Options if having trouble conceiving

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When it has been determined that you cannot conceive, you should not lose hope because technological advancements today have made it possible for doctors to use sophisticated techniques to help women conceive. This post looks at some of the options available.

IUI/IVF

If  a women is not able to conceive because of a medical problem that cannot be overcome, infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) could be tried. Alternatively, women who have tried to conceive several times but end up with miscarriage can use the services of a surrogate mother.

Where IVF process

The ovaries are stimulated so as to encourage the follicles to produce eggs. Hormones such as leueinizing hormone (LH), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)  may be used. The egg is then retrieved after the patient is put on anaesthetic treatment.  The male produces the sperm in the morning of retreieval which is them washed in a special mixture before scientists choose the best one and places them in a dish together with the eggs. The sperms and the egg will find each other and fertilization takes place.  The embryo is then put in a special incubator with amino acids to encourage the embryo to grow.  After 6 days, the embryo is implanted in the uterus.

Intrauterine insemination

A three step process where a woman is put on fertility drugs and the partner is requested to provide sperm sample or you may opt for donar sperm which has been specially washed and ready for insemination. The sperm is then injected in the uterus. After some days, a pregnancy test is conducted to determine if fertilization took place or not.

Surrogacy

This is where  another woman’s uterus is used to carry a fertilised embryo.  The surrogate mother carries the baby for 9 months and after delivery the baby is given to the infertile woman. The doctor may use the ovaries from the infertile woman or could use eggs from other donors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dan Canfield
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