There is more to fertility care than IVF

Buckinghamshire fertility care

When it comes to fertility treatment, IVF is often thought of as the only route to go down. However, did you know there’s actually a wide range of fertility treatment options available?

Over the years, a number of effective, advanced fertility treatments have been developed. The type of treatment each couple requires will depend entirely upon the cause of their fertility issues. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the different treatment options available at Chiltern Fertility.

Fertility Drugs

Fertility drugs are largely prescribed for men with extremely poor-quality sperm or women who do not ovulate frequently enough. They’re given in either pill form or via injections and they basically release hormones which signal the ovaries to increase egg production. They also help the uterus to make it easier for embryo implantation.

The injections tend to have a slightly higher success rate, with approximately up to 50% of women becoming pregnant after treatment. Fertility pills have a slightly lower 40%-45% success rate.

Fertility drugs are usually the first option for couples due to their convenience and low cost.  Women with blocked or damaged fallopian tubes should avoid this type of fertility treatment. They also come with numerous potential risks which you should discuss with a fertility specialist prior to taking them.

Surgery

Surgery may be recommended if your fertility issues are caused by anatomical abnormalities, blocked fallopian tubes or to remove scarring caused by conditions such as endometriosis.

The success rate of surgery varies significantly depending upon the severity of the problem, as well as a woman’s age. There are a lot of different surgical procedures used to correct fertility issues, with some being more invasive than others. This means the risks, recovery time and cost will vary depending upon the procedure.

Donor Sperm

Donor sperm is most commonly used for couples where the male is experiencing infertility.

However, it can also be used for single women, lesbian couples and in situations where the male is worried about passing along a genetic disorder. Sperm is taken from a donor male, before being implanted into the woman.

It’s estimated approximately 15% of women become pregnant after the first cycle. The majority of women, however (80%), experience success after cycle six.

Donor Eggs

Donor eggs are used for female-related infertility issues. It could be your ovaries are damaged, you’ve undergone chemotherapy, or you may have a genetic disorder you don’t want to pass to your child. Whatever the reason, donor eggs are taken from another woman’s womb and then fertilised with the male partner’s sperm. Once fertilised, the eggs are implanted into the womb.

The success rates are pretty impressive, with 55% of women who have received fresh eggs going on to give birth. Frozen eggs have a slightly reduced success rate of around 34%. The procedure is one of the more expensive treatments available and you will need to take a strict drug regimen to ensure the womb is receptive to the egg.

The above are just some of the common fertility treatments offered. As each couple is different, at Chiltern Fertility we will tailor a potential treatment plan to fit your individual circumstances. The earlier patients seek help for fertility issues, the more successful treatment is likely to be. Contact us now to book a consultation: email us at info@chilternfertility.co.uk or call us on 01865 782856.