Do you ever think about life, I know silly question but like, where you’re at and how different it looks like to what you imagined when you were younger?
I sometimes imagine how life will be like in 10 years. Will we have our own children, will IVF work this time around? What does God want for me as a mother? Will we just be dog parents? But then I stop myself.
My entire heart wants our own baby.
Maybe you’re going through the infertility journey right now and you’ve spent so much time thinking, wondering & crying. I pray that God can bring you peace, patience and joy even in the hardest moments. Infertility can be a lonely journey, but you’re not alone. Your womb aches to be filled. I get it.
And as a reminder, you have worth as a human being, as a partner, as a wife, no matter what your eggs do or do not create in the future.
Ok, I wanted to get that off my chest, lets chat about treatments.
Pregnancy and childbirth are a rite of passage that many of us wish to experience. But this journey may not be straightforward for some of us. Dealing with infertility can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. However, just as with every hurdle, there is always a way out. When one thinks about infertility treatment, they will likely think about the costly complex procedures. However, this isn’t always the case. The initial step to treating infertility starts with the simple step; evaluating your general and reproductive health. Your dietary pattern and weight also play a pivotal role in maintaining fertility; therefore, it is imperative to maintain a balance of both. An essential element of managing infertility is to ensure that your general health is top-notch. Several underlying medical conditions can affect fertility, particularly endocrine issues. Treatment for medical conditions can also interfere with hormonal levels, thus affecting fertility. If you are consulting your doctor regarding infertility, they will likely first evaluate your general health and review medications. Various treatment options are available for infertility; each has its side effects, level of efficacy,
and cost. Your doctor will assist you in choosing the treatment option that works best for you. There are three main approaches to treating infertility; medication, and assisted conception, and surgery.
Fertility drugs assist in fertilization by regulating hormonal levels and ovulation. These medications can be taken orally or injected. Drugs that stimulate ovulation are clomiphene citrate and letrozole. Gonadotropins are drugs that stimulate the ovary to produce more mature eggs.
Treatment of underlying medical conditions, particularly menstrual disorders, is also vital to improving fertility. Metformin reduces insulin resistance in PCOS, which in turn increases the likelihood of ovulation. Bromocriptine lowers prolactin levels, a hormone when in excess, inhibits the menstrual cycle and ovulation. Bromocriptine is prescribed in women with prolactinoma, a pituitary gland tumor that increases prolactin levels. Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) ARTs are treatments or procedures that manipulate the sperm or egg to achieve pregnancy. Although heavy on the wallet, ART has a high success rate in achieving pregnancy. The most common reason why couples opt for ART is due to unexplained infertility.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF): IVF is the most popular ART. In this technique, the egg is retrieved from a woman’s body and fertilized with sperm. The embryo is then grown in a petri dish and frozen for storage or transferred back into the woman’s body for implantation.
Intrauterine insemination: This is a more affordable option than IVF. The sperm will be implanted into a woman’s uterus, which will then directly fertilize the egg. The technique is utilized when the semen and vaginal fluid are not compatible, which disables sperm mobility.
This technique is utilized if there is a severe sperm disorder present (such as poor sperm motility, or a decrease in quality sperms). In this method, a mature egg is removed from a woman’s body, injected with a single healthy sperm, and transferred back.
In this procedure, both the egg and sperm are obtained and placed within the fallopian tube for optimal fertilization.
Women may take fertility drugs to increase ovulation, thereby increasing the chance of fertilization. ART also includes using donor eggs, sperms, or embryos. Choosing a gestational carrier or surrogate to carry your baby for you is also a form of assisted reproduction, which can be combined with the various ART techniques available. Surgery Sometimes, there may be anatomical barriers contributing to infertility. These conditions include
uterine structural abnormalities, endometriosis, fibroids, etc. Surgery can remove these barriers to restore fertility. At times, surgery may also be accompanied by ART or medications. It can be daunting to embark on this journey.
Infertility treatment is a long process, one that requires a support system and emotional strength. It may become difficult at times, but it is vital to have hope because one of these treatment options will work for you.