Before you read this article – Fertility Infertility Treatment – Your Options – it may be helpful to first read the article Female Infertility Treatment – East versus West article which gives you some fundamental differences of how the East treats infertility in contrast to the West.
This article expands on that and hopefully you will discover some Fertility Treatments you may not have heard of or considered.
Let’s take a closer look at some typical Western fertility treatments.
Western Fertility Treatments
There are positives and negatives in each possible treatment. A particular problem with many of the solutions is that they are quite expensive and may have harmful side effects – side effects that may require additional treatment.
1) Lifestyle modification
Being overweight or obese can cause serious health problems, including impacting negatively on your fertility.
Healthy eating and exercising can help keep your weight at healthy levels. This will lower your insulin levels. This in turn reduces your ovaries’ production of testosterone.
This helps lower blood glucose (sugar) levels, improves your body’s use of insulin and normalizes hormone levels in your body. Just a 10 percent loss in body weight can restore a normal period and make your cycle more regular.
2) Diabetes medications
Some medicines typically used to treat type two diabetes have also been found to help in the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS) – one of the main causes of infertility in women.
Diabetes medication helps lower insulin levels which, together with regular exercise and a healthy diet, may result in normalizing menstruation and ovulation for women.
3) Fertility medications
A failure to ovulate is the prime cause of fertility problems for many women.
Medications that stimulate ovulation can help women with PCOS become pregnant. However, before fertility medications are used it is essential that other reasons for infertility in both the woman and man should be ruled out.
You also need to be aware that some fertility medications increase the risk for multiple births, such as twins or triplets… or more!
4) In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
On the positive side, IVF offers the best chance of becoming pregnant in a menstrual cycle and gives doctors better control over the chance of multiple births.
On the negative side, it is very costly and there is no guarantee of success.
Check out these article which cover In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment in greater depth.
“Ovarian drilling” may be used when a woman does not respond to fertility medicines.
This procedure – known as a laparoscopy – can lower male hormone levels and as a result increase the chances of ovulation.
Before opting for this treatment, be aware the beneficial effects may only last a few months. This treatment doesn’t help with loss of scalp hair or increased hair growth on other parts of the body. It also carries a risk of developing scar tissue on the ovary.
6) Hormone Blockers
Hormone Blockers? Is that a fancy name for a defence player on a football team?!
No … these can be used to treat typical PCOS symptoms – increased hair growth, male pattern baldness and acne.
Hormone blockers are also known as anti-androgens medicines.
TAKE CARE! Anti-androgens are often combined with birth control pills and should NOT be taken if you are trying to get pregnant.