Treatments for Infertility

The outcome of any kind of treatment for infertility will depend on several factors such as the age of the patients, the possible causes of infertility, general physical health and personal preferences. One of the first suggestions a doctor will make to increase the chances of conceiving is to have intercourse not more than twice or thrice a week. This is because too much sex can lower the concentration of sperm as well as decrease its quality. Other treatments for fertility include:

  • Therapy and counseling for cases of premature ejaculation and similar sexual problems
  • Surgery to remove the varicocele in the scrotum if it is responsible for poor sperm production
  • Removal of blockages in the ejaculatory duct
  • If ovulation problems are responsible for the infertility, fertility drugs may be prescribed to induce regular ovulation and improve the quality of the eggs
  • Surgical procedures for women include fallopian tube surgery and laparoscopic surgery to remove scar tissue and blockages
There are also more invasive assisted conception techniques and procedures to treat infertility such as:

  • IUI or Intrauterine Insemination  
  • IVF or In Vitro Fertilization
  • ICSI Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Sperm or egg donation
  • Assisted hatching
  • Surgical sperm aspiration

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