It is never easy to hear from the doctor that you are infertile. Whether it is due to female or male infertility, there are a few options that you may want to consider before giving up on trying to conceive a biological child. Some couples feel overwhelmed after they learn they cannot have a child naturally. And others want to jump right into treatments so that they can become parents as soon as possible. But the reality is that you must take some time to research your options to find out which one is the best choice for you and your family.
The first option that many people try when it is determined to be female factor infertility is medication. Many couples have gotten pregnant simply by adding fertility drugs and good timing into the equation. The next step would be to try IUI, or Intrauterine Insemination. Many times doctors will do both of these treatments together depending on the reason for the infertility. If male factor is an issue, an IUI can also be done with donor sperm.
And then there is the most well known infertility treatment, IVF, In Vitro Fertilization. This is the most invasive fertility treatment, as it actually requires the eggs to taken from the woman and joined with the sperm in a lab rather than in the uterus. Obviously, this is a very expensive route to take if you are just starting out with fertility treatments, and it is not always successful. Depending on your situation this is often a last resort because it is so invasive and not as cost effective as the other options in treating infertility. If you are considering any fertility treatments, make sure that you are seeing a reproductive endocrinologist for said treatments as other physicians may not have the experience or expertise you are looking for when it comes to infertility.