Infertility treatment plans are based on the origin or the many causes of infertility. It also depends on just how far you want to take the treatment. This is a very emotional time and can be financially stressful as well. You should consider all the alternatives and discuss and end point. Insurance will cover some of the cost but not all and then there are possible surgery and IVF treatments to consider. So, try and set the emotions a side and at least come up with a preliminary plan. You can always make adjustments to the plan along the way.
Low-tech and natural forms of treatments are being used widely all over the world. Natural remedies such as vitamins to help promote ovulation or increase semen, acupuncture is being used for males and females and treatments as simple as eliminating lifestyle issues that may be creating infertility issues.
Then there are the traditional fertility specialist forms of treatment such as medications and surgery that make up more than 85% of the treatments for couples dealing with infertility. This does not mean that all of these couples require medication or surgery this is just the method that they chose to improve fertility for them. However, 3% of infertile couples will resort to using Assisted Reproductive Technologies such as IVF. Couples that begin treatment for infertility are likely to improve their health condition and more than two-thirds of these couples are also likely to have a child.
Some of the common methods of infertility treatment are:
Drugs or Medications: Fertility medications are very usually prescribed to woman experiencing ovulation disorders. More than 25% of the reported cases of infertility worldwide are due to ovulation disorders and prescription drugs are considered to be the first line of treatment for this condition. Fertility medications are believed to have helped more than 80% of the women to ovulate on time. Some of the common drugs in this category are Clomid, Arimidex, Femara, Gonadotropuns and others. Taking prescription medication is not always enough. To help promote proper ovulation many times lifestyle changes are need as well so that the patient will respond well to the treatment.
Surgery: Fallopian tubes obstruction is the leading cause of infertility that requires surgery. In over 35% of the case of female infertility, the fallopian tubes are either blocked or are not functioning properly. There could also be problems with the abdomen and the pelvis as well. A test is conducted to see if the internal organs are functioning properly or not. If there is a blockage, a laparoscopic surgery may help in removing the obstruction and repair any damage within the tubes. This procedure will allow the patient to get back to a normal life very soon.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART): ART refers to the infertility treatments involving the embryos or the eggs. This technology includes different treatment options like GIFT, ZIFT and IVF. IVF is a very common infertility treatment and is one of the most successful as well. IVF is most effective when a woman is under the age of 35; the success rate is 35% during this stage. However, as a woman ages the success rate of this method declines.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): Also known as artificial insemination, this procedure involves the placing of sperm into the female uterus directly. This method is commonly used in treating unexplained infertility, problems with male infertility and cervical mucus in woman. The success rate of this infertility treatment has been quite high. However, this treatment also requires adequate care.
Infertility treatments vary from patient to patient. Many natural forms of therapy are available, however in some more severe cases couples may require medical treatment and possibly even surgery. As always a patient needs to consult a doctor for his or her proper diagnosis and treatment.