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What You Should Know about Fertility Treatments

Posted Sunday, March 29, 2009 9:51 PM

Fertility Treatment InfoFertility treatment is a very serious path to undertake when dealing with infertility. It is a commitment which takes much hard work and financial obligations. Fertility treatment should be discussed only after a couple has tried to conceive with no success.

One of the first things that you will face with fertility treatment is a physical examination. This is going to be a complete examination. There will be blood work. There will be a pelvic examination. This physical is not just for the woman. The man will also have to undergo a physical exam.

The blood work will help to determine whether or not the woman is ovulating. Her hormone levels will be measured. The man will also have his hormone levels checked. His sperm count will be tested. The medical staff will examine every reason why fertility treatment is necessary.

If it is determined that the woman is not ovulating the doctor may prescribe a medication such as clomiphene citrate. This medicine has been used for many years in fertility treatment to help the woman ovulate. The success rate for this medicine is fantastic.

It is important to understand the fertility treatment begins at home. You should learn how your body works. You should understand your hormone cycle and your menstrual cycle. You should be able to determine when you are ovulating. These are all questions the doctor is going to ask you when you first start fertility treatment. Being able to answer his or her questions knowledgeably will increase the success of the fertility treatment.

Fertility treatment should always start with the least invasive procedures. There are so many options available it would only make sense to start with the simple ones. The first of course would be the fertility drugs. Sometimes this is all that is needed.

The next step would be artificial insemination. This is a vaginal procedure which inserts a concentrated dose of the sperm into the uterus. With this fertility treatment timing is everything. This is one of the reasons why the fertility specialist will determine when the woman is ovulating. It would make no sense to do this procedure if there was no egg in the fallopian tube.

Fertility treatment will also include an examination of the fallopian tubes. This will help to determine if there is any damage or blockage. Many times corrective surgery can be done to alleviate the problem.

One of the most expensive forms of fertility treatment is in vitro fertilization. The woman would go through several weeks of hormone treatments to ensure a good supply of eggs are in the ovaries. At the optimum time the eggs are removed surgically. They are then introduced to the sperm for fertilization. Once fertilization has been established the eggs are then placed back into the uterus. The woman is closely monitored to determine if she has become pregnant.

It is important to discuss all the fertility treatment options available to you. Talk with your doctor to see what steps you need to take.

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