Fertility Treatments for Men and Women

Fertility Treatments for Men and Women

Fertility treatments are, most of the times, recommended to women who have ovarian disorders. Usually, these treatments should be combined with a healthy lifestyle and a few other bits of advice that can raise a woman’s chances of getting pregnant and giving birth to a healthy child (or two, or three, or four!). Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here!

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The issues of infertility can be treated with drugs, artificial insemination, assisted reproductive technology or surgery. However, most of the times, drugs and surgery are the recommended solutions. Before recommending one type of treatment or another, a fertility specialist will make the decision depending on a few factors: known test results, age of the man and the woman, state of health of the man and the woman, how long have the two have been trying to conceive etc.

Male infertility

As you may know, there are few clinical infertility treatments for men. Depending on the cause of the problems that the man has, a professional can recommend:

If the man experiences premature ejaculation or impotence, the doctor may recommend therapy and/ or specialized drugs;
If the man has too little sperm, the doctor may recommend corrective surgery or antibiotics in the case of infection;
If the sperm does not contain enough sperms because of inefficient sperm movement, the doctor may recommend specialized corrective surgery.

Fertility treatments for women

As for women, infertility treatments generally involve surgery or drugs, too. If a doctor comes to the conclusion that a woman has more chances of getting pregnant with medication, he/she will prescribe a fertility drug suitable for the patient. When going for one type of medication or another, be sure to talk to your doctor about the advantages and disadvantages of the particular treatment plan that you are about to pursue. In general, fertility treatments do not come with many dangers attached, but the safest thing to do is to take all possibilities into account. For this, there is no other better person to make it all clear than a professional.

Common fertility drugs

Here are some of the most common drugs used in the field (these are the generic names; you can find them under many different brand names). And out of these, Clomiphene citrate and Metformin are oral drugs, while the others are injected medication.

Clomiphene citrate
hMG(Human menopausal gonadotropin)
FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone)
Gn-RH and Bromocriptine.

Metformin is prescribed either when a woman has insulin resistance or when she suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Bromocriptine is used when a woman has ovulatory problems because of high levels of a substance called prolactin, a hormone that is responsible with the production of milk. All the other named drugs are generally prescribed when the woman has problems with her ovulation, some of them acting at the level of the pituitary gland.

Healthy lifestyle choices

No matter what treatment you or your doctor choose, be sure to always raise your chances by following a healthy lifestyle (this means no cigarettes, alcohol or drugs) and by having sex at least three times a week. Also, having sex two or three days before you ovulate can raise the odds. All infertility treatments can raise your chances to conceive, but you must offer them a helping hand as well!

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.