The term “infertility” is often tagged with expensive doctor visits and painful injections. However, for the majority of couples, that isn’t the case. While in vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most well-known and costly options, it’s actually used in only 30 percent of infertility cases. Unfortunately, this stereotype keeps many couples from ever stepping inside a fertility doctor’s office.
There are many more options for becoming pregnant other than IVF, and some of the basic procedures receive the least amount of attention and produce great results.
This includes Clomid and IUI or intrauterine Insemination , both of which are far less invasive and costly fertility treatment options than IVF.
Approximately 25 percent of women suffering from infertility are found to have ovulation problems. Clomid can help reverse ovulation dysfunction 80 percent of the time. A successful pregnancy is possible with Clomid as long as the fallopian tubes are patent or open. Clomid also helps women with sporadic or irregular menstrual cycles ovulate more regularly.
Clomid is also known as brand name, Serophene or clomiphene citrate, the generic version. Both brand and generic versions of this fertility medication provide the similar results.
Due to its success rate and low cost, most couples tend to prefer Clomid as an initial fertility treatment before advancing to IVF.
IUI is a process in which sperm is placed directly inside a woman’s uterus. This allows doctors to introduce a higher number of sperm into the Fallopian tubes during ovulation and increase the chance for pregnancy.
In natural conception, sperm travels through the vagina, past the cervix–which acts as a natural gatekeeper, only letting some sperm through into the uterus. Sperm then travels through the uterus and out into the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs. If any of these internal pathways are blocked, or if there is a problem with the function or motility of the sperm, fertilization cannot occur and the cycle ends without a pregnancy.
IUI is preferred for women that have scarring or damage to the cervix. Cervical scarring can occur during surgical procedures such as cone biopsies and LEEP procedures to remove precancerous lesions on the cervix. A damaged cervix can prevent sperm from entering the vagina and be a barrier to pregnancy.
IUI is most commonly used when the male partner has a low sperm count or low sperm mobility. Dr. James Douglas may also recommend IUI when the following causes of male infertility:
• irregular urethral openings preventing normal ejaculation
• inability to ejaculate due to erectile dysfunction
• retrograde ejaculation, backwards flow of semen into the bladder
Fertility doctors, including Dr. Douglas, try to help patient find success with the least invasive and least expensive fertility procedures possible. To learn more about IVF Plano and the available fertility treatments, call or contact us today.