Hello friends, happy new week. Hope everyone is doing great. I see harmattan decided to pay us a visit after a short break. I hope you all are happy about the change in weather. Hey, hope you are aware of the return of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some cities have already gone on lockdown while some are about to. Meanwhile, some of you are still unserious about your safety by not wearing your nose masks, maintaining social distancing and practicing a thorough personal hygiene. Hmmm, my friends, a stitch in time saves nine, be careful. Health is wealth.
Last week, I told you about some of the treatments for infertility in both men and women, which were mostly medication/drug based treatments. This week we will explore the more advanced treatment options/methods. The good thing with infertility is that you have vast options and hopefully one or more of the options will work just fine for couples with infertility problems. But note that no matter the medical condition you may have, a healthy life style usually saves you from serious health conditions, exacerbation of an already bad medical condition, and also saves you some money in the long run. Let’s dive in to the topic of the week.
INTRAUTERINE INSEMINATION (IUI)
This is often referred to as artificial insemination. With this procedure, the woman is usually treated with medicines that stimulate ovulation and then injected with a sperm specially prepared for this purpose.
This procedure is frequently used in the treatment of;
ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ART)
This includes different methods and steps used in the treatment of infertility in men and women. This is usually expensive and takes a lot of time and dedication on the part of both the doctor and the couple. However, it has helped put a smile onmany faces of couples who had lost hope of ever having children. This method also has the tendency of producing multiple births which can be a blessing to some couples, and not so much of a blessing to others. I guess this is where the saying ‘different strokes for different folks’ come into play. This can also be contained using different methods.
ART is often done by removing eggs from the woman’s body, and the eggs are combined or joined with a man’s sperm to produce an embryo(s). The embryo(s) is then put back in the woman’s body.
ART procedures sometimes involve the use of donor eggs and sperms (eggs and sperm from another woman or man who is not the couple treating the fertility problem), previously frozen egg or embryo. This is often done for women cannot produce eggs, have genetic diseases that can be inherited by the baby etc. in this case, the child will not be genetically related to either parents.
The success rate of this method depends on different factors such as;
DIFFERENT METHODS OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY (ART)
DISADVANTAGES OF ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TECHNOLOGY
According to research by the United States of America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ART babies are 2 to 4 times more likely to have certain birth defects such as;
The birth defects may not be due to the technology and may be due to the age of the parents or maybe something else as more research is needed to determine the real causes. However, the risk of ART is relatively low, but couples opting for this method should go for counseling and ask as many questions as they can think of, in order to make the right decisions.
I hope the information I shared for the past two weeks has been able to throw some light on the issue of infertility. Remember, the best thing you can do for yourself is live a healthy live and visit your doctor if you have any health problems. Please do not practice self-medication for any reason, it is unsafe. The information shared here is for educational and information purposes, kindly book an appointment with a fertility specialist if you have fertility problem. Also advise your family and friends whom you know has such problems, to do the needful. Do have a good week. Stay safe.