Couples who have tried for many months up to at least one year to conceive without success often will seek a fertility specialist for care and help. Testing will be required to determine if infertility is an appropriate diagnosis and to develop a fertility treatment plan.
The fertility specialist fertility treatment plan may include
- Use of Clomid
- Performing Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Performing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Laparoscopic surgery
For the couples conceiving and having a baby in about 9 months following a step by step treatment plan progressing from one type of treatment to the next these treatments are valuable and worthwhile. But other patients bypass the traditional fertility treatments and go straight to the most aggressive treatments. Rather than having testing performed thy jump right into using Clamed or going directly to IVF before even gaining an understanding of the risk associated or even considering more natural options that are not full of side effects and high risk.
Clomid is a used to regulate or to induce ovulation. This medication is usually only used for women having no ovulation at all. Clomid has some serious side effects which should be considered carefully prior to treatment. Some of the side effects include
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
- Ironically in about 30% of patients receiving Clomid their cervical mucus becomes hostile to sperm and will prevent conception which was actually the purpose for the drug in the first place.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment is a procedure where sperm that has been washed is placed directly in the uterus by way of a catheter inserted through the cervix. A major side effect of this procedure is multiple babies due to the fact that usually IUI’s are performed along with the patient taking Clomid or other ovarian stimulating medications providing for an uncontrolled amount of eggs being released during ovulation. Other effects include cramping, minor injury to the cervix creating bleeding and spotting result from these treatments.
Hormone type fertility drugs are used for the intention of boosting the woman’s reproductive system. Some of these medications including progesterone treatment will address shortages from natural hormone production. Clomid actually affects ovulation timing.
Your doctor will perform test for fertility to determine your specific infertility problems. He will also advise you of the risks, benefits, and side effects and provide assistance and guidance in choosing the optimal course of treatment for your situation.
Progesterone a natural hormone plays an important role of assisting a woman to get pregnant. If the woman’s body fails to produce sufficient Progesterone supplemental Progesterone is utilized to improve the chance of conception. Disadvantages of progesterone treatment includes
- Breast tenderness
- Joint discomfort
In addition to the side effects some of these patients will require supervision when receiving the medication due to problems with asthma, migraines, cardiac problems and epilepsy.
Other Fertility Drug Complications
- Multiple pregnancies are more frequently with injectable medications
- Premature birth.
- Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
- 1/3 of Clomid users develop hostile cervical mucus which can prevent conception
Natural methods of treating infertility do not have the risk associated with them as the medication or procedure based methods will have. The natural methods are actually a healthy lifestyle with added health benefits for the user. These natural methods should first be utilized rather than opting for the higher risk medication and procedural based methods. The natural methods also will not create a sperm hostile environment which actually prevents fertilization rather than increasing infertility.
To increase fertility and treat the infertility problems first opt for the treatments with the lowest risk which includes the natural methods rather than the more expensive and risky options.