Infertility treatments and what they are all about
- Author Daphnis Hughes
- Published October 9, 2011
- Word count 441
Infertility is a reproductive system condition which impairs conception. Additionally, women who get pregnant but then suffer miscarriages are also considered infertile. A survey has shown that one in every six couples has trouble getting pregnant. Although some causes of infertility cannot be treated it is now possible for women to become pregnant courtesy of assisted reproductive technology and many other procedures used as part of infertility treatment in fertility centers.
Infertility Treatments range from fertility drugs, surgery, artificial insemination, or the assisted reproductive technology, and some of these treatments are normally combined. Doctors normally recommend a specific infertility treatment based on test results, how long a couple has been trying to get pregnant, age of both the man and woman, overall health of the partners, and the preferences of the partners.
In cases where infertility in women is caused by ovulation disorders, fertility drugs are normally the main form of infertility treatment used. The medication is normally used to either induce or regulate ovulation and they work just like the natural hormones i.e. the follicle stimulating hormones (FSH) and the luteinizing hormone (LH) to trigger ovulation.
Some of the fertility drugs commonly used include Clomiphene Citrate tablet which is taken orally and used to regulate the quality and timing of ovulation so as to increase the chances of conception. This fertility drug is especially useful for women with irregular menstrual cycles.
The FSH and HMG are injectable drugs administered to stimulate the ovaries to develop multiple follicles. These injectable infertility treatments are also used for in vitro fertilization IVF to help women who have not successfully conceived after using the Clomiphene Citrate tablet.
The Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is another injectable drug which mimics the natural LH surge. This causes the maturation and ovulation of mature eggs from the ovary.
Progesterone is another commonly used infertility treatment. It is available in form of intramuscular injection or vaginal suppository. It is usually administered when the ovulation process is complete. Progesterone affects the uterus lining to make it more receptive for implantation. However, if the conservative infertility treatments do not work, a physician may suggest the patient to undergo assisted reproductive technology techniques like IVF or zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT).
Causes of infertility vary greatly as there are different components of the reproductive system. These components must work in sync for conception and full term pregnancy to take place. If you have been trying to conceive for a while and you are unable to, take the initiative to visit a fertility center which has reputable specialists who will advise you on the best infertility treatment that will increase your chances of conception.
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