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Treating Infertility: Roller Coaster of Emotions

Infertility TreatmentWhen you first learn that you’re infertile, you feel a flood of emotions. In the middle of your grief and sadness, you and your partner must make decisions that may affect you physically, emotionally and financially.

Understandably, you want to know the best options to treat your type of infertility and what each treatment choice entails.

Boosting the odds
“Infertility treatments will differ depending on what is affecting the couple’s ability to conceive,” says Rebecca Flyckt, MD, a fertility specialist at Cleveland Clinic. “The most common diagnosis that we see is unexplained infertility. Generally, with this one, we’ll recommend starting with an oral fertility medication in combination with an intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure.”

Some fertility drugs encourage “superovulation,” stimulating the ovaries to produce more than one mature follicle (this is what develops into the egg) during each cycle. The release of multiple eggs increases the likelihood of getting pregnant.

“I tell my patients to think of it as a numbers game,” Dr. Flyckt says. “We use an IUI to bring more eggs and sperm together at the right time, and generally the prognosis for pregnancy is very good.” Continue on Health Essentials