Sometimes couples can be unsuccessful in getting pregnant, and it may take months and even years. Struggling to start a family can be an emotional rollercoaster, and you can end up feeling stressed and confused. Here we have a few tips of other options and places to turn to for advice if naturally conceiving isn’t working for you.
Where can you first seek help?
The first place is to see your GP. The doctor will run some test to rule out medical conditions that may be stopping you from conceiving. If nothing shows, they may conduct a fertility test. Your GP can help you make some adjustments in your lifestyle that may lower your chances of getting pregnant and also help you understand when your most fertile days are. If you still don’t get anywhere, your doctor can refer you to a fertility specialist that can conduct some more tests and work out some treatment options for you.
If you see a specialist, they will ask you some questions around your health and lifestyle and undergo a fertility reserve test, the function of your reproductive functions, the ovaries and uterus and what your ovulation status is. The male will need to undergo a semen test that will analyse the sperm and results will be sent to your doctor.
What are the treatment options?
At this stage, you may be experiencing some feelings of uneasiness and your first question may be “tell me how can I have a baby girl or boy?”. Following on from your testing you will go to a clinic where they will decide which treatment is the best for you. There are several options you can try if you are struggling to conceive naturally so don’t panic.
This is one of the most straightforward fertility treatments. Medication is taken to induce ovulation which works by encouraging your eggs to mature in your ovaries then be released. You can try this with timed intercourse and artificial insemination. This procedure is most suited to the women who are not ovulating but have regular tubes and if the males testing proves he has no problems.
IVF and IUI are commonly used for fertility treatment. IUI involves inserting the semen into the uterus near the time the woman is due to ovulate. In IVF the eggs are fertilised with sperm outside the body and then if they are fertilised, they and transplanted back inside the woman where they wait to see if IVF was successful. If you strongly believe this is your only chance at becoming pregnant and you want to be able to choose the gender of the baby, as this is your single shot; this option is also possible.
This is a process where the frozen embryo from an IVF process is thawed and then put into the woman’s uterus. The woman does not need to undertake more hormone stimulating and when it comes to the egg collection the frozen embryo cycles can be done during your natural period or when using an induction.
What is the associated cost?
The cost of treatment will depend on if you have health insurance and what your treatment plan is. Medicare may cover some of the expenses included in the procedure so be sure to do your research first, so you know what you are up for.
Is there any support available?
Yes, there certainly is. It can be straining both emotionally and physically. There are many free support services available to you, and you may even find a local group with people in the same situation in your home town.