Treatment depends on the results of your infertility evaluation. Some causes of infertility have a specific treatment. For example, surgery may be done to remove a fibroid tumor.
Infertility may be associated with infrequent or absent ovulation. This often can be treated with hormone medications. These are called fertility drugs.
All fertility medications have potential side effects. And they can cause multiple babies in one pregnancy. Most fertility treatments require the supervision of a fertility specialist.
Examples of fertility medicines include:
These medicines are sometimes given after treatment with another hormone medicine, a GnRH analogue. A GnRH analogue prepares the body for a precisely timed cycle of ovulation.
After treatment with fertility drugs, eggs can be allowed to travel naturally from the ovary into the uterus, if the fallopian tubes are healthy. Sometimes surgery is used to harvest the mature eggs after fertility drug treatment.
Procedures that can help to start a pregnancy include:
It is important to get counseling about all options for parenthood. This includes procedures for adoption.
Some health insurance plans do not pay for infertility treatment.
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