Fertility Problems - Topic Overview
A wide range
of treatments is available. Depending on what is causing the problem, a couple may
be able to:
- Take a medicine that helps the woman
- Have a procedure that puts sperm directly inside the
- Have a surgery that corrects a problem
endometriosis or blocked fallopian tubes.
Have a procedure that might increase the man's sperm count.
If these options aren't possible or don't work for you,
you may want to think about in vitro fertilization (IVF). During an IVF, eggs and
sperm are mixed in a lab so the sperm can fertilize the eggs. Then the doctor
puts one or more fertilized eggs into the woman's uterus. Many couples try IVF
more than once.
Treatment for fertility problems can be stressful,
costly, and hard on your body. Before you start testing, make some decisions
about how far you are willing to go with treatment. You may change your mind later, but it's a good idea
to start with a plan.
- Learn all you can about the tests and
treatments. Then decide which you want to try. For example, some couples agree
to try medicines but don't want surgery or other treatments.
out how much treatments cost and whether your insurance will cover them. If you
don't have insurance, decide what you can afford.
Treatments for fertility problems can increase your chances of
getting pregnant. But they also increase your chance of having twins, triplets, or more. Be sure to discuss the risks with
Fertility problems can put a lot of strain on a
couple. It may help to see a counselor with experience in fertility problems. Think
about joining a support group. Talking with other people who are going through the same thing can help you feel less alone.