There are many different options for parents who are unable to conceive a child. Here are some common infertility procedures used by fertility experts:
- Fertility drugs: Certain medications can help increase your chances of natural conception by regulating your reproductive hormones and prompt the release of eggs during ovulation. There are side effects to taking certain fertility medication however, such as the increased likelihood of having twins. Fertility drugs can be a great option for those who wish to avoid the surgical route or try non-surgical means first.
- Surrogacy: Using a surrogate mother to carry the child can be a great and natural way to conceive. Gestational surrogacy is when your embryo or a donor's is placed within another woman's uterus and carried to term. This can be a great method if you have someone you're extremely close with who is willing to undergo the procedure. Open communication is key in this process since the amount of control you as the parent will have while the fetus is being carried by the surrogate is limited.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF): One of the more popular infertility procedures, this is also perhaps the most expensive. The procedure consists of removing eggs from the ovaries and mixing them with a partner's sperm or a donor's. The embryo(s) are then placed into your uterus if fertilization is achieved. This procedure is extremely common with a high success rate. If side effects are noted they are usually mild or short term.
Of course, there are many other procedures available and it is important to visit a fertility expert to find out which of these infertility procedures is right for you.