Welcome to the second part of Getting Professional Infertility Help (part 2), and the ninth of the series of 100 Tips For getting pregnant. Again, you will need your doctor’s help and consent to follow any of these methods – this is just letting you know what’s potentially available. Click on this link, if you missed part 1 of Getting Professional Infertility Help (part 1).
81 – Do Your Research Regarding Professional Treatment Options
Whilst you don’t want to be negative about your chances of getting pregnant, it’s always useful to find out early about potential professional treatments. Some might take a little while to set up and you, at least, need to factor this in when undertaking your family planning. At the very least, look at the options outlined in this and the previous article and investigate those further.
82 – Try an IVF scholarship
I’m not sure about other areas of the world, but this is certainly a possibility in the United States. IVF is not cheap, but looking for a scholarship might just bring this procedure within reach. You might have to undertake some form of work for the generous company / organization, but the rewards will be well worth it.
83 – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
This can be used to improve the success rate of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Basically it involves the sperm being injected directly into the middle of the egg. It is not to be confused with tip no. 80 where the sperm where injected near the fallopian tube, but not actually into the egg.
84 – Donor Sperm – If The Issue Is With Your Man
Again in tip 80, I spoke about a procedure called Intra-Uterine Insemination. If this does not work, then there is always using donated sperm. Of course, the rates of success are still dependent of fertility factors of the woman, but the donated sperm should, at least be healthy.
85 – The Menopause Isn’t Just For The Over 50’s
Whilst the average age for a woman to start her menopause is 51, do not think that women a lot younger are immune to this. In fact, this can start as early as your 30’s. Therefore, if you are of this age, then do not rule out the menopause as being part of any problems you might have. Remember, the symptoms can include : unusually heavy or light periods; periods that are irregular; & hot flashes. Of course the menopause affects the ovaries and so the uterus itself is not affected. Therefore, you can still use donated eggs and embryos (see Tips 78 and 79).
86 – Have A Hysteriosalpingiogram
This is a useful – yet simple – test, which can really help to reveal fertility issues. An x-ray, following a dye injection into the uterus, can hi-light numerous issues, such as : polyps, pelvic scar tissue, blocked fallopian tubes and fibroid tumours.
87 – Get Endometriosis Treated
This condition is where cells of the uterus lining grow elsewhere in the body. This has the potential to cause infertility which could get progressively worse in time. Further details on this condition can be found here : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001913/
88 – Help Your Doctor Find A Solution
It is very important that you do find a treatment that is right for you. There is no doubt that you will have much more success in following through with a treatment (however complex), if you and your doctor are ‘on the same page’. You are certainly in the right place, on this web site, to review the options available that you can take forward with your doctor. Now work with them as a team.
89 – Consider A Naturopathic Doctor
If you believe in alternative treatments (I certainly do), then it is well worth considering a doctor who specializes in naturopathic medicine. Not only will you have a good chance of conceiving, but the very nature of the treatment (with natural ingredients and life-style changes) will mean that your over-all wellness will be improved. The types of treatment used by these doctors can also be used in conjunction with more established practices (e.g. IVF).
90 – Surrogacy As An Option
This is where another woman carries the child during pregnancy. One option is where the eggs & uterus is made available (surrogate). Here, your partner’s sperm is injected to the surrogate mother after her ovulation. The other option is only where the uterus is donated (gestational carrier). In this option, your eggs and your partner’s sperm are fertilized in the laboratory and then placed into the gestational carrier’s uterus. Surrogacy is a tough decision as there are many things to consider in addition to the medical formalities (e.g. ethical and legal issues).
And that just leaves one final article in this series. Some would say that I have certainly saved the best tips for last. Please click the link below :
Part 10 : Top 10 Tips For Getting Pregnant