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.
Have you considered an alternative?
Chinese Medicine (CM) has a long history of treating women’s health and infertility. In contrast to modern medical science, CM works at an energetic level. It’s method of diagnosis identifies the underlying energetic imbalances which give rise to signs and symptoms (in this case, infertility). Treatment involves the use of acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine to restore balance.
Historically CM was, and still is, used as a stand-alone fertility treatment. More recently it has been used as an adjunct treatment to other assisted reproductive therapies. Acupuncture is well suited to being used as an adjunct therapy because it is non-pharmacological by nature. This has helped acupuncture to be increasing used to enhance chances during IVF.
*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.