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Options for Infertility

Infertility doesn’t have to bring your journey to parenthood to an end. Hopeful parents who experience infertility can grow their families thanks to medical advances.

Contact a surrogacy professional today if you’re ready to discuss how surrogacy can help you have a baby.

Couples who want to grow their families have five options for infertility treatment and ways to grow their family:

  1. Trying fertility drugs
  2. Considering medical infertility procedures
  3. Finding a sperm, egg, or embryo donor
  4. Growing your family through surrogacy

Continue reading to learn more about the five family-building options for infertility.

1. Trying Fertility Drugs

If you and your partner are unable to get pregnant after having a year of regular, unprotected sex (or six months if you’re 35 or older), your doctor may first try less invasive infertility options like medications.   

A few common fertility drugs physicians prescribe include:

Oral Medication Options for Infertility

A doctor may start with oral medications before moving on to injectable drugs. Common oral fertility medications are:

Injectable Hormone Options for Infertility

There are quite a few injectable medications people can administer at home that can boost fertility. Most of these drugs stimulate ovulation and regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle.

2. Considering Medical Infertility Procedures

If fertility medications alone don’t work for you and your partner, you can still become a parent through infertility medical procedures.

Infertility Options Other Than IVF

Your doctor will likely start with medical infertility options other than IVF. These may include:

Moving on to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

If you and your partner have already tried infertility options other than IVF and have not got pregnant, your doctor will likely suggest trying a round of IVF.

IVF has many steps, which include:

  1. Screening to make sure IVF could work for you
  2. Fertility medications
  3. Pre-gamete-retrieval tests
  4. Sperm and egg cell collection from intended parents or donor gamete use
  5. Fertilization at the fertility clinic
  6. Testing for pregnancy

Other Medical Infertility Options That Enhance IVF

Sometimes, a doctor will use the following additional infertility treatment options to increase a couple’s chance of conceiving with IVF.

3. Finding a Sperm, Egg, or Embryo Donor

If your doctor determines that you, your partner, or both of you cannot use your gametes, they may suggest infertility treatment options where you can use donor gametes. Your doctor can direct you to gamete donor clinics where you can choose to work with an anonymous or identified donor/s.

If you or your partner experiences difficulties carrying a pregnancy, you may want to consider surrogacy.

4. Growing Your Family Through Surrogacy

Surrogacy involves you and your partner (intended parents), a surrogate, and, most often, a surrogacy agency.

Surrogacy is a wonderful option for people who are in a:

You can use your and your partner’s gametes or donor gametes during your surrogacy journey. The surrogate you work with is a gestational carrier and not related to your child.

Why You Should Work With a Surrogacy Agency

Although you could choose to carry out your surrogacy on your own, intended parents benefit from working with a surrogacy agency. The following are just a few of the benefits that surrogacy agencies provide:

When choosing a surrogacy agency to work with, keep in mind that national surrogacy agencies often have shorter wait times. For example, we used market research to discover that most surrogacy agencies have an average wait time of 12 to 18 months. But, American Surrogacy’s average wait time for intended parents is only 30 to 90 days from activation to match.

Starting Your Path to Parenthood

There are many options for infertility that you and your partner can consider. Although working through infertility isn’t easy, you will have many infertility options to pursue when you’re ready.

Contact a surrogacy professional today if you are ready to pursue surrogacy to build your family.

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