What are my options if I am infertile?

Individuals or couples experiencing fertility issues may wish to seek professional help from healthcare providers, such as a therapist or a psychiatrist in dealing with infertility issues. Such providers can help you realistically manage the situation and provide support even if you are already in treatment.

Once you have completed your fertility check, your doctor will recommend fertility treatment to help increase your chances of becoming pregnant. 

There are numerous ways to assist you with various reproductive concerns today, thanks to technology. The best solutions for you will depend on your unique circumstances and the root of your infertility. Sometimes just one partner needs treatment, and other times both partners will combine different types of therapies.

Hormone and ovulation-supporting medicines are frequently used in fertility treatment, sometimes in conjunction with minor surgical procedures. 

The term “assisted reproductivity technology” (ART) refers to a variety of techniques that can aid in conception. ART encompasses a technique that can facilitate egg fertilisation and aid the implantation of the fertilised egg in the uterine lining.

The most popular fertility procedures are:

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

What is Intrauterine insemination? 

Intrauterine insemination is a type of artificial insemination. The procedure happens at the time of ovulation when healthy sperm is collected and inserted into the uterus.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF)

What is in vitro fertilisation?

IVF is a procedure in which an egg and sperm are combined together outside of the body. IVF involves serval steps such as ovarian stimulation, egg and sperm retrieval, and fertilisation in the lab where the eggs develop into embryos. Once the embryos are ready, the doctor will transfer them to the uterus. After two weeks, a blood sample can be tested to determine if pregnancy is occurring. One cycle of IVF takes about two to four weeks and sometimes more than one cycle is needed.

Cryopreservation (egg freezing)

What is cryopreservation?

Other types of ART include egg or embryo donation, gestational carriers also known as surrogacy, and cryopreservation also known as freezing your eggs, sperm or embryos.

Many same-sex couples and single people who want to become parents use donor sperm, donor eggs and surrogates. If there is a problem with your own sperm cells or eggs, you can also use sperm and/or eggs from a donor.

You can determine which treatments are most effective for your by speaking with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and/or infertility. You can get a referral to a fertility expert from your family doctor or gynaecologist. At humm we have partnered with many fertility providers that help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent. You can secure your treatment now and pay later with regular, interest-free instalments.

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