If your doctor determines you’re not ovulating normally, fertility drugs can help. About half of women who take clomiphene will get pregnant, usually within three cycles, by causing the release of more than one egg at a time.
If you don’t get pregnant after taking clomiphene for six months, your doctor may recommend injections of fertility hormones, of those who ovulate, about half become pregnant. Like clomiphene, injectable hormones increase the chances of becoming pregnant with multiples.
Some women have trouble getting pregnant because scar tissue prevents eggs from traveling down the fallopian tubes. This scarring can be caused by endometriosis, the overgrowth of tissue that lines the uterus, a history of pelvic infections, or previous surgeries. Laparoscopic surgery can remove scar tissue in the reproductive tract and boost the odds of getting pregnant for some women.
In this procedure, the sperm is placed directly into the woman’s uterus while she is ovulating. This reduces the distance the sperm must swim to reach the egg. IUI is often used in combination with drugs that stimulate ovulation.
In an IVF cycle the woman takes fertility injections for a period of time to increase the number of eggs her ovaries produce within that cycle (average 10-12 follicles). Once the eggs are thought to be mature, they are collected and taken to the laboratory. The male partner produces a semen sample and that is processed and mixed with the eggs and allowed to fertilise in the incubator. After three to six days, one or two embryos are placed in the uterus.
In gestational surrogacy, the surrogate (or gestational carrier, or GC) carries a child conceived of the egg and sperm of two other individuals. Specifically, the sperm of the intended father or a sperm donor, as well as the egg from the intended mom or an egg donor are fertilized and transferred, via IVF, into the gestational carrier.
The Donor Egg Bank is essential in treating the most complicated fertility cases, particularly for women struggling with: premature ovarian failure, maternal aging, diminished ovarian reserve, poor egg quality.