From lamenting over the grief of the lost parenthood to experiencing the joy of having a kid, today’s couples have come a long way since the foray of fertility treatments and procedures. If you are scouring the web to make yourself aware of how the fertility procedures that can help you in the quest of parenthood, then you have come to just right place.
For the majority of the folks, IVF has become a synonym of fertility treatment procedure ever since it revolutionized the fertility medicine but you don’t always need an IVF. There are more appropriate and effective treatments that can come to the rescue as soon as the cause of fertility is determined.
Gynecologist & Infertility specialist, Dr. Swetha Thumula is here to give you a concise version of the three most popular fertility treatments available right now:
IUI – Intra Uterine Insemination:
Lower sperm count and poor sperm motility have always been major reasons for the difficulties faced by couples worldwide. And Intra Uterine Insemination is one of the most efficient ways to solve conception problems caused by these male infertility factors.
“IUI is, in fact, one of the primary procedures we opt for couples having a tough time conceiving where the cause of infertility is uncertain. In theory, it is a simple procedure where we directly place the sperm as near as possible to the egg, essentially removing all the hurdles for the sperm to reach the egg for fertilization. The fertile period is identified, the sperm is collected, purified and is injected into the uterus. IUI is less invasive and also less expensive.” says Dr. Swetha Thumula.
Intra Uterine Insemination is reported to ramp up the pregnancy chances by more than 20% and is rated as highly effective in treating the pregnancy problems caused by lower sperm quantity and quality. The chances of success can be further increased when this insemination procedure is assisted with Ovulation induction.
However, IUI is recommended only if the semen analysis of the man turns out is normal and fallopian tubes of the woman are healthy to take help from the insemination. Women with fallopian tube problems, PCOS or endometriosis are not right candidates for IUI and their infertility problems can be solved with the help of In Vitro Fertilisation procedure.
IVF – In Vitro Fertilisation:
While Infertility caused by poor sperm parameters can be combated by IUI, there are certain complex causes of infertility (PCOS, Fallopian blockage, endometriosis etc.) that need to be treated with a more comprehensive procedure like In Vitro Fertilisation.
“Every woman’s ovaries activate hundreds of eggs but only one stays on to mature for fertilization. In the IVF procedure, this number is boosted and ovaries are stimulated, the matured eggs are retrieved and stored. The motile sperm is extracted from the man and is then combined with the retrieved eggs for fertilization. Fertilized eggs turned embryos are incubated and implanted into the uterus for pregnancy” explains Dr. Swetha Thumula.
Since the first successful IVF pregnancy, the IVF has helped millions of women who had already given up their hopes of motherhood. The success of IVF is attributed to the continuous advancements in the assisted reproductive treatments like ICSI which has further improved the chances of conception.
ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection:
The conception problems caused by male infertility problems like lower sperm count and poor motility can be solved by Intra Uterine Insemination. Infertility caused by complex female problems can also be bypassed by resorting to IVF. But there can be cases where both male and female fertility issues can dampen the chances of conception even after opting for fertility treatments.
Take IVF for example, the eggs are meticulously retrieved and combined with sperm under laboratory conditions and waited until the natural fertilization takes place. In essence, the fertilization here is still dependent on the sperm count and motility which can be fine for a young couple with potent sperm. But in the case of couples where the number of healthy sperm are limited, the chances of achieving successful fertilization become meagre with conventional IVF.
What if we can select the most potent sperm of the lot and inject it into the egg? And that is what Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is all about.
“With ICSI, a single potent sperm is directly injected into the retrieved egg making it easier for the fertilization. These eggs are incubated for a period of at least 18 hours after which the fertilization will have to confirmed by the embryologists” says Dr. Swetha.
IVF combined with ICSI can seriously increase the chances or pregnancy, in fact, we folks at Sridevi Fertility Clinic have had the privilege to help thousands of couple in making their parenthood dream come true. There are many causes of infertility but the good news is that almost all the problems can be solved by medication and advanced fertility procedures.
But having worked with thousands of couple at our Clinic we can attest to the fact that the treatment is not the toughest part, it is the long journey from inception to the end that can wear you out both physically and emotionally.
But when you hold your baby joy in your hands, you will know that the journey is truly worth it.
For more info on the fertility treatments, you can contact Dr, Swetha Thumula at firstname.lastname@example.org