Low Tech Therapies Can Be Successful


When you embark on fertility treatment it can be overwhelming. The testing, procedures and medications may seem daunting. So it may help to know that, while there are many new high-tech procedures available, most fertility patients are successfully treated with low-tech therapies.
After Diagnostic Testing: Which Therapy is Right for Me?

After you complete your diagnostic testing, be sure to schedule a follow-up meeting with your doctor once to discuss your test results and your options.  You will use that meeting to ask your doctor many questions that will help you map out how your treatment will proceed.  Remember, more than half the couples who seek treatment will become pregnant,1and most patients are successfully treated with low-tech therapies.

Which Therapy is Best?

Most couples who seek treatment for fertility problems are successfully treated with low tech therapies. However, many high-tech procedures are available as a next step.

Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor might prescribe medicines to control or regulate ovulation.  These medications are usually oral or injectable, and are often used in conjunction with intrauterine or artificial insemination to increase chances of pregnancy.

Sometimes it is necessary for your doctor to conduct surgery to repair reproductive organs.  For example, if you have endometriosis your doctor may want to perform laparoscopic surgery to remove some of the scar tissue thereby increasing your chances of conception. Your doctor should discuss surgery with you if it’s appropriate.

Chances for Success

If you have exhausted low-tech therapies and you are still not pregnant, you may want to discuss other options with your doctor. Fertility treatment success rates are improving thanks to new technologies and medications like recombinant fertility medications. The more you know about infertility and its treatments and the sooner you get started, the better your chances of becoming pregnant.

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