How Do Doctors Treat Infertility?

How Do Doctors Treat Infertility?

Infertility is a common problem for many couples. If you are under 35 and you have been trying for one year to get pregnant without any luck, you are considered to be having fertility problems.

Same thing for women over age 35 who have been trying for six months or more with no luck. If this sounds like you, you will probably want to see a doctor to figure out what is going on and what direction you should be moving in. So, what exactly do doctors do to treat fertility? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

They do tests

One of the first things that a doctor will do to try to treat your fertility will be testing. Full family histories will need to be done on both you and your partner, and your doctor will most likely want to do a full physical and some blood work for both you and your partner.

Your doctor can do blood work as well as other tests like ultrasounds and x rays to determine if the fallopian tubes and ovaries are working properly. For men, a sperm sample will need to be taken as well to determine if the underlying problem is from the sperm.

They make recommendations

In some cases, your fertility doctor will be able to make recommendations about your lifestyle that can in some cases help to improve your fertility. For example, if you are overweight, your doctor might want for you to lose some weight to increase your chances of conceiving.

If you eat a lot of junk or processed foods, your doctor might recommend for you to eat a healthier diet. If you smoke or drink, your doctor will likely want for you to quit or at least cut back in order to help your chances of conceiving to improve.

They give medications

Sometimes, a doctor might want to give medications as a first line of treatment for fertility issues. The most common and popular medication that is given for fertility is Clomid. Clomid is a medication that is usually very well tolerated and successful in many women, and it is used to “jumpstart” ovulation in women. It is a good choice for women who have ovulation problems or other problems such as PCOS.

They prescribe injectable hormones

If oral medications like Clomid do not work, doctors will usually move onto prescribe an injectable hormone. These injections are another way to help the body jump start ovulation or help the body to ovulate at the appropriate time. These injections are usually given by the patient at home. They work in a lot of situations.

They help with ART methods

If these medications aren’t working, or if your doctor think that you might be a good candidate, your doctor might suggest that you look into undergoing IVF or another ART therapy, such as GIFT or ZIFT. These assisted reproductive technology methods are able to help many couples get pregnant using the latest technology. These are the most common ways that doctors treat infertility, but there are many other tools and methods that can be also utilized.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.