Children are a true blessing to parents. If you have been unsuccessful in conceiving your own, you’ve probably already started looking at your options. Fertility treatments include in-vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, artificial insemination, and intrauterine surgery, among a few others.
These treatments can be incredibly costly and time-consuming, but the yearning to have and raise a child is so strong that couples are still willing to go through it all. You don’t have to choose between being able to conceive a baby and being able to afford to raise that baby. Fertility treatments are among the many procedures made financially feasible through medical tourism.
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process by which a sperm and egg are combined outside the body, in a laboratory environment, and then implanted into the hopeful mother’s uterus. It presents a good solution for women who have problems with endometriosis or ovulation, men who have low sperm counts or sperm that cannot penetrate an egg, as well as a number of other conception problems in both men and women.
During an intrauterine insemination procedure, a catheter is used to inject sperm into the uterus directly. This increases the likelihood of fertilization, as the sperm are placed inside the uterus. However, they still must get to and penetrate the egg. For this reason, this type of fertilization assistance is done at or just before ovulation, and doctors will often advise you to take fertility medication to increase egg production before the procedure.
The simplest of all fertility treatments, artificial insemination is just the injection of sperm into your vagina or oviduct. This treatment is done as a substitution for sexual intercourse. The sperm will still need to travel to the uterus and penetrate the egg. Artificial insemination is usually performed if the parents are not sexually involved.
If you found out that your baby was doomed to have a birth defect, what would you do? Thanks to the miracles of modern science, you don’t have to choose between terminating the pregnancy and raising a child with medical problems. Intrauterine surgery can correct a number of defects and ailments in the fetus before the baby is ever born.