July 9, 2019
Infertility Treatment and the Options Available to You
If you have been diagnosed with infertility, it can be a scary and confusing time. However, it is important you know that here at Wessex Fertility, we are here to support you in any way we can.We provide a wide range of infertility treatments that can help increase your chances of getting pregnant.
So, if you’re having trouble conceiving naturally or you have recently received an infertility diagnosis and you want to know your next steps, our team of experts are here to help. We have supported hundreds of men and women through infertility and helped many of them to have families of their own.
Are There Ways to Naturally Increase Fertility?
For some people, going straight from an infertility diagnosis into the various treatments can seem like a big jump. That’s why some people want to explore the ways they can naturally increase their fertility (if this is possible in their individual circumstances). If appropriate, and you want to naturally increase your fertility, here are a few of our suggestions.
Stick to a healthy lifestyle: leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do for your both – both physically and emotionally. What’s more, sticking to a healthy lifestyle may improve your chances of getting pregnant as you’re eating well and getting plenty of exercise.
Cut down on smoking: if you smoke, you will be inhibiting your chances of conceiving naturally. That’s why we recommend to anyone trying to get pregnant to stop smoking. You should also cut down on your alcohol intake; both men and women shouldn’t drink more than 14 units a week. And if you’re trying to conceive naturally, you should try cutting out alcohol altogether as this may help increase the likelihood of conception.
Eat a balanced diet: eating a well-balanced diet is important during all stages of life. However, if you’re trying to conceive naturally, ensuring you keep a well-balanced diet ensures you get all the nutrients your body needs to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor about supplements: in addition to a balanced diet, you should speak to your doctor about which supplements you can take that are safe before and during pregnancy. This will help ensure your body is getting everything it needs during this time.
Have unprotected intercourse regularly: if you are trying to conceive naturally, is is important you have unprotected sex on a regular basis (every two to three days). A woman is most fertile around the time of ovulation and having regular sex around this time can help increase your chances of conceiving naturally.
If you use lubricants, it is important to be aware that some brands can actually affect the quality of a man’s sperm, making them less likely to fertilise the egg. So, always check the packaging.
Hormone Treatment for Infertility
If you are struggling with infertility, your doctor may be able to prescribe some hormonal medicines to help improve your fertility levels. Fertility medication is often the first step in treatment. Fertility drugs work by increasing the hormone levels in your body, helping to mature and release one or more eggs every month.
If you struggle with problems that cause you to ovulate rarely or irregularly, fertility medications could be the solution for you. Fertility medications are also a necessary part of assisted conception treatments. There are many different medications for infertility and your doctor will know which one is best for you.
Treatments for Women
If you’re a woman struggling with infertility, the type of treatment you undergo will depend on a number of factors, including:
- How long you’ve been infertile
- What’s causing your infertility
- Your age and your partner’s age
Depending on your health and infertility causes, it is possible that a number of different treatments are required before you are able to conceive.
- Ovulation Induction: fertility drugs are used in this treatment to help regulate and trigger ovulation.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): depending on the reason for a woman’s infertility, IUI can be very effective. IUI is where healthy sperm from the woman’s partner or a donor a placed directly into the uterus around the time of ovulation. The ovaries will then, with the help of stimulation medication (if necessary), release an egg for fertilising.
- Surgery to Restore Fertility: if you struggle with problems such as Endometriosis, uterine problems, or scar tissue these can be treated with laparoscopic and/or hysteroscopic surgery.
Male Infertility Treatment
For men who are infertile or struggle with ejaculation problems that make natural conception difficult, certain treatments may be required:
- Hormonal Medications: there are certain medications your doctor may prescribe for male infertility that may help improve your sperm count, sperm production, and the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.
- Surgery: depending on the problem, surgery may be required. There are surgeries available for infertile men that help reverse sperm blockages and can help restore fertility.
- Sperm Retrieval: if you are a male struggling with ejaculation disorders or low sperm count, health, or motility, sperm retrieval may be necessary to aid conception.
Assisted Fertility Treatments
If the above treatments don’t work or aren’t appropriate for your circumstances, you may want to consider the assisted fertility treatments we offer. These procedures are all a way of controlling the way in which the egg and sperm are brought together and fertilised, increasing your chance of conception.
The three main types of assisted fertility treatments we provide at Wessex Fertility are: Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
Let’s take a look at each of these procedures, what they are, and what they involve.
IUI is an assisted fertility treatment which involves taking a sperm sample from the man (either a partner or a donor) and placing it inside the woman’s uterus close to the time of her ovulation. This is to help increase the chances of a successful conception and is useful for men with ejaculation problems or mild problems with the quality and motility of their sperm.
It is common for IUI to be combined with injections to stimulate the ovaries and help with egg production and release. This may cause several eggs to develop at the same time and can result in multiple births.
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
IVF is the most common and well-known assisted reproductive technique used in the world and involves collecting the woman’s eggs and fertilising them with the sperm in a laboratory. Once fertilisation has occurred, the embryos are placed back inside the woman’s uterus in the hopes of a healthy pregnancy developing. This embryo transfer takes place 3-5 days after egg collection.
IVF is commonly suggested for women who have blocked fallopian tubes, low fertility levels due to age, or who have ovulation difficulties. IVF may also be recommended if the man has problems with ejaculation or the quality of his sperm. IVF is also a useful procedure for people with unexplained infertility.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
ICSI is a procedure where the male’s sperm is injected directly into the egg in a laboratory. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection is a procedure often recommended to men with a low sperm count or low sperm motility or quality. This is because ICSI only requires one sperm to successfully fertilise each egg.
Once the egg has been successfully fertilised, the resulting embryo is transferred into the woman’s uterus in the hopes of developing a full-term, healthy pregnancy.
Are You Struggling with Infertility?
Struggling to conceive naturally can be extremely difficult and the more time that passes, the more upset you can become, and this can affect your relationship. Although there are multiple treatments we provide for infertility, the most important thing to our team at Wessex Fertility is that you feel supported throughout your time with us.
That’s why we provide counselling services with our fully qualified and expert counsellors. As experts in infertility and its various treatments, we know that it helps to speak to someone. And sometimes that needs to be a professional who isn’t involved in your daily life. Our counsellors may help you explore your feelings about your infertility, the treatments offered, and any questions or concerns you may have.
Here at Wessex Fertility, we are dedicated to you and your partner and we will do everything we can to help you have a family.