What are the different types of fertility treatments I should consider?
Real Mom Problem
“After much disappointment, I have an appointment to discuss options with a fertility doctor. What treatments did you do? What were your results? We want a child so badly.”
- 1. If you have been having trouble conceiving, you might consider getting help, including fertility drugs or a more invasive procedure
- 2. Ask your doctor about tests you can take to determine the cause of your infertility
- 3. Think about seeing a reproductive endocrinologist if further treatment is necessary
- 4. Consider medications or natural alternatives before trying something more invasive
- 5. Remember, the answers below are not medical advice and should not be relied on as medical advice or used in lieu of speaking with a medical professional
Real Mom Solutions
If are having trouble conceiving, you might be considering fertility treatments. Let the experiences of the women on CafeMom help you determine your next step.
Learn the Most Common Procedures
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is also known as artificial insemination, where they inject the catheter through the cervix and directly into your uterus. This option is good if your husband has low sperm count, or if the sperm just has some trouble getting to their destination for one reason or another (fibroids, endometriosis, lack of fertile-quality cervical mucus) and need some help getting there. It's non-invasive and simple. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is when they collect eggs from your ovaries and fertilize them in a Petri dish with your husband's sperm. Two days later, they put the fertilized eggs back into your uterus. It's pretty invasive, plus you would be required to take pills to get your body to produce as many eggs as possible.
Some Women Use Medication Successfully
Tamoxifen (to stimulate ovulation) and metformin (to treat PCOS) helped get my baby boy. I'm 21 weeks pregnant!
I took Clomid (to induce ovulation) and conceived twins the first cycle.
Surgery Can Sometimes Help
Last year I had an exploratory laparoscopy to check for endometriosis or blockages. They can do an internal ultrasound but it cannot guarantee results. They told me typically only large blockages show up on the screen, and that the laparoscopy is much more conclusive. I had the surgery and discovered I had some scar tissue.
I had laparoscopy for a hypervascularized ovary. I recovered in five days. I had my cycle two weeks later and my doctor told me to try to conceive again.
Consider These Alternative Treatments
I actually took an herbal supplement I found out about on the internet called Ovulex. I was 31 at the time and had never been pregnant and was told that I could not get pregnant without help. Well we got pregnant after one month of taking it regularly. I was shocked.
I've been taking vitex (chaste berry) for about a week now. It's an herbal supplement and I started taking it to help regulate my period but it's supposed to help with fertility too.
I will always recommend trying the natural route before attempting fertility medication. There are several herbs you can try. Vitex is one of the most popular for regulating your cycle. Evening primrose oil is good for increasing your fertile cervical fluid. You can use parsley to induce your period. In fact, I've read that parsley is good for regulating your cycle overall. It doesn't take much searching to find natural ways to regulate your cycle.
I would try to lose weight for a couple of months first, and then go with the fertility meds. I think they'd be a little more responsive and effective.