Infertility-No longer a bane


The popular misconception about infertility is that it cannot be treated. There are several facts that this concept fails to address. Firstly, what is infertility? Secondly, types of infertility and their causes. Finally, what about the several available treatments?


What is infertility?

Infertility is not a disease although its causal factor just might be. Inability to conceive or carry out a pregnancy to a full term is referred to as infertility. The male as well as the female in the partnership might contribute to the reason behind such a status. But, mostly it is a reversible or treatable condition. So, surely you are not facing impending doom if you or your partner has not been able to conceive.

Types of infertility and the causes…

Endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease related infertility, thyroid disorder related infertility, azoospermia related infertility- these are all types of infertility. Their causal factors are different just like their diagnostics and treatments are. So, typecasting every type of infertility as untreatable is not a very wise choice.

Infertility treatments…

Several infertility treatments are available these days. The different surveys conducted over the years have proven that the success rates of these treatments have been fairly high. Moreover, when tried and tested methods fail, you can also try the alternative routes such as: acupuncture, herbs, homeopathic treatment, etc.

Now that the cloud of misconception has subsided, let’s talk about infertility treatment as a whole. There are several factors guiding a perfect treatment plan:

• Cause of the infertility.
• Diagnostics.
• Expectations.
• How far do you intend to take the treatment?
• Budget.
• Insurance coverage.
• Time.

Like everything else, for this too you need to sit down with your OBGYN or infertility specialist and chalk out a suitable plan. It can be rough around the edges and you can make adjustments as you go but, making a plan is a must even if just to keep a track of how far you have come.But, if you have not consulted a specialist yet, it is time you did. A specialist will ensure that you are well informed and well cared for.

There are several medications available a concoction of which might be the miracle potion you need and if all else fails there is surgery. The underlying problem might be as simple as a lifestyle choice or as complicated as a complex physical barrier. But, almost always there is a way out.

The several infertility treatments include:

• Drugs or medications- Fertility medications are generally given to women experiencing ovulation disorders and more than 80% of these women have reportedly found their solution in these medications.

• Surgery- Fallopian tube obstruction and dysfunction are two of the primary causes of infertility. This issue can be straightened out through surgery.

• IUI or Intrauterine insemination- This fertility treatment involves separating slow moving sperms from fast moving ones and then placing the fast moving ones into a woman’s uterus. It comes in handy if your partner has low sperm count or low sperm motility.

• ART- Then there is ART or Assisted Reproductive Technologies. This technology includes several treatment options including IVF, GIFT and ZIFT. Of all these IVF is the most successful one.

The good thing is that with the advent of technology, medical science too is evolving and breaking boundaries. As days go by new tools and techniques are being discovered every day to fight infertility. Several medical facilities are embracing these new and improved affordable yet minimally invasive techniques under the guidance of expert medical practitioners with an extensive experience.

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