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How Do I Choose the Best Fertility Help?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated May 17, 2024
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The best way to choose fertility help is through your family doctor or gynecologist. You may also choose to speak with specialists who handle infertility with natural remedies first. Additionally, if you don’t have any diagnosed condition which may lead to infertility, there are things you may consider trying that have been shown to boost fertility. This can be beneficial even for those who have average fertility.

If you are struggling with infertility, the first place you will likely need to go for fertility help is your family doctor or gynecologist. You will probably receive a full exam to check for hormonal issues and abnormalities within the reproductive organs. An ultrasound may be done to check your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes if you are a woman. Males will probably have a semen specimen tested for sperm count and mobility.

Once a cause of infertility is diagnosed, the best fertility help can be determined. Many issues are treatable. For instance, if you have a fallopian tube blockage, this may be fixed with surgery. Hormonal issues are often fixed using hormonal supplemental therapies with either oral doses of certain hormones or injections. These treatments may be planned and implemented with your general practitioner.

Should it be discovered that you have more severe fertility issues, or if you have tried less invasive treatments with no success, there are various other methods of treatment you may consider. In vitro fertilization, for instance, is one method in which sperm and egg are combined outside of the body and then inserted as an embryo. Insemination and surrogacy are also possible.

The right fertility help for you will depend on many factors. You should ask your doctors about your chances of getting pregnant naturally, and the implications of each available procedure. Some treatments are very expensive and are often unsuccessful on the first attempt. Additionally, many of them are not covered by insurance. If you are not able to handle the expense of some options, ask your doctor about alternatives.

If no particular reason for infertility is found, you should consider habits in your lifestyle that could be causing a problem. This is where a naturalist or homeopathic doctor could be beneficial. Being overweight, lacking certain vitamins, using tobacco products, or taking certain medications could all be hindering your fertility. A natural practitioner can help you sort out dietary issues and other preventable infertility causes.

Reading books about fertility diets and supplements may also be good sources for fertility help. If you do choose to go with anything you find in a book or article, just be sure to discuss it with your doctor first. Aside from taking specific actions that may boost fertility, it's also important that you take care of yourself and your body in the meantime. Women should begin taking prenatal vitamins, exercising, and eating healthier while men should avoid wearing tight undergarments, stop smoking, and eat healthy. Both parties should be checked for sexually transmitted diseases during their fertility exams as well to ensure optimum health.

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