If you are having trouble conceiving a child, you don’t have to give up hope. Depending on the cause of your infertility, you may be able to find a cure that works for you. Talk to your doctor about the methods that may work in your particular case and have patience–getting pregnant can take a long time even with a little help.
Types of Cures
Women who have problems with ovulation, such as those with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, may be able to conceive with the help of fertility drugs like clomiphene. These drugs stimulate the ovaries to produce and release an egg. If the man has a low sperm count or poor quality sperm, artificial insemination may help. The doctor can collect his sperm and separate the good quality sperm to impregnate you. In vitro fertilization, or IVF–where the doctor fertilizes the egg outside the body, then places it in the uterus for implantation–is another possibility. If you don’t want to use Western medicine, you can try Traditional Chinese Medicine–acupuncture can also help infertility.
If you’re being treated for infertility, you may have already been trying to conceive for a year or more. Naturally, you may long for a quick solution. Infertility treatments often work within the first month or two, but there is no guarantee that this is the case. It could take much longer for you to conceive.
The most common risk associated with infertility cures is multiple births. Fertility drugs can stimulate the ovaries so much that they release more than one egg. With IVF, the doctor often attempts to implant several embryos in the hopes that at least one will attach–sometimes more than one does. Twins and other multiples often are premature, which can affect the babies’ health. It’s also difficult for the mother to carry extra children. Other side effects include premenstrual-like symptoms, such as cramping or headaches.
The cost of infertility treatments can be quite high. Fertility drugs typically cost around $50 per month, but other procedures, such as IVF can cost up to $15,000. As there is no guarantee that the procedure will work the first month, you may have to pay again. Some health insurance plans will cover infertility treatment for couples, so ask what your insurance covers. Infertility clinics often offer payment plans and package plans. For example, if you purchase a package plan, you pay for the cost of three months’ worth of treatments up-front. You may become pregnant on the first attempt–in which case you pay more than the usual monthly cost–but if you don’t conceive within three months, you can get your money back.
One rumor about infertility is that a couple is more likely to become pregnant after adopting a child or starting the adoption process. The idea is that once the stress of trying to conceive goes away, the couple is able to conceive. This doesn’t always work–especially in cases where there is a diagnosed medical condition causing infertility–but it may work in cases of undiagnosed problems.