Infertility can be a real challenge for a couple seeking to conceive. It is the inability to conceive after a year of trying naturally and can occur in either partner. Male and female infertility are equally common and it is best to evaluate both partners.
A sperm test and a physical exam are necessary to determine the cause of male infertility. Sperm count, appearance, motility and other factors can help diagnose male infertility.
Female infertility can be caused due to conditions such as hormonal imbalance, irregular or absent ovulation, blockages in the fallopian tube or abnormalities in the reproductive organs. Tests can be conducted to determine the conditions causing infertility.
Renewed hope with treatment
Male and female infertility can definitely be treated! A specialist will evaluate both partners to draw out the best possible path. Treatments can range from medication to surgery for both male and female infertility.
Treatment of male infertility:
– Antibiotics to treat infection, if any
– Medication and counselling for problems with erections or ejaculations
– Hormone treatment
– Surgery in case of a blockage or widening of veins
Treatment of female infertility:
– Fertility drugs and hormone treatments
– Surgery to remove tissue blocking the fallopian tubes
Apart from treatment, partners also have the alternative for seeking artificial assistance to conceive. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a ray of hope!
IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF (in vitro fertilization) GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer) or ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer) are some of the procedures that can help couples conceive.
Always remember, there is no shame in seeking help and assistance. Making a life is a journey in itself. Trust the process, pay heed to your specialist and most importantly, do not lose hope!