Quality Fertility Treatments for Women Over 40

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There are several treatment options for women and couples that are having difficulties getting pregnant. If you are a woman over the age of 40 and having fertility issues, your doctor may recommend one or more of these procedures if fertility drugs alone do not seem effective.

Intrauterine insemination, or artificial insemination as it is typically called, is a common procedure to treat infertility. Another option is assisted reproductive technology (ART). ART is a broad category of treatment plans that include the popular procedure of in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, if your doctor believes that IVF is not the best option, there are more treatments available.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) list three common methods of ART in addition to in vitro fertilization: gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) or tubal embryo transfer, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Gamete intrafallopian transfer involves placing the egg and sperm into the fallopian tube. Fertilization takes place inside the woman's body. According to the HHS, few clinics offer this as an option.

Zygote intrafallopian transfer differs from GIFT in that fertilization takes place outside the body, much like IVF, but the embryo is placed in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. An IVF procedure would place the embryo in the woman's uterus.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection is a procedure where one sperm is injected into the egg. The resulting embryo is then transferred into the woman's body, either in the uterus or fallopian tube. This treatment option is commonly done for couples experiencing major sperm problems. It could be low sperm count, problems with the shape of the sperm, the movement of the sperm, or a combination of the three.

These procedures, including IVF, sometimes involve the use of donor eggs, donor sperm, or frozen embryo. The Office on Women's Health states that a woman or couple may use donor eggs or sperm for several reasons. It could be that the woman may not be able to produce eggs, one or both partners have genetic disease and do not wish to pass it down to the baby. The woman or couple can also opt to use donor embryos. The donated embryo is transferred to the infertile woman's uterus but neither parent will be genetically related to the baby.

Getting pregnant is possible and many women have successfully brought a baby into this world. Keep an open mind and keep yourself as healthy as possible. To learn more about curing infertility in women, please take a moment to read this article and please visit pregnancyover40.tumblr.com for more information. Good luck and don't lose hope.

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