Cure for Infertility

Cure for Infertility – Signs and Tests

When finding a cure for infertility, it is vital that the couple’s complete medical histories and physical examination results are known.

The following tests may be administered to identify the cause of infertility and/or fine tune the approach to becoming pregnant:

  • Semen analysis – Men are urged to completely abstain from any coital activities in two or three days.  After coital abstinence, a sperm sample will be collected and examined by a lab to determine the following:
    • volume of semen
    • viscosity of semen
    • sperm count
    • motility
    • swimming speed
    • shape
  • Basal body temperature – Every morning, the woman’s temperature is checked…usually before arising. This test is done to identify temperature increases (0.4 to 1.0 degree Fahrenheit) that are associated with ovulation.
  • Cervical mucus monitoring – Changes during the menstrual cycle are observed to note the appearance of the wet, slippery and stretchy mucus associated with ovulation.
  • Postcoital testing (PCT) – This is done to assess the interaction of the sperm-cervical mucus. Cervical mucus will be collected two – eight hours post coitus.
  • Done via blood testing, the serum progesterone is measured.
  • A biopsy of the woman’s endometrium (uterine lining).
  • In rare cases, the man’s testicles will undergo biopsy.
  • Using a home-use kit, couples can measure the amount of luteinizing hormone in the urine.  This will help predict ovulation to assist with timing of intercourse.
  • In cases of irregular or absent ovulation in the woman, a Progestin challenge is done.
  • Done by either or both partners, a blood sample will be collected to determine the serum hormonal levels
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG) – This is an x-ray procedure that follows the route or journey of the sperm cell from the cervix through the uterus and fallopian tubes.
  • Laparoscopy is a procedure done to allow direct imagery of the pelvic cavity.
  • To determine if there any cysts, the woman will undergo a pelvic examination.

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Infertility Treatment

Treatment should be recommended based on the cause of infertility and may involve:

  • Couples/partners can go through simple counseling.
  • Medication may be prescribed to help treat infections or regulate ovulation.
  • Couples can go through modern sophisticated medical procedures such as in vitro fertilization.

The partners should recognize and discuss the mental effects of infertility on them individually and as a couple.  It is important to seek advice from healthcare experts.

Expectations (prognosis)

A cause can be identified for approximately 85% of infertile couples.

For infertile couples who undergo the appropriate therapy (not including modern procedures like in vitro fertilization) there is a 50 – 60% chance of pregnancy.

With no medical intervention whatsoever, previously infertile couples have a 15 % to 20 % chance of pregnancy.

Infertility Prevention

Since infertility problems can be caused by STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), it is important to practice safe and responsible sex.  By practicing safe sex, minimizes the risk of infection and future infertility. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the top ranked infertility causing STDs.

Without causing or exhibiting symptoms, STDs are often only revealed when pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) develops. This inflammatory condition can scar the fallopian tubes and lead to decreased fertility or absolute infertility and  an increased chance of extrauterine pregnancy.

Immunization for mumps prevents mumps-related sterility in men.

Some birth control methods, such as the IUD (intrauterine device), carry a higher risk of future infertility. Women who haven’t experienced childbirth are advised not to use IUDs.

Women choosing the IUD must accept the slight risk of infertility associated with IUD use. This risk, weighed with the potential benefits, should be considered and discussed by both partners and the health care consultant.

It is also important to remember that early detection and treatment of endometriosis can decrease the chance of infertility.