Researching fertility treatments and doctors can be a daunting task. Luckily, you are in the right place to do both — and do them effectively! The Leading Medical Clinics team has compiled a list of common fertility treatments, including those offered by the fertility doctors and clinics in our network. And since all of the doctors in our network are voted top of their field by peers and patients, you have everything you need to start on the path to treatment.
Diagnosing Fertility Problems
An effective diagnosis for infertility typically involves an examination of both partners. This will typically include hormone tests for both partners, as irregular hormone levels can point to ovulation problems or sperm production problems. A woman will be given a pelvic exam and pap smear, and the doctor will check her fallopian tubes for signs of blockage and/or damage. She may also be given further testing to monitor her ovulation. Other tests, including cervical mucus and ultrasound tests, may also be administered to the female partner.
A man will have his semen analyzed for sperm quality and quantity. The doctor may also test his blood to check testosterone levels. In addition to these tests, the doctor may wish to check his urine for the presence of white blood cells (which may indicate an infection) or the presence of sperm (which may indicate retrograde ejaculation).
A physical examination of both partners and a discussion of their medical history and lifestyle habits will also be considered when determining possible causes of infertility.
Popular Fertility Treatments
In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the name for a series of procedures that use retrieved eggs from a woman and sperm from a man and join them together in a laboratory glass dish for fertilization to occur. Once the woman’s egg has been fertilized, it is then implanted into her uterus for gestation.
Egg Donor IVF
Egg Donor IVF (Oocyte Donation, Ovum Donation, Donor Egg) is used in place of a standard IVF treatment for women who have a low number of eggs or poor egg quality. The egg donor IVF process uses donor eggs (eggs retrieved from another woman) for the egg fertilization process. Once fertilized, the embryo is then implanted into the womb of the female patient.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a form of artificial insemination that places sperm (whether from a donor or partner) directly into a woman’s uterus while she is ovulating in order to increase the chances of egg fertilization.
Gestational Carriers (Surrogacy) are often used in cases where, for one reason or another, a woman cannot carry the pregnancy. This method involves the surgical insertion of an embryo created by IVF into a surrogate for gestation. The IVF process may include eggs and sperm from one or both intended parents, or from donors. Once the surrogate has carried the pregnancy to full term, it is then given to the intended parents.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is sometimes used during the IVF process to inject the sperm directly into the egg to increase the chance of fertilization. This method is often used to treat infertility problems that are sperm-related.
Fertility Treatment Options
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is an optional screening test used in IVF treatments in order to check embryos for chromosomes (used for gender selection) and/or for the presence of genetic or chromosomal disorders that may cause a baby to be born with a disease or disorder (such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis).
Gender Selection is a process that can be used to select a baby’s gender prior to conception. This is accomplished through sperm sorting (selecting sperm based on whether they carry male or female chromosomes) for use during IVF treatment.
Finding a Fertility Clinic You Can Trust
If you are considering being treated for infertility, you are likely doing thorough research on fertility clinics in order to find one you can trust. Not sure what to look for? With so many choices of clinics out there, you need a way to determine which is best. At Leading Medical Clinics, we use an international medical advisory board made up of the most highly respected healthcare professionals in the world to review thousands of doctors and clinics across the globe. This rigorous and careful evaluation process allows us to separate the best from the rest, and include them in our list of healthcare practitioners. For this reason, we are proud to say that all of the fertility doctors in our network are:
- Well-respected by peers
- Positively reviewed by patients
- Ranked as a top medical practitioner in their field
- In good standing with their medical board(s)
- Operating from a clinic that upholds the highest level of healthcare standards
- What types of test do I or my partner need to determine the possible cause or causes of our infertility problems?
- How much do these fertility tests cost?
- How long does it take to determine a diagnosis?
- What are the possible reasons for why we have had problems conceiving?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to boost my chances of getting pregnant?
- Would I be a good candidate for a fertility treatment?
- Which fertility treatments do you offer?
- What options do I have for fertility treatments?
- How many cycles do these fertility treatments require?
- If the first treatment doesn’t work, what are your recommendations for further treatment?
- Does this clinic offer genetic testing for genetically transmitted diseases?
- How long has this clinic been in operation?
- How many treatments are administered per year at this clinic?
- What is the success rate of this clinic?
- How many of the pregnancies included in this success rate resulted in multiple births?
- How many fertility treatments have you performed personally?
- What is a realistic success rate for my age and condition of health?
- Are there risks and/or side effects associated with the fertility treatments available to me?
- If so, how common are the risks/side effects?
- Will I need time to recover from the fertility treatment I am considering?
- How quickly can I become pregnant after treatment?
- Can you provide me with any patient information (whether print or digital) to help me better understand the fertility treatment or treatments available to me?
- Do you offer emotional counseling for infertility, or do you recommend a specialist or group I can join for this level of care?
- How much does each treatment I am considering cost?
- Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
- What financing options are available to me as your patient?
- Will my insurance pay for fertility testing and/or treatments?
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