IVF is not the only treatment option for infertility. From a medical science perspective, there are a number of fertility problems which can be resolved by other forms of treatment. In addition, there are simple things, which when addressed, may help. Some examples of these include:
Ovulation treatment– This involves taking medication to induce ovulation.
Blocked Fallopian Tubes– There are procedures which can be carried out to unblock tubes.
Endometriosis– This is the growing of the endometrial lining outside of the uterus. It can cause a physical obstruction preventing pregnancy or it can elicit a problematic autoimmune response.
Natural Killer Cells– These are autoimmune cells which can jeopardise the early stage of pregnancy. This a topic of much conjecture. A clear consensus on the influence of killer cells is yet to be achieved amongst fertility experts.
Timing of Intercourse– This is important to optimise the timing of intercourse.
Needing more time– There is about a one in five chance of conceiving in any one cycle. There are instances when nothing is wrong and couples just require patience.
*This is the seventh of a list of 13 myths concerning conception which was compiled by Dr Minna Geisler from The Waterstone Clinic in Ireland.