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Assisted conception treatments. What are my options?

When you are having trouble conceiving, experts can help by providing assisted conception treatments.  However, be warned: the success rate of these treatments is roughly 20 percent, and the treatments can be expensive. Also, the risk of multiple births increases with the use of assisted conception measures, and this poses health risks to the babies.
Fertility drugs are the mainstay of assisted conception. When drugs are unsuccessful, more invasive and expensive measures are taken. However, these are generally considered a last resort.
The options for assisted conception are varied. There are a number of different approaches utilising one or both partner’s genetic material. Intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) all utilise at least one partner’s genetic material, but provide some assistance in fertilisation.
In the IUI method your partner’s sperm will be injected directly into your uterus while you are ovulating.
When you undergo IVF, your eggs and your partner’s sperm are mixed together in a petri dish before being reinserted into your body as fertilized embryos.
The GIFT technique is similar to IVF except that the sperm and your eggs are reinserted without being fertilized first. Fertilisation occurs in your own body.
ICSI is similar to IVF except only one of your eggs is used in the process.
There is also assisted conception using donated sperm or donated eggs or embryos. And, of course, you could hire a surrogate.
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When you seek a doctor’s help with fertility problems and it is determined that the problem is with you, there are a number of things that could be the root cause.
When you are having trouble conceiving, experts can help by providing assisted conception treatments.
A uterine fibroid develops from the same cells that comprise the muscles of the uterus. However, these cells form tumors.
Polycystic ovary disease is a hormonal imbalance coupled with polycystic ovaries. Polycystic ovaries develop an abnormally high number of follicles each month. Coupled with the hormone imbalance, this leads to a variety of symptoms, which can include fertility.
Ovulation is the period during which you can conceive. Tracking ovulation can be tricky, but you can increase your chances of conceiving through math, prediction kits, or simple scientific observation.
Fertility problems take a psychological and emotional toll. You can begin to feel like there is something wrong with you and you are alone.
STD testing should be a routine part of your prenatal exams. STDs can impact your pregnancy and it’s important to be honest with your doctor concerning STDs.
Fertility is a complex and mysterious thing. In order to solve the riddle of infertility, your fertility expert, your spouse and you will need to work together.

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