Infertility is one of the major concerns among women these days. A considerable number of women today are unable to conceive despite a number of attempts. This is the reason that most couples now look for alternatives via medical treatments. Needless to say, when such a situation arises, every positive word seems like a clear future promise to have a baby of their own. But at the same time, the couple must keep a close watch on all the available alternative infertility options before putting investing requisite efforts, time and money with any course of action as advised by the expert.
Major causes of infertility
Infertility may be caused due to small issues like pinched nerves, scar tissues, presence of anti-thyroid antibodies, stretched muscles and adhesions which block flow of blood to the respective reproductive organs of male and female. For instance, fallopian tubes being very small can be inflamed easily when they get blocked. As of otherwise, there are genetic issues as well as environment issues which can cause infertility among men and women. Apart from these, major problems with female infertility include uterine problems, endometriosis, ovulation-related issues, age-related factors and previous tubal ligation. However, low production of semen is the only vital cause of infertility in men.
Assessment of infertility
Prevention is definitely better than cure. If a couple is absolutely fit and healthy and have been incessantly trying to conceive but still are unable to do so for more than 12 months, should better get a complete medical check-up done without delay. An expert family doctor’s advise can prove to be effective. There may or may not be serious issues behind not being able to conceive for long. He may suggest minor changes in the lifestyle of the couple or of either partner to enhance the probability of conceiving.
If you are a women and of age above 35 years, you should consult an expert/doctor every six months and properly adhere to the procedural treatment as advised, no matter how long it takes. A regular check-up by a family doctor is the best option. The advantage being, he/she examines the medical history and is able to guide you in a much efficient way. Further, he/she might also suggest some specialized fertility tests for both the partners and the results can be used to find out the best treatment for infertility.
Various treatment options
There are a number of ways in which doctors treat infertile couples. Artificial insemination, medicine, assisted reproductive technology and surgery. Some experienced doctors even combine two or more treatments in exceptional cases. Surgery and drugs are however the most common methods of treating infertility.
Below mentioned are the basis on which doctors decide treatments for infertility.
Specialized test results
How long the couple has not been able to conceive?
Age barriers, if any
Overall health of both the partners
Premature ejaculation in men
Any antibiotic treatment that can be given to cure minor issues
Ensure proper sperm movement in men
A doctor can guide you regarding the pros and cons of the medicines you intake during the course of action. At the same time, he/she familiarizes you with the probable threats and benefits of the same. Now, there are a few problems which can easily be dealt with slight modifications in the lifestyle of the couple. Let’s say a few of them are:
1. A more of vitamin intake and reduction in the intake of alcohol and stimulants like nicotine and caffeine can be the first initiative. Both the partners should ensure proper intake of nutrients in their diet. Clean, fresh and healthy food can help in more than one ways to avoid being a victim of infertility.
2. Second and the most important thing they should do to turn fertile is to set their body to relaxation mode. Too much of stress and load affects fertility in both men and women. The brain and reproductive organs are connected via a direct link. Any changes in the brain can directly affect the ovulation procedure in women and sperm production in men. Stress should hence be reduced to minimum.
3. Another major deciding factor is an individual’s BMI or body mass index. In women, if a body is slightly overweight, it may be a victim of estrogen imbalance causing ovulation problems. As of otherwise, if the fat content in the body is slightly below normal, it may lead to disruption of a woman’s cycle.
Alternative treatments for infertility
Acupuncture has been the most widely used alternative treatment for curing infertility. Very thin needles are carefully inserted into precise acupuncture spots on the body. Very often, experts combine acupuncture with herbs to treat certain specific disorders like elevated follicle stimulating hormone or FSH, unexplained infertility, hyperprolactinemia, repeated pregnancy loss, sperm-DNA-fragmentation in men and luteal phase defect.
Another vital method of improving fertility via reducing stress in men and women is aromatherapy. It regulates the menstrual cycle to maintain a healthy reproductive tract and behaves like an aphrodisiac. Concentrated essential oils are taken out of plant parts like leaves, flowers, seeds and roots and are used to treat patients of infertility. These include lavender, rose, jasmine, basil, balm and geranium. They act as soothing agents and help relieve tension.
Not just infertility but many other health-related ailments have been cured by natural herbs. To be on a safer track, respective couples must ensure a procedural path as advised by an experienced herbalist. There are not many evidences to support herbs and infertility but still a few reports and studies claim to enhance fertility in both men and women. There is lot more to be researched in this field as yet.
Massage reduces strain and improves blood circulation. This helps in treating infertility. A massage specialist easily helps in clearing blocked tubes, breaking up scar tissues, stimulating healing and even increasing flow of blood without putting strain on the heart.