What is infertility?
It is the inability to conceive after at least one year of trying. This condition also happens when a woman is able to conceive but experience multiple miscarriages. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about more than 7 million of women in the United States between the age of 15 and 44 have difficulty conceiving.
Is it just a woman’s condition?
No. Infertility is caused not only by female factors. Thirty percent or three out of every 10 cases of infertility is caused by a male factor.
What increases infertility risk?
- Chemotherapy and other radioactive treatments
- Sexually transmitted diseases
What are the symptoms?
In most cases, no signs are associated with the inability to bear a child. To detect it early, regular checkups with a medical specialist is needed.
What are the treatments available to couples who want to conceive?
- Hormonal treatments
- Intrauterine insemination
- Ovulation induction
- Sperm/egg donation
- outside In vitro fertilization
- Embryo donation
What medicines are taken for infertility treatment?
These medicines are often used to address ovulation problems:
- Follicle-stimulating hormone
- Human menopausal gonadotropin
- Clomiphene citrate
What is IVF?
In vitro fertilization or IVF is the method of fertilizing an egg cell outside of a woman’s body. It is done in a lab dish rather than the fallopian tubes. Eggs are removed through surgery from a woman’s body and then fertilized with sperm. Once the fertilization happens, the embryo is moved to the woman’s uterus.