Steps to Take When Testing For Infertility and Reproduction
Perhaps the most important thing to do first is to talk to your doctor as early as possible. The sooner you speak to your doctor, the sooner you can start the process of infertility testing and the subsequent tests and procedures. Here are some general steps you can expect with fertility treatments, but keep in mind that each couple’s process may differ depending on their health, budget, and infertility factors.
Screening and Health Tests
After you and your partner have tried for the recommended length of time to conceive spontaneously and have been unsuccessful, your doctor will begin to look for causes of infertility. If you have been seeing a regular OBGYN up to this point, you may wish to request a referral to a Reproductive Endocrinologist (specialist). Some of the tests your doctor will perform include blood tests and hormone tests for both you and your partner. Your general demographics and family history can play a role in infertility as well. Sometimes, even with detailed and complex screening tests, infertility is categorized as unexplained.
The next phase will depend on the results of your screening. For abnormalities in hormones, for example, your doctor may believe that a simple prescription medication can boost your chances of conceiving naturally. Fertility specialists may also try artificial intrauterine inseminations, using either your partner’s sperm or donor sperm.
If none of the options have worked after several months or several different methods, your doctor may suggest IVF (in-vitro fertilization). This is where the doctors and lab techs control the contraception process by extracting eggs and semen samples and fertilizing the eggs in a lab. When fertilization is successful and results in viable embryos, the embryos are transferred into the mother’s uterus, or surrogate mother’s uterus if the biological mother is unable to carry a baby.
Surrogate pregnancy and surrogate parenting are wonderful, miraculous options for couples who may have any variety of infertility causes, including unexplained infertility. If the father’s sperm cannot fertilize the egg, if the mother’s uterus is unable to carry a child, then there is still hope. CSP believes and works to ensure that even couples without hope can have hope again of having a child together. There are many ways to become surrogate parents, including using another’s sperm, another’s eggs, or even using your own eggs and sperm to be carried by a surrogate mother. We are excited to help you realize your dreams.