If you are experiencing infertility, you already know that you have entered a sometimes confusing and stressful world. You might be wondering what exactly your options and choices are, and how you will know which choice is the right one for your family. Let’s look at a few of the different fertility treatment options and who is the best candidate for them. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
One of the first stops for many couples facing fertility issues is oral medications. The most commonly known oral fertility drug is Clomid. These drugs help your body boost ovulation and produce more eggs, which can help “jumpstart” your ovualation and help you to get pregnant. These oral medications like Clomid and Serophene are usually pretty inexpensive and well tolerated by most patients. Your doctor will probably start you on these medications and if they don’t work within around a 6 month time frame, your doctor may want to try something else. The success rates of these drugs vary, but are somewhere between 20-60%.
Usually this method will be tried if fertility drugs don’t work for you. This is the process in which a catheter is used to inject a concentrated dose of your guy’s sperm into your uterus. It is relatively inexpensive, around $300-$700 for the procedure. It can be a great choice for couples who have a problem with sperm motility or sperm count, since it makes sure that the sperm get to the uterus. The side effects of artificial insemination are usually minor.
This is one of the most popular (and most expensive!) fertility treatment options that are available right now. The in vitro fertilization is pretty simple. Your eggs are removed and are fertilized with your guy’s sperm in a laboratory setting. The fertilized eggs are then placed back inside your uterus. There aren’t a whole lot of side effects beyond the increased risk of multiples. The success rate of this procedure is around 30-35%, but the costs are extremely high at around $8000-$15000 for the procedure.
Gift and Zift
These are two options that are relatively new and a lot like IVF. Your eggs and your partner’s sperm are mixed in a lab. With GIFT, the eggs are not fertilized in the lab. The mixture is inserted back into your fallopian tubes so that fertilization can occur naturally. With ZIFT the eggs are fertilized and then placed back into your body. Both of these options cost around $10,000 and the success rates are around 25-30%.
If none of the above options work for you, your doctor may need to do surgery. This usually occurs if there is a problem with endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes or cysts. You may also need to consider egg or sperm donors, or surrogate parenting options if none of the above options work for you. These are the main types of fertility treatments that are used in fertility medicine today.