Infertility treatments can take on many forms. Our physicians work with you to understand your goals and develop a plan to meet them. While most people think “IVF” when someone says “infertility treatments”, there are many varying degrees of treatment from the basic treatments to the more advanced treatments. Treatment plans can also include the use of 3rd party reproduction options or those looking to preserve their fertility for social or medical reasons.
During your initial consultation with your physician, she will discuss the different options that may be a fit and answer any questions you have.
Basic Infertility Treatments
- Timed intercourse is the simplest form of treatment a couple can receive. With a limited timeframe for fertilization to occur, it is important to have intercourse at the appropriate time.
- Ovulation induction medications are used to help grow follicles and time the release of the egg for women we are not ovulating.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is accomplished by placing highly concentrated sperm directly into the uterus to increase the chance of conception.
Advanced Infertility Treatments
- In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a procedure where eggs are retrieved from a woman and inseminated with sperm from a man in a laboratory to create embryos.
- A frozen embryo transfer (FET) is when a frozen embryo from a previous cycle of IVF is thawed and transferred into a woman’s uterus with the hope that implantation occurs.
- Genetic testing (PGS & PGD) of embryos is an additional step in the IVF process that can screen for chromosomal abnormalities or diagnose embryos with a known genetic disease.
- Fertility surgery can, in some cases, surgical treatment is the best way to give patients the highest chance of success.
3rd Party Reproduction Options
- A gestational carrier or gestational surrogate carries a pregnancy for an individual or couple who are not able to carry the pregnancy themselves.
- Donor eggs are used by women whose eggs are no longer viable or by gay couples when trying to become parents.
- Donor sperm is used when a man’s sperm is not viable or by lesbian couples when trying to conceive a pregnancy.
Individuals and couples can choose to freeze sperm, eggs or embryos to preserve future fertility. This can be done for social reasons (waiting to have children) or when medical treatments or procedures may harm one’s fertility.
To understand what infertility treatments may be best for your situation, contact us today to schedule a consultation.