Welcome to Getting Professional Infertility Help (part 1). This is part eight of the 100 Tips For Getting Pregnant series. This is a two part mini-series on getting professional help. The second part can be found on the link at the bottom of this page.
With the tips contained within these two pages, you will need to consult your doctor and so really they should be seen as the ‘second layer’ of treatments, after you have tried some of the ‘quick wins’ mentioned in the previous seven articles.
71 – Test for Fertility Early On
Despite what I have said in the introduction about having first and second layers of ‘treatments’, one thing you should certainly do early on, if you suspect problems, is to actually test for fertility. Don’t assume that things will just run smoothly. The sooner to identify any problems the sooner you can resolve them.
72 – Learn About Your Body
None of us a born with an in depth working knowledge of our bodies, and unless you are in the medical profession, than chances are that your education of ‘what goes on inside’ will be basic at best. Of course all the knowledge in the world isn’t going to make an underperforming body good, but it will at least give you the knowledge needed in order for you or your partner to make the necessary changes.
73 – Are Your Genes The Problem ?
This really is a complex area, but might be worth the expense (at some stage) to undergo pre-implementation genetic tests. Basically, if genetic issues are suspected then embryo selection can be undertaken to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy – although success rates do seem to be disputed. Wikipedia again has a nice little introduction if you did want to take this a little further : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preimplantation_genetic_diagnosis#Indications_and_applications
74 – How A Chiropractor Can Help
I’ve mentioned elsewhere that you really need to ‘think outside the box’ when trying to get pregnant. This next idea really will get a few eye-brows raised, but stay with me for a minute. Many people do not appreciate that the spine has 1000’s of nerve endings. These affect the nervous system (obviously). So what’s the link ? Well it’s the nervous system that controls, and is effectively responsible for, ovulation. If your back and its nerves are not in alignment, then it follows that ovulation (and therefore fertility) will also be out of alignment. Studies in this area have proved that the work of a chiropractor can improve fertility in some women.
75 – Try A Postcoital Test
Usually undertaken during ovulation, this test checks the swimming efforts of sperm in the woman’s cervical mucus. A doctor can tell quite a bit from the way the sperm are swimming, or indeed if they have died too quickly or if there is a low sperm count.
76 – IVF
In vitro fertilization (IVF) can help in many instances of infertility. After assisting the growth of many eggs, they are fertilized in the lab, with the male’s sperm. Unfortunately this does come at a cost, however. You will of course need to consult your doctor and be assessed for such treatment. It’s certainly not for everyone, but the rewards are life changing.
77 – Don’t Just Rely On Your General Practitioner
Without doubt, if you are having problems you must see an infertility specialist also known as a reproductive endocrinologist. It’s true that a regular gynaecologist can review and provide simple treatments, following a review of initial tests. But a fertility specialist really needs to be employed with more complex matters. They should be specifically fully qualified in infertility matters, being a fellow in REI (Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility).
78 – Donor Eggs Are An Option
If your eggs are of poor quality or quantity, or you have complete ovarian failure, then your only option might be to use a donated egg. These have been successfully utilized for the past 30 years and are certainly a viable option.
79 – Donor Embryos Work As Well
Less well known is the fact that you can receive donor embryos. This is usually undertaken when your own embryos are not strong enough to survive. You will need to check with your fertility center to see if they run such a program
80 – Intra-Uterine Insemination
For this procedure, male sperm are provided by your partner and injected close to the fallopian tube at ovulation – to give the best possible chance of conception. This is usually undertaken where there is a blockage in the woman’s tubes, or even when the male sperm struggle to swim, or their shelf-life is limited.
I hope you enjoyed the first of the two parts relating to getting outside help. For the next part, click