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Transcript:Infertility Treatments

 

Hi, I’m Dr. Ingrid Rodi and I am a specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility with RodiMD.com.  Today I am talking to you on behalf of About.com about Infertility Treatments.

Types of Infertility Treatments

The kind of infertility treatment that a specialist will recommend depends on the reason for the infertility. These treatments can be grouped as follows: Medical treatments: There are a number of conditions that cause infertility that can be treated with medications.

Medications for Infertility

These medications include medications that: 1) Induce ovulation: Clomiphene citrate and gonadotropins, are examples of these. 2) Treat endometriosis: women who have endometriosis are sometimes given medications to treat the condition, prior to attempting pregnancy. An example of that kind of medication is Luprolide Acetate, also known as Lupron.

Surgical Treatments for Infertility

Some conditions which contribute to infertility require a surgical treatment. Examples of these conditions are endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine malformations, and ovarian cysts. In many cases, the procedures can be performed laparoscopically or with the assistance of a surgical robot.

Advanced Reproductive Technologies

These procedures include In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT).These procedures require the administration of fertility medications during the first part of the cycle. The development of the follicle is monitored with ultrasound examinations and blood tests. Once the eggs are mature, the woman undergoes removal of the eggs in a procedure known as egg retrieval. This procedure is done under a light anesthetic. The eggs are then handed off to the embryologist who fertilizes them and observes the development of the embryos. After 3 to six days, the embryo is transferred back into the woman. In addition to these procedures, some patients will require the use of donated sperm, donated eggs, donated embryos, and a surrogate.

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