What is infertility? Can it be treated?

 

Infertility may be defined as the inability to conceive within a year of trying. As per statistics about 85% of couples who want to have a baby, conceive within a year of trying, there are only about 7% of partners who conceive after 12 months of trying. There may also be situations when a couple is asked to seek fertility treatment even before they start trying. This is generally because of several health and other conditions like-

  • Irregular period cycle
  • Frequent pelvic infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Problems of uterine fibroids
  • Male semen defects
  • Female partners age is 35 years and above

Can infertility be treated?

Yes, infertility can definitely be treated in case of both men and women at a reputed infertility treatment centre in India. The couple can first choose to try treating infertility with medication. If it does not work, a number of procedures exist too. But before starting any sort of treatment a couple should be aware of the type of treatment they want and the related costs. This is because a number of infertility treatments are not covered by insurance. Thus, one should know how much he needs to and is willing to spend on such treatments.

Infertility treatment for women

Depending on the cause of the problem the following treatments options are available for women at aninfertility treatment centrein India-

  1. Issues with ovulation-
  • Prescription of clomiphene, a medicine which triggers ovulation
  • Administration of Metformin for treatment of PCOS
  1. Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes-
  • Tubal surgery
  1. Endometriosis-
  • In case of severe or mild endometriosis laparoscopic surgery may be considered.
  1. Unexplained cause of infertility-
  • Prescription of clomiphene
  • Administration of hormone injections
  • Insemination

Infertility treatment for men

If the male partner is facing infertility issues, an infertility treatment centre will generally advise medication, but if that does not work insemination may be opted for.

IVF and ICSi

Invitro fertilization (IVF) is a very common type of assisted reproductive technology (ART). It involves the artificial fertilization of eggs after which they are transferred into the female’s womb.

Intrcytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is another form of ART, in which a male sperm is fertilized with a female egg and the embryo is then placed into the womb.

A couple can try treatment options at an infertility treatment centreor choose to adopt a child too. IVF and ICSI are costly treatment and some couple opt to adopt rather than spend their resources on such treatments.

 

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