• Infertility: Alternatives and Options for Couples Trying to Conceive

    Conquer infertility by knowing treatment options, its pros and cons, and the emotional tolls of assisted reproduction.
  • pregnant woman with manIn recent years, advancement in medical technology has made huge strides to help overcome infertility. Technological progress has given hope to many couples. Now, there are many alternatives and options for couples trying to conceive. However, there are medical, ethical, and social issues, and success rates to consider for different treatments to examine.

     

    Seek Help and Treatment

    Still there are options. And the more you know about each option, the higher your chances of choosing what’s best for you. Doctors specializing in assisted reproduction help couples devise a treatment plan according to specific needs. Reproductive endocrinologist and infertility and menopause specialist Joan Tan-Garcia, M.D., reiterates that couples seeking medical treatment should keep in mind that each option is specific to the individual’s physiological condition.

     

    The First Consultation

    She describes the first consultation with the couple as a crucial step in arriving at a decision.
    Dr. Tan-Garcia explains, “The doctor and the couple have to find out the cause [behind the difficulty in conceiving] because their ‘work up’ will involve these prerequisites. We need to find out what the problem is and if it can be corrected either by medical treatment or surgery, or if it’s just a matter of proper scheduling of sexual activity to match the ovulation period. Once we find out what’s wrong, we can direct the medical treatment.”

    Dr. Tan-Garcia gives us a rundown of the treatment options and alternatives for couples trying to conceive and how each works, from the least to the most invasive.

    • Acupuncture
    • Artificial Insemination

     

    Source:
    Joan Tan-Garcia, M.D. reproductive endocrinologist, infertility and menopause specialist, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Manila Doctor’s Hospital, and Medical City

     

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