You are either newly married, or you have been married for some time and you’ve made that decision to start a family it can be utterly devastating to find out that you are infertile and having a child could be impossible. You are not alone millions of people all around the world are affected by infertility, the good news is that in up to 90% of cases infertility can be overcome thanks to medical and surgical treatment.
Diagnosed in both men and women, infertility is a disease of the reproductive system which affects the ability for couples to conceive and deliver a child. Infertility can be diagnosed at a fertility clinic after a year of couples trying to conceive without any luck. If the woman is over 35 years of age your local fertility centre can diagnose the condition in 6 months.
There are a number of factors in both the male and the female that can cause the condition with one in every 6 couples affected by infertility. A fertility Doctor will divide cases into male cause, female cause, both male and female causes and unknown causes. Once the cause is known, be it the male or the female the fertility doctor can personalise a plan to help the couple conceive a child.
Treatment options include:
- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
- Ovulation Induction (OI)
- Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm injection (ICSI)
- Artificial Insemination using partner’s semen (IUI)
- Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer (GIFT)
- Timed Intercourse (IC) or Cycle Monitoring
- Embryo Freezing and Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET)
- Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE) and Percutaneous
- Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
- Epididymal Sperm Aspiration (PESA)
- Sperm and Egg Banking
- Donor Insemination (IUDI)
- Ooccyte Donation (DOP)
The treatment for each patient is different and will depend on the cause of the infertility diagnosed by your fertility doctor.
Treatment options are varied and treatments can help with a range of fertility problems. If a woman needs to produce more eggs infertility drugs can help. If the drugs don’t work surgery is another option that can be performed at your fertility clinic. If the woman cannot produce her own eggs through an ovarian failure she can use a donated egg.
If the male is infertile artificial insemination can be performed. There are many options available to an infertile couple allowing you to have a baby that is biologically yours, biologically half yours – using a donated egg or sperm. Or you can have a baby that is biologically unrelated to you by using both a donor egg and donor sperm.