Fertility & Family Planning: Procedures and Treatments
Treatment for fertility issues depends on the cause of the condition. Treatments can be costly and lengthy and often are not covered by insurance. Your doctor may suggest that you first try lifestyle changes, such as:
- Change the timing of sexual activity
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Avoiding tobacco and alcohol use
- Avoiding excessive exercise
- Decreasing stress and getting help for depression
Medications that cause ovulation may be successful in some cases. The likelihood of multiple births is increased with these medications.
If the fallopian tubes are blocked, you may need surgery to open them. Surgery is also used to repair problems with organs or to remove:
If the above techniques are not successful, your doctor may prescribe assisted reproductive technologies (ART). ART involves using human sperm and eggs or embryos in a lab to help with conception. The eggs and sperm can be from you and your partner or donated. ART methods include:
- Artificial insemination
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Gamete or zygote intrafallopian transfer (GIFT or ZIFT)
- Blastocyst intrafallopian transfer—An egg is removed from the woman's body, injected with sperm, and allowed to develop. It is later implanted into the uterus.
- Intracytoplasmic sperm injection—A single sperm is injected into the egg. The resulting embryo can be implanted into the uterus or frozen for later use.
- Assisted hatching
- Embryo cryopreservation
Research Medical Center has an impressive live birth rate well above the national average.
Learn more about treatments for infertility.