What type of infertility treatment should I start with?

July 25, 2018

Getting diagnosed with infertility or getting to the root of the cause of your infertility is just the first step on a very long path to achieving pregnancy. Once you have been diagnosed to be infertile, that is when the real battle starts. You are bombarded with so many options and treatments to correct your infertility and conceive. The real struggle comes when you have to choose a treatment best suited for you. Though the best advice on this can only be taken from a specialist doctor, knowing the facts and procedures right will help you make a well-informed decision.


First of all, you should be aware of all the options that are available for you to become parents. Your doctor will tell you some treatment options to consider like :

–       Fertility drugs

–       Surgery

–       Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

–       In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

–       Donor sperm

–       Donor eggs and embryo


All of these options are available for anyone who wants to conceive. Zeroing down on one option for starters may be a mammoth task. Sometimes doctors will directly suggest you go for a particular treatment instead of trying out some other treatments. For others, a specialist might ask a couple to first try out some non-invasive methods or a lesser invasive method before going for bigger surgery or treatment. This will depend on a lot of factors. You can consider the following while starting out on your journey to fertility treatments :


• Age is the biggest factors when it comes to diagnosing or even choosing a treatment for infertility. As your age defines your chances of getting pregnant again, it pretty much also defines the treatment that one should undergo.

• For women below 30 years of age, the doctors might first try to treat infertility with fertility drugs. If that doesn’t work then the doctors might go for IUI. In cases where the patient is more than 40 years of age or the reasons for infertility are not age and still a couple is not able to conceive, the doctor will ask to go for IVF.

Cause of infertility

• Choosing a treatment for infertility will very much depend on the main cause of infertility. Once the cause is diagnosed, a suitable procedure depending on the other factors can be prescribed.

• If the cause of infertility is irregular egg release from ovary then the doctor might ask you to go for fertility medications. In other cases where the infertility is male related like the reduced mobility of sperm or poor sperm quality, your specialist will suggest you go for IUI. In cases where it cannot be treated with even this, the doctor will suggest going for IVF.


Other than these two major causes, there are many other factors like medical history and lifestyle that should be considered while zeroing down on which procedure to take up to overcome infertility and become pregnant again.

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