Infertility- What Are My Options?

Not being able to have biological children is a fear most people hope they never to have to face.

fertility-pregnancy-IVFAlthough we might not all have grown up knowing for sure if children were in our future, or already have our baby names picked out – James if it’s a boy Violet if it’s a girl – having the decision whether or not to have children taken away from us, due to biological issues inside our bodies, can be devastating.

When trying to have children, it can of course, become very frustrating when you aren’t getting pregnant. If you find this is the case, it is recommended that you go to the doctor after one year of failing to conceive. It’s always a good idea to get tested to really understand what is happening in your body. The main signs a woman may be infertile is if her menstrual cycles are too long (35 days or more) or are too short (21 days or less).

When going for fertility tests, it is good to have an idea of what to expect. For women, samples of blood will most likely be tested to check for the presence of the hormone Progesterone. For men, a semen sample is obtained for analysis, checking its quality and quantity.

Sitting in a waiting room waiting for the results of yet more testing takes its toll, and it’s easy to feel helpless as the image of the life you had planned drifts further out of reach. Luckily nowadays, these results don’t have to be so final as we finally have other options.

Intrauterine Insemination

Among many of the long and complicated term names you might have heard being thrown about in your doctor’s office, one of them is Intrauterine Insemination. This refers to a procedure so simple it is done without anesthesia. The main reason couples decide on this option is due to unexplained fertility issues; these could be anything including;

  • Low sperm count
  • Low sperm mobility
  • Sexual dysfunction

As well as these, it is a popular choice for single-sex female couples where they don’t have ready access to sperm.

In Vitro Fertilization

Commonly known as IVF treatment, In Vitro Fertilization is the process where an egg is injected with sperm out of the body in a laboratory dish. This is done so that fertilization can occur outside of the body. It is the most popular choice for so many couples due to the high positive results it gets making it the most successful fertility option today.

Family Building

MCRM fertility offers a range of fertility options for same-sex couples. When approaching pregnancy as a same-sex couple, it’s important to do your research. It used to be that adoption was the only option for these couples, but with advances in medicine and treatments, it is now possible to conceive with help from such a facility.

When choosing a facility to work with to have your family, it’s important to pick one that is welcoming and understanding of the added obstacles that most same-sex couples will face.

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Last Updated on February 17, 2021 by Marie Benz MD FAAD