Infertility treatment can be very simple or very complicated. Here's the run down on simple.
Intrauterine insemination and artificial insemination are the same thing. Both infertility treatment procedures place the sperm where it can meet the egg. Sometimes these treatments are done with medications that cause you to produce more than one egg, sometimes they are done with no medications at all. The insemination is done using a catheter, with sperm that have been cleaned in a lab, placing the sperm through the cervix into the uterus.
Sometimes that's all it takes.
Sometimes it's even simpler. Sometimes it's properly timed sexual relations (intercourse) and understanding when you are ovulating. Knowing that day one of your cycle is the first day of menstruation and that ovulation will take place, in a cycle of 28 days on about day 14. That having sexual relations on day 12, 14 and 16 will work best for trying to conceive.
Sometimes conceiving is something right inbetween. There's medication that brings on ovulation so that an egg can become large and mature enough to be fertilized after it's been released and travelled down the fallopian tube. Then, instead of any type of insemination, you have sexual relations and allow sperm to travel up to the uterus through the vaginal canal.
There are simple solutions sometimes to infertility.
Infertility does not always mean that you will need IVF (Invitro Fertilization) or donor egg or other third party reproductive help.
Often, understanding your own reproductive health can make a difference. Keeping track of how often you get your period and how long it lasts is not only helpful to you, but also helpful if you should need help from a fertility specialist.
Do you know your family history can help too?
Did your mother have trouble becoming pregnant? Were her periods regular? When did she start menopause? Were her periods regular?
Knowing these simple things can make a difference in getting pregnant.
Moral of the story, don't assume that if you are having trouble getting pregnant, that your path to fertility will be long, expensive and overly involved.
It can be much shorter and easier than you ever thought possible.
Lisa has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for seven years and is currently Patient Advocate and Blog Editor-in-Chief.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.