Many couples go through years of frustration in their attempt to have children. However, moving straight to in vitro fertilization isn’t the only option a couple has when exploring alternative ways to get pregnant.
Fertility Analysis For Both Partners
Your OBGYN will need to measure the woman’s hormone levels to determine if she can get pregnant on her own. He or she will also measure the Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) hormone to ensure that her fallopian tubes are not blocked. Your doctor will also need to test the man’s sperm to make sure that the parameters for count, shape and movement allow for impregnation.
Women who don’t ovulate regularly may find that taking Clomid will solve the problem. Clomid is an oral medication which helps improve ovulation each month. This may be all that is needed for pregnancy to occur!
Sometimes ovulation is hard to track. In these cases, a woman will take Clomid to increase her fertility and then be monitored to determine the best time for intercourse.
Sometimes the sperm needs to be placed closer to the eggs. The woman will be monitored to determine the time of ovulation. Once the egg is ready, intrauterine insemination is used to place the sperm directly into the uterus.
If one egg at a time doesn’t result in pregnancy, intrauterine insemination can also be used with multiple eggs. Medication is used so the woman produces two to four eggs at once, increasing the chance that the sperm will find at least one of the eggs.
If fertility continues to be an issue, your OBGYN will help you evaluate the next possible steps. In vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and adoption are all wonderful ways to become parents!
See some questions and answers regarding fertility asked by others on our fertility expert’s page.