Which Fertility Options Work Best When Trying to Become Pregnant?

Dr. Randy Morris

Which Fertility Options Work Best When Trying to Become Pregnant?

Dr. Randy Morris

If you are trying to get pregnant but are struggling with infertility, there are a variety of treatment options, most of which have been refined and improved over the course of the last several decades. Some of the best fertility options for getting pregnant include oral medications, IUI, IVF, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. In most cases, the doctor will recommend more conservative options before recommending more intensive options like IVF, but that decision can be made on a case by case basis.

Fertility Options for Getting Pregnant

Oral Medication

Oral medications like Clomid and Femara may be prescribed to women in order to induce or increase ovulation. For many women, irregular or absent ovulation is the cause of, or a contributing factor to, infertility. Taking oral medication in conjunction with timed sex is effective at causing pregnancy in many women. Medication can also be one of the key fertility options for getting pregnant for women who have an underlying medical condition causing their infertility. For example, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may be prescribed metformin in addition to other fertility treatments. Disease-directed medications may or may not be enough on their own to get pregnant, but they can be a key part of the treatment plan in many cases.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

During IUI, semen is washed and concentrated to enhance sperm count and quality, then injected through the cervix into the uterus while the woman is ovulating. In most cases, the woman takes either Clomid or Femara during the IUI cycle. IUI is effective at treating a wide variety of male and female fertility problems, and is one of the most versatile and cost-effective fertility options for getting pregnant.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

During IVF, the woman takes injectable gonadotropin hormones to stimulate her to produce more eggs than usual and to prevent ovulation. The eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and combined with sperm in the laboratory, forming embryos. The embryos are transferred back to the uterus after maturing in the laboratory for several days.

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

PGD can be valuable for couples who have had multiple miscarriages with no explanation, because chromosomal abnormalities may be at fault. With PGD, only embryos that appear to be healthy and have no chromosomal abnormalities are transferred. This reduces - but does not eliminate - the chances of miscarriage and birth defects. Dr. Randy Morris would be happy to meet with you about which fertility options for getting pregnant are right for you. To schedule your consultation today, please click below and enter your information or call IVF1 at (630) 357-6540.