One of the saddest and most life-changing decisions of my life was to finally make an appointment with a fertility doctor. My husband and I were both almost 40 years old. We’d been trying to get pregnant for over a year. We’d read enough pregnancy books and visited enough infertility websites to recognize the signs of fertility problems.
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Not getting pregnant after months or years of trying to conceive is devastating – and fear of infertility treatments can prolong the heartbreak. I found… Read More »How Fear of Infertility Treatments Affects Getting Pregnant
Most of the best fertility tips for women are commonsense (don’t smoke, eat right); but some may surprise you. These tips range from female hormones… Read More »Fertility Tips for Women – From Hormones to Lubricants
If you can’t conceive a baby and haven’t found a fertility specialist, you must read these reasons you need to go to a fertility clinic… Read More »Can’t Conceive? 4 Reasons to Find a Fertility Specialist ASAP
This info is from a terrific book called A Baby at Last! The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant – From Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom.
“The frequency of artificial insemination of donor sperm has changed dramatically, thanks to the introduction of ICSI (intrauterine insemination),” write the authors of A Baby at Last! “Even when a man has a very low sperm count or low motility, or no sperm at all in the ejaculate, doctors can isolate a single sperm from the ejaculate or retrieve sperm from the testicles to inject directly into an egg.”
My husband calls this procedure “cracking a nut.” In medical circles, they call it TESE or testicular sperm extraction. But, if you don’t want to go that far in search of sperm – surgery to extract a single sperm – you might want to look for a sperm donor at a sperm bank instead.
The following info on sperm donors and sperm banks is from A Baby at Last! The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant–from Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom – a terrific source of information on getting pregnant, whether or not you’re coping with infertility.Read More »How Sperm Donation for Artificial Insemination Works
Here are eight types of infertility treatments (aka “assisted conception”) that take getting pregnant to a whole new level: IVF, SUZI, MIST, ICSI,GIFT, ZIFT, MESA, and TESE.
“Assisted reproductive technology has helped many childless couples to become parents,” writes Dr Miriam Stoppard in Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today’s Parents. “Originally in vitro fertilization (IVF) was the only form, but now there are a number of techniques aimed at helping a couple conceive and give birth to a healthy child. The rewards are wonderful, but the emotional costs can be high. Any couple considering assisted reproductive technology needs expert support.”
Many fertility clinics won’t provide treatments or assisted conception unless the couple has talked to a counselor or psychologist (and that can cost extra, depending on the type of infertility treatment). For more information on assisted conception, read Making Babies the Hard Way: Living with Infertility and Treatment.
And, here are the definitions of eight different types of fertility treatments…