The Infertility Voice
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Infertility can be a lonely place. It’s hard to find others in your “real life” who are living this experience, but fortunately there are many couples those are facing same infertility problem. If you’ve ever felt silenced, lost or even shamed as you struggled to gain your bearings in the complicated world of infertility, this blog will help you to understand what exactly infertility is ?
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. If you are over the age of 35, the time of trying to conceive is reduced to 6 months. Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. If you are trying to have a baby and it is not happening as quickly as you expected, you may wonder if you have an infertility issue.
Infertility may be due to physiological factors present in the both man and women. Infertility problem is not only related to the woman but it is related to both men and women. There are many infertility tests that can be taken to identify the cause of the problem. Some infertile couples have more than one cause of their infertility. Your doctor will usually begin a comprehensive infertility examination of both you and your partner.
A fertility specialist can speak to you about the recommended course of action based on your unique medical history and fertility situation. It is important to note that every couple’s fertility situation is different. Infertility is not an uncommon issue and regardless of age, couples are encouraged to seek help sooner rather than later. Starting early and getting the right advice and guidance will put you back in control and on the path to achieving your dream of having a baby.
Couples seeking fertility treatment often prefer to start with intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is seen as a less invasive and less intrusive procedure than in vitro fertilization (IVF). Simply put, IUI involves the insertion of a prepared sperm directly into the woman’s uterus close to the time of ovulation and during the fertile window. IVF has become, generally only one embryo needs to be transferred to achieve a successful pregnancy. In special circumstances, the couple and their doctor may decide to transfer two embryos into the uterus but either way they do not have to leave it to fate as they would when seeing how many eggs will be fertilized during IUI. If excess embryos result from an IVF cycle, these are frozen so further treatment can be achieved through the use of these “younger embryos” when the woman is older.
Although IVF treatment is widely considered to be a less costly fertility treatment option, the costs can add up if multiple IUI cycles are needed. Sometimes, a couple may have to undergo three or four IUI cycles to achieve the same success rate as a single cycle of IVF.