Infertility affects up to 15% of all couples who are trying to get pregnant. Infertility is diagnosed when a couple has been trying to conceive for a year or more with unprotected sex. Both men and women are affected by infertility. For many couples, infertility is a huge emotional hurdle to cross. There can be feelings of guilt, inadequacy, and failure; these feelings can take a toll on the relationship between a couple. Couples trying to get pregnant should see a doctor to determine if there are any medical reasons that they may have a difficult time getting pregnant. If infertility issues come up, your doctor will help you through them.
After a diagnosis of infertility has been made, with either the man or woman (or both) being the main cause, there is an array of infertility treatment options available. Tubal cannulation is a procedure that is done to help clear a blockage in the fallopian tubes. Sperm related treatments are available for men who can not ejaculate or who do not produce an adequate number of sperm. Fertility drugs are a common way to treat infertility. These drugs help to increase hormone levels in a woman and make her body more susceptible to conceiving. There are a number of other treatments available, and you and your doctor can devise a plan that works for you and your partner.
Perhaps one of the most understated treatments for infertility is the emotional care that is often needed. It is believed that stress hinders a woman’s body from conceiving, and therapy can be used to help patients relax and develop calming techniques that can help lead to pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about all of the feelings that come with your infertility. Treatments outside of specific fertility options are available to help you through this difficult time.
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.