Understanding infertility treatment
How expensive are infertility treatments?
What are the treatments commonly done for infertility?
Treatments for Infertility (English)
Who should I approach for fertility treatment?
Fertility treatments in modern medicine are done by reproductive medicine specialists and gynecologists. Reproductive medicine specialists are gynecologists who undergo 1-2 years of super-specialty training in the management of complex infertility cases after completion of their specialization in obstetrics and gynecology (MD Obg). Such specialists, as in other fields of medicine such as cardiology or neurology would have a Fellowship of National Board (FnB), MCh, or Fellowship in Reproductive medicine in addition to their MD/MS is obstetrics and gynecology.
Approaching the right type of doctor would help in ensuring that you get the correct diagnosis and treatment. Couples often waste critical time, undergo emotional turmoil, family pressures, and waste money with often complex unnecessary procedures if they do not approach the right doctor for the problem.
How does a doctor decide on what treatment is right for me?
What treatment do we need? How does a doctor decide on the ideal treatment for us as a couple?
Doctors usually look at a few factors before suggesting treatment for couples. The important factors for decision making are
semen analysis results in the male partner.
age of the female partner
ovarian reserve-number of eggs available
duration of infertility
5. previous treatment details
6. previous pregnancy if any
How do I select a doctor/clinic for fertility treatment?
Conclusion: Knowing how to evaluate a fertility clinic or doctor will save you time, heartache, and money. Getting the right information will help you make an informed decision about which one is best suited to your needs.
Are fertility treatments painful?
Most fertility treatments are not painful. Some fertility treatments require daily injections for 7-14 days. These injections may cause some mild discomfort. Your doctor can advise on alternate medications in the form of tablets or use pen-based injections with thin needles to minimize your discomfort.
Procedures such as transvaginal scans are usually not painful for patients. Rarely in patients with anxiety, there may be a fear of pain. Talk to your doctor so that they can minimize the pain or discomfort and in severe cases perform the procedure under mild sedation.
Procedures such as IUI, IVF, and embryo transfer are not painful. Some women may experience mild abdominal discomfort, cramps, bloating, or heaviness after some procedures if the ovaries are enlarged. Your doctor should be able to provide medications and guidance to relieve any such discomfort that you may experience
How painful are fertility treatments?
Do I need to take leave or stop working during my fertility treatment?
Most treatment including IVF can be accommodated with you continuing to work. You will have scans, scheduled prior and you can plan your workdays accordingly. You may have to take a day off on the day of the IUI/ egg pick up/ embryo transfer procedure as they need to be followed by a small period of observation or stay in the hospital.
Are there any side effects of fertility treatments and medications?
Most fertility treatments include manipulation/administration of hormones, which are naturally produced by the body. Hence they can cause a transient increase in the number of eggs or if pregnancy is successful, cause twins or higher-order pregnancy