideal for women who aren’t necessarily aware of their menstrual cycle. Natural cycle monitoring is fairly self-explanatory and it involves ultrasound scans at regular intervals to identify ovulation. A better understanding of your natural cycle is always beneficial, as sexual activity at the right time can aid your chances of falling pregnant
This is one of the most well-known treatments and IVF is an option that is often considered. During this treatment, eggs will be removed from your ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory before being returned to your womb to grow and develop into a baby. There are many steps to this treatment and it is slightly more complex than other options available.
Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI, is quite similar to IVF. However, with ICSI treatment, a single sperm is used and it is injected directly into an egg, whereas many sperm are simply placed near the egg during IVF. This is commonly used to aid couples who have male fertility issues, such as low sperm count, and it can be incredibly effective.
Artificial insemination treatments
When wanting to increase the chances of sperm finding your eggs, an artificial insemination treatment may be used. This is also commonly referred to as intrauterine insemination, IUI, and it is a fairly straightforward fertility treatment. Essentially, higher concentrations of good quality sperm will be placed close to the egg in the womb, increasing the chance of fertilisation.
Sperm or egg donation
Sometimes, couples may be advised to consider either sperm or egg donation to increase their pregnancy success rates. This can be recommended for lots of different reasons in a range of circumstances and it is a big decision to make because it includes using the sperm or eggs from another person. The IVF or ICSI technique will have to be used as well with this treatment.
Another type of third party reproduction is surrogacy and this is an option that helps many LGBT couples. There are two kinds of surrogacy arrangements; traditional/straight surrogacy and gestational surrogacy, so a fertility specialist will inform you of both. When considering surrogacy, you should seek advice from a family solicitor from early in the process.
Choosing which treatment to undertake
Hopefully, you will now have a better understanding of some of the most common treatments to be recommended by fertility specialists, so if you’re experiencing problems with fertility, you won’t be unaware of what’s available to you. Of course, it is important to remember that every couple’s situation is different and the treatment that may be recommended for one might not be right for another, and you should trust a fertility specialist to advise you further.
If you would like to speak to someone about fertility treatments, please contact our team here at London IVF & Genetics Centre today. We can provide you with an initial consultation and a diagnostic assessment to help identify the problems that you’re experiencing before advising which treatments are most suitable to your individual situation. You can guarantee that we will always inform you of the treatments that will give you the best chance of a successful outcome and help you make the best-informed decisions at every step of your fertility treatment.