Basic Fertility Treatment
Many of CCRM’s patients are helped through basic infertility treatments. If you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving, then you may want to consider learning more about infertility treatment such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is often referred to as “artificial insemination.” In addition to IUI, there are other methods that have allowed couples to enjoy the joy of pregnancy and childbirth after months, even years, of failed attempts to get pregnant.
Here is a brief overview of some of the most common basic fertility treatments:
NATURAL CYCLE MONITORING
In some cases patients do not become pregnant because of difficulties related to ovulation timing. CCRM monitors these patients to determine when ovulation occurs, for timed intercourse or assists the patient by performing Intrauterine Insemination (see below). Further treatment may depend upon the results of these tests.
Ovulation induction is one of the most common treatments for many causes of infertility. This process involves the stimulation of a woman’s ovaries through the use of ovulation induction medications or fertility drugs. Ovulation induction is frequently used with intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is the placing of washed sperm in the women’s uterus when she is ovulating. During this procedure, a thin catheter is passed through the cervix into the uterus. IUI is especially useful when sperm has had difficulty reaching the egg(s). It is frequently used for the treatment of mild to moderate male factor problems such as poor sperm function, and is often used in conjunction with ovulation induction.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY (LAPAROSCOPY OR HYSTEROSCOPY)
Laparoscopy is performed to examine the abdominal wall or the female pelvic organs. Laparoscopy is used to diagnose problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids or infection. It is also used to confirm endometriosis, a condition in which cells that look and act like the cells of the lining of the uterus (endometrium), are found in other parts of the abdominal cavity.
Hysteroscopy is performed to inspect the inside of the uterus for fibroids, polyps, scarring and abnormal shape. During this procedure, a thin scope is inserted into your vagina and moved gently to the cervix and then into the uterus. The hysteroscope has a light and a camera at the end so the endometrium can be seen clearly on a monitor. During this procedure, a small sample of your tissue may be taken to perform a biopsy.