There are many lucky women the world over who can get pregnant without any problems. Unfortunately, there are just as many women who struggle for many years without success to become pregnant. For those women, there are medical professionals who have perfected the science of fertility treatment using a wide range of techniques.
First, you will need to decide where to go for affordable fertility treatment. It is suggested that you do your research and compare facilities and success rates. Most treatment centers have websites with success stories on them and informative articles about the services they offer.
At the infertility center they will discuss with you the way forward and the processes they use to treat your infertility. They will look at the following factors:
- How long you have been infertile
- Your Age.
- The underlying causes of your infertility.
- Your personal preferences.
There are a lot of different types of treatment and because everybody is different. What works for others will not necessarily work for you. You will spend a lot of time in consultation with your doctor who will suggest the best treatment for your condition and fertility success.
One common treatment is the use of fertility drugs.
Fertility Drugs to Stimulate Ovulation
These drugs work the same as your body’s natural hormones, FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone and LH Luteinizing Hormone, to bring about ovulation. They are used in women to stimulate a better egg and/or extra egg or eggs.
The Risks of Using Fertility Drugs
Besides the side-effects of these drugs, there is a risk of getting pregnant with twins, triplets, and beyond. Oral Fertility drugs carry a 10 % chance of twins while injectables increase your risk to between 15 and 20% of triplets and more.
Another issue that fertility drugs can cause is Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome, or OHSS, a condition where the ovaries become painful and enlarged, but it usually only lasts for a week. This can sound a bit daunting, but I am sure you would agree that fertility success will soon make a person forget the challenges.
Unfortunately, fertility drugs do not work for some women, and the time may come where you speak to your doctor about an affordable fertility treatment plan for in-vitro fertilization.
Assisted Reproductive Technology includes the treatment most commonly used, which also has the best success rate: IVF. In-Vitro Fertilization is a process whereby mature eggs are retrieved and remove from a woman and then fertilized in a glass dish by the man’s sperm. In-Vitro literally means “Glass.” After fertilization, the embryos are transferred into the woman’s uterus.
An IVF cycle takes several weeks and requires frequent blood tests and daily hormone injections.
Part of doing your homework about which fertility center to go to involves looking at financial counseling. A good center will have a finance consultant available to go over your options with you. There are several financing options available including Capex MD, Lending Club Patient Solutions, and Prosper Healthcare Lending.
Armed with all the information contained in this article you should be able to make the informed choice that is right for you and your family.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)