Infertility Solutions to Help You Start a Family
Do you struggle with infertility? Studies show that about 1 in 6 couples experience fertility issues at some point in their lives. Even if you struggle with fertility, a variety of infertility solutions means you may still able to have children!
Below we will discuss a few common fertility conditions for men and women and some possible solutions available to you should you try to have children.
Endometriosis is an infertility condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The lining of the uterus can grow in the Fallopian tubes, the ovaries, or along the pelvis. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are severe cramping during menstruation, cysts, and the inability to become pregnant.
Endometriosis: Possible Solutions
A few infertility solutions for endometriosis are surgery or fertility treatments. A laparoscopy is a procedure that removes as much of the endometrial tissue as possible while preserving the reproductive organs. If done successfully, this can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
For women with stage 1 or 2 Endometriosis, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is typically recommended. If that is unsuccessful or if the Endometriosis is in stage 3 or 4, then In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the recommended procedure. If you have severe scarring on your ovaries from Endometriosis, your doctor will likely recommend you use donor eggs.
Premature Ovarian Failure
Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) or Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is a condition that occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop functioning normally before the age of 40. The typical age of diagnosis for POF is 27 years old. When the ovaries fail, they produce an abnormal amount of estrogen and/or fail to release eggs, which results in infertility. Studies show that the first sign of POI is irregular periods and that later symptoms are similar to those of natural menopause.
POF: Possible Solutions
There are treatments for the symptoms of POF, such as hormone replacement therapy or vitamin D and calcium supplements that may help. Treatment to restore ovarian function has not been very successful as an infertility solution up until this point, but women can still have a healthy pregnancy through IVF using donor eggs.
Fertility After Cancer
Having a baby after going through cancer treatments can be a challenge. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery often harm the reproductive organs which can affect your fertility.
Fertility After Cancer: Possible Solutions
There are various fertility treatments for men and women wanting to create afamily after cancer. Early fertility preservation is recommended if you are expecting to begin cancer treatment. This involves freezing your healthy eggs or sperm for later use. If you have a healthy ovarian reserve or sperm count then IVF is also a viable possibility. If you were unable to preserve healthy sperm or eggs before cancer treatment, you have the option to use donor eggs or sperm. When a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy to term there is the option to have a gestational carrier or surrogate. Typically surrogates uses donor eggs and/or IVF to get pregnant
Using donor eggs or sperm gives the couple the opportunity to use the other partner’s sperm or eggs so that the child can be genetically related to at least one parent.
Necrozoospermia occurs when all the sperm is dead in a fresh semen sample. Incomplete Necrozoospermia is when many of the sperm are dead. Complete Necrozoospermia is when all of the sperm in the sample are dead. Some of the causes for Necrozoospermia are infections in the reproductive tract, prolonged periods of no ejaculation, or injuries.
Necrozoospermia: Possible Solutions
Treatment for Necrozoospermia depends on the cause, such as prescribed antibodies for infections or repeated ejaculation. The most common solution for infertility is to do a testicular sperm retrieval with IVF-ICSI. This involves retrieving immature sperm cells from the testicles and injecting the sperm cell directly into the egg. You may also consider using a sperm donor.
Azoospermia is a condition that occurs in men when there is an absence of sperm in their semen. Some of the causes of Azoospermia are low hormone levels making it difficult for your body to produce sperm, chromosomal abnormalities, damage to the testicles, or blockages.
Azoospermia: Possible Solutions
If there is an obstruction, surgery can remove the blockage to restore sperm flow. Sperm retrieval is the best solution for men with non-obstructive Azoospermia who want to have children. If the retrieved sperm is not usable, couples can choose to undergo fertility treatments with donor sperm.
Oligospermia is a condition where there is a low sperm count in semen. Studies show that sperm count is low when there are fewer than 15 million sperm per each milliliter of sperm. This can be a cause of infertility because a low sperm count decreases the odds of fertilizing an egg. Some of the causes for this are varicocele, infection, ejaculation problems, undescended testicles, or hormone imbalances.
Oligospermia: Possible Solutions
Oligospermia can be treated through surgery if varicocele is causing the low sperm count. There is also the option of hormone treatments or antibiotics if there is an infection. Sperm can also be drawn to use in IUI or IVF. If the condition is unable to be treated, couples can choose to use donor sperm.
If you are experiencing infertility and would like to use Cryos on your path to parenthood, please get in touch with one of our helpful client service representatives who can guide you through the process. Call us at (407) 203-1175, email us at [email protected] or chat with us live on our online chat system located on our website.
Cryos is happy to help and can be a great resource for you to have the family of your dreams.