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The Various Kinds of Fertility Help Available

Sep 8, 2008
In China, there is such a population boom that families are only allowed to have one child. Such a concept seems strange to couples in the United States who are free to have as many children as they want. However, some of these couples have found it hard to conceive at all.

For couples who are desperately trying to conceive without any luck, there are various fertility help options available. The different kinds of fertility help are specific to the couple's situation, as well as their financial situation.

The first place that a couple should go for fertility help is to each one's primary care physician. There might be an underlying reason as to why you two are not naturally able to conceive. For example, a man will not know on his on if he has a low sperm count, so that will need to be tested. Also, a woman should be tested to find out her prime days for getting pregnant.

All women have certain days of each month in which they are the most fertile. This is the window of opportunity, so to speak. If, after the fertility days have been calculated and several rounds of trying naturally haven't seemed to help, it is time to move on to the next step.

There might actually be an emotional issue that is preventing the couple from conceiving. When a woman is stressed, it usually throws her body chemistry off, and the result is sometimes missed periods. If the woman is hoping to have a child, it is thus very important that she take time to relax. Many women who have taken time out to relax (it's a great excuse for a vacation!) have found themselves getting pregnant sooner.

Doctors offering fertility help usually do all that they can to get the couple to conceive naturally. When that fails, sometimes medicine or hormone shots will be administered to the couple to stimulate sperm and egg production. If that particular step doesn't work, in-vitro fertilization is generally the next option.

In-vitro fertilization involves taking the man's sperm and the woman's egg, and then merging the two in a lab setting. The fertilized egg is then placed back in the uterus in the hope that it will take. Many couples seem to find success with this option, although it is still considered a controversial procedure. It is important to note that in-vitro fertilization is an expensive procedure as well, so it is extremely important to make sure you have the financial means.

If in-vitro fertilization is not something that works for you, the next step is thinking about getting a surrogate. A surrogate is a woman who will have your fertilized egg implanted into her uterus, and will thus carry the child for you. This is an option that couples sometimes hesitate about choosing, but it works out well if they get along with the surrogate. So, basically, if a couple is having trouble conceiving, they really shouldn't immediately worry, because thanks to the wonders of technology, now there are lots of fertility options.
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