How to choose the right fertility treatment?
When it comes to fertility treatments, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The best fertility treatment for you will depend on many factors, including your age, health, and fertility history.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a fertility treatment:
- Your age
If you’re under 35, you may have success with fertility drugs or intrauterine insemination (IUI). If you’re over 35, in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be a better option.
- Your health
Your overall health and specific fertility issues will play a role in choosing the best fertility treatment for you. For example, if you have endometriosis, IVF may be a better option.
- Your fertility history
If you’ve had trouble conceiving in the past, you may want to consider IVF fertility.
- Your preferences
Consider your personal preferences when choosing a fertility treatment. For example, if you want to avoid invasive procedures, you may want to try IUI.
- Your budget
Fertility treatments can be expensive. Consider your budget when choosing a treatment. IVF is typically the most expensive option, while fertility drugs are usually the least expensive.
- Your doctor’s recommendation
Your doctor will likely have a recommendation for the best fertility treatment for you, based on your age, health, and fertility history.
Oral and injectable medications
The first step in fertility treatment is often ovulation induction, where your doctor will prescribe oral or injectable medications to help you ovulate.
These are the most common oral medications:
- Clomiphene citrate (Clomid): This medication is usually taken for five days at the beginning of the cycle. It works by stimulating your ovaries to release an egg.
- Letrozole (Femara): This medication can be taken once daily for five days beginning on the third day of your period. Femara may be used in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or in women who have failed Clomid.
No matter which fertility treatment you choose, remember that success is not guaranteed. The best thing you can do is work with a fertility specialist to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.