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Understanding infertility means understanding that you have options. Discuss your options with your Doctor and see what path is right for you! Here are some of the options that you can look into for reproductive assistance.
One of the most effective procedures is In Vitro Fertilization, (IVF). It is one of the more widely known types of assisted reproductive technology, (ART). IVF is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm in vitro. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from her ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a culture medium in a laboratory.
Another common form of assisted reproductive technology is the Intrauterine Fertilization process. During an intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure, sperm is placed directly into the uterus using a small catheter. The goal of this treatment is to improve the chances of fertilization by increasing the number of healthy sperm that reach the fallopian tubes when the woman is most fertile.
There are several alternatives that you can speak to a Fertility Specialist about that may be best for your journey. This could be assisted reproductive conception or different fertility drug treatments. Your Doctor will be able to determine the best course of action after a full evaluation is completed.
We've taken a survey from our amazing community of women that that have shared their experiences. We asked what important factors they wanted to share from their own experiences and good questions to ask your Fertility Specialist when you head in for your initial consultation.
Here are the top responses we felt could be most helpful!
1. Be candid and honest with your Doctor about how long you've been trying to conceive. It will help your Doctor during evaluation.
2. Monitor your cycle and track your days. This could be a good indicator if your cycle is regular or irregular. If you have a painful or extremely heavy cycle let your Doctor know. A conversation about endometriosis could be in order!
3. Get your progesterone levels checked. If the Fertility world it is known as P4. Many Doctors believe that a low progesterone level could be a factor in miscarriage. Every Doctor is different.
4. Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. Listen to your body and your intuition. If you don't feel your Doctor is being thorough enough, seek out another professional.
5. Take care of your overall health! Many factors impact fertility such as alcohol, smoking, weight, what you eat, and exercise. Try to avoid smoking and alcohol if you're trying to conceive and stay active. Walking is good low impact exercise.
6. Have your Doctor check your uterus and lining to ensure they are healthy and there are no signs of cysts, fibroids, or scarring. These could impact a pregnancy and are potential factors for miscarriage. Talk to your Doctor about it for sure!
Thank you to all the ladies that contributed and participated in our survey! This is amazing advice but above all ladies be SURE to consult with your Doctor. Every woman's fertility is different and your treatment journey will be designed around your particular situation.
There are so many resources available but here is another resources for women looking for a Fertility Specialist in the Charlotte area.