Thankfully, if testing reveals a problem, there are many treatments available to help. Depending upon the cause of infertility, the most common treatments are:
• Fertility drugs: These medications (the most common are Clomiphene and Gonadotropins) help regulate reproductive hormones and trigger ovulation. Success rates for Gonadotropins are 15% per cycle (with timed intercourse). 80% of women who take Clomiphene ovulate within the first three months of treatment. Of those, 30 – 40% conceive by the end of their third treatment cycle.
• Intrauterine Insemination: This procedure involves depositing a concentrated amount of sperm directly into the uterus via a catheter. The success rate is 7-16% for each treatment cycle.
• In vitro fertilization: Eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. The resulting embryos are then transferred to your uterus where they may, or may not successfully implant. The success rate for IVF varies tremendously based on a woman’s age. For women under 34, the success rate is 40%. For women 43 and over, it drops to 5%.
Several other treatments exist. Your fertility specialist can help you decide which may be an option for your particular situation.
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