Infertility Treatment

Infertility is a problem faced by men and women, and the causes of this problem are varied. The good news is that affordable and effective treatment is available today in order to address this problem. In women, the causes of infertility are usually ovarian problems and disorders, hormonal imbalances (especially progesterone), and diseases such as endometriosis. In the case of men, low sperm count, low sperm motility, injury, STD, sperm blockage as well as ageing cause infertility.

There are a number of drugs and methods of treatment that can handle all of the causes of infertility, with the exception of chronic diseases and ageing. It needs to be borne in mind that many types of treatment for infertility could have harmful side effects, and therefore this should be discussed in detail with a good andrologist and/ or gynaecologist in advance.

The most common treatments that are used for those who suffer from infertility include In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). In this, fertilization takes place outside the uterus in controlled conditions, and the zygote is then implanted into the uterus. While many people have benefitted by this method, it has been noted that there are various drawbacks, including poor health of the child that is born by this means.

Alternative therapies such as acupuncture have been used of late in order to stimulate the hormones in cases where infertility is caused due to hormonal imbalances. Alternative therapies, however, have not been proven to work for all causes of infertility.

Medical research has, of late, proved a link between diet and fertility. It is said that foods that contain caffeine, cocoa, carbon and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (which are found in certain types of lake fish) have undesired results on those who are trying to get pregnant. In fact, a study showed that by drinking just two cups of coffee, a woman could have problems in conception.

As time passes, there are an increasing number of options that are coming out for treatment of infertility. While some of these are workable, many are not time tested, and are therefore not necessarily safe.

Therefore, weigh your options well before going in for a particular type of treatment. Do some groundwork and go in for second and third opinions if necessary. This will ensure that the type of treatment you choose to address infertility will work, without any detrimental side effects.

Joy Natarajan