Twenty years ago a couple who was told that they were unable to conceive children might have been forced to succumb to that fact and live a life without children of their own. While adoption has always been a viable option for these families, science has found several means by which infertile couples can overcome their reproductive health issues and have a child all their own. With over 7 million Americans struggling with fertility issues, according to Parents, overcoming reproductive issues certainly has come as a great advancement of medicine.

There are now a number of fertility treatment options that couples can choose to partake in in order to conceive. Based on the identified cause of fertility, and the budget the couple has to work with, some treatments may be more appropriate than others. Take a look at some of the ways you and your partner can overcome infertility and how they function:

  • Artificial Insemination – A catheter tool is inserted into the uterus, where it deposits specialized sperm. Oftentimes this procedure is coupled with the use of fertility drugs as well.
  • In Vitro Fertilization – Female eggs are removed and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory. When the embryos begin to develop they are implanted into the uterus of the female again.
  • Fertility Drugs – Specialized medications that are intended to help induce ovulation and make embryo implantation easier. Fertility drugs are available in intravenous injections and pill forms and are typically more affordable than other treatments.
  • Fertility Supplements – These dietary supplements are intended to naturally improve reproductive health, thus resulting in an increased change of insemination. Fertility supplements are available for both women and men, and are increasing in popularity because they are rather affordable and typically don’t have harsh side effects.
  • Donor Eggs/Sperm – Some couples choose to find an outside individual to donate their eggs or sperm, in place of the partner who is infertile, so that a pregnancy is possible. Sperm that is donated is either used to fertilize the egg by artificial insemination or through in vitro fertilization.  Women who are receiving donated eggs are implanted with the embryos shortly after they have been inseminated.
  • Reproductive Surgeries – Depending on the fertility problem, surgery might be a viable option for those who have blockages or scarring that needs to be removed or tended to.
  • Surrogacy – Some couples choose to implant a fertilized egg into a consenting woman who will carry the embryo to term. For some this may be someone the couple is familiar with, or the couple may choose to work with an agency that pairs them with a woman interested in acting as a surrogate.

While the costs and requirements for each procedure or drug will vary, it is important to understand that there are a number of ways in which couples can have the baby they so deeply desire. A multitude of fertility treatments allows couples who have not had success with one method to certainly try again with another. Infertility doesn’t have to be something that you and your partner simply ‘live with’ any longer, science has provided hope.

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