Once the fertility investigations are complete by our fertility specialist, it is time to discuss about the fertility and/or infertility treatment. Depending on the results of the tests, you may be directed towards one particular treatment (eg ICSI in very poor sperm) or may be offered a range of appropriate options. Unfortunately, in human fertility, no one treatment is guaranteed to succeed and each one is associated with a particular chance of pregnancy. Many other factors also may play part in the success rates for example, lifestyle, the woman’s age, smoking etc. and these will all be addressed. The most important thing to remember is that with persistence, the majority of couples will be rewarded with a child (or more!).
At our fertility centre, we provide multiple treatment options to help a couple become pregnant. It all depends on the cause, and most times, the test results will indicate the problem that needs treatment.
The simplest fertility and/or infertility treatments treatments relate to couples who have difficulty deciding when the most fertile time of the month is. This is especially true for women who have irregular menstrual cycles due to either early or late ovulation. Ovulation problems account for about a quarter of the problems we see in the clinic and these are often the easiest to resolve without needing expensive treatments. There are medications that our fertility specialist recommends which can regulate the ovulation for, example Clomiphene.
If this doesn’t work after a couple of months, or if there are other problems (eg weak sperm), it may be wise to move on to intrauterine insemination (IUI) as the next step. If all else fails, or if it a severe problem such as blocked or damaged fallopian tubes or an extremely low sperm count, In vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) may be necessary.