Advances In Fertility Treatments
About 20% of couples who desire children are unable to conceive without medical help. Through science, these couples have been able to create a family with the assistance of fertility drugs. Fertility drugs are often the first and most common treatment of infertility for women. Most fertility treatments have been used safely and effectively by fertility specialists for more than 40 years. Sometimes fertility drugs are only needed for a short time and often a pregnancy can occur naturally.
Who is a candidate for fertility treatment
Women with ovulation issues, either regulating ovulation or increasing egg production, often find success with fertility drugs. Many couples experience success quickly. Other candidates are women who are suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid issues, various eating disorders or weight disorders (over or under weight). Other candidates for fertility treatment are women with endometriosis and tubal factor infertility.
Role of fertility drugs
Both men and women can benefit from fertility drugs. Men who suffer from low sperm count or have been diagnosed with slow or sluggish sperm are often prescribed fertility medication. These medications can help increase sperm count and motility.
Women can benefit from using fertility drugs to regular their menstrual cycle. By being able to more accurately chart and predict a woman’s cycle, the exact time of ovulation can increase the likelihood of a natural pregnancy. Additionally, fertility drugs are used to increase the number of eggs a woman produces. A woman will only release one egg during a typical menstrual cycle. Through the use of fertility medications the number of eggs increases which, in turns, increases the chance of sperm finding an egg to fertilize.
Common side effects in some fertility drugs
Most fertility drugs modify or enhance hormone imbalances which, in turn, can cause some minor side effects. These reactions can include moodiness, restlessness, hot flashes or irritability. Some medications also increase the chance of having multiples, meaning more than one baby. These side effects should be considered before choosing a treatment.
Consult a fertility specialist
Couples who are having a difficult time conceiving should discuss various options with a fertility specialist. The doctor will be able to provide pros and cons of various treatment plans to help determine the best for each couple’s scenario.
If you believe you may be a candidate for fertility medications, contact us today to discuss the options that may be available to you.