From hopeless to motherhood.
My struggle trying to build a family.
Why do you need to know about fertility options?
After I have to face with the news that I can’t have children, I just gave up. I was in a wonderful marriage and my whole image with us being a happy family vanished in a second. Naturally, I fell into depression and I fell hard. I didn’t want to hear about alternative options.
Lucky for me, my husband Mark couldn’t stand seeing me like that. Thus, he devoted his time to research and find a solution. I was mad at him thinking that he is a week since he is not being able to deal and accept the fact that we are not going to have children ever. I actually thought of divorcing him because the research about alternative options took some much time and effort which affected our marriage in a bad way. I was saying to myself that not only I am not able to be a mother, I wont be able to be a wife either. I was sure that infertility will destroy our marriage as well. Truth to be told, this was the worst period of my life.
Now, I can’t thank him enough to for not giving up back then. Now, I sometimes look at him and our two wonderful kids having a lunch and he trying to get Lucy to eat soup and I am overwhelmed with gratitude because he didn’t give up on us having a family.
That being said, I want to give you the support I’ve got from my husband and present you all fertility options out there so you can start your journey from being hopeless infertile to have family. For each option I will give you my opinion but if this is not enough for you to make the decision you can always contact me, and we will find a solution.
This one is usually the first choice because they are affordable and easy to use. However, there are a lot of negative side effects for each pill. This option is recommended for women who don’t ovulate regularly or who have partners with very poor sperm quality.
If you go with artificial insemination your uterus will be injected directly with specially prepared sperm. This is the most commonly fertility method. If you choose this method, there is two the most important thing to keep in mind: the quality of sperm and injection. In other words, every clinic offers this fertility method, but you have to be aware of the technology they use so you are sure that success rate is the highest.
This is the case where the sperm from a man other than the intended father is used during IUI or IVF. I recommend this method in case of couples experiencing male-factor infertility, men carrying genetic disorders they don’t want to pass on to their children, single women, or lesbian couples. This method is a little bit off the topic but if anyone needs it, I felt responsible to listed.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In this case, your eggs are extracted and fertilized with sperm in a lab. Once embryos develop, one or two are implanted in your uterus and the rest are stored. This method is highly invasive but also, it gives a couples with serious fertility problems can become parents. When it comes to IVF, maybe the costs are the most important factor to consider. There are countries that are known to provide this treatment at low cost and with great success rate like Cyprus, UK and Ukraine.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
An embryologist selects a healthy-looking, single sperm from the male’s semen and injects it directly into the egg with a microscopic needle. Once an embryo develops it’s transferred into the uterus through IVF. This option is the best for couples in which the man has a very low sperm count or poor sperm quality.
I would recommend this fertility treatment to all women whose ovaries are damaged or prematurely failing, or who have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation. Also, for the older women with poor egg quality and women who carry genetic disorders that they don’t want to pass along. The procedure is expensive and in short it goes like this: eggs are obtained from the ovaries of another woman (usually younger) and fertilized by sperm from the recipient’s partner.
Again, check out the clinics in the countries that in general have the cheapest fertility treatments, including this one (United Kingdom, Ukraine and Cyprus).
Well, I became mother thanks to the surrogacy. Thus, I read in detail about my experience at. There are a lot of challenges if you choose this method, but the reward is priceless. In order not to get of the topic where I want to list all fertility options, in this place I will brief you about surrogacy.
The procedure is pretty simple, and it goes like this: The surrogate carries a baby for another woman. The surrogate becomes pregnant by artificial insemination, using the father’s sperm or through IVF with the couple’s embryo. Donor eggs and sperm may also be used.
The most important factors that you should consider is state surrogacy laws and legal contracts, as well as the costs. I will cover every single aspect of this option since I went through it and I want to show you every step of this path.
This fertility treatment is for couples in which both woman and man are infertile but want to be pregnant. Basically, embryos are donated by couples undergoing IVF who become pregnant and no longer need unused fertilized eggs.
Considering surgery as way to start a family is the hardest to explain in couple of sentences since this choice varies a lot on the health issues you are experiencing. So, feel free to contact me, maybe I can help or recommend someone who is more suitable to give you advices on your specific health condition.
Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)
This treatment provides that fertilization happens in a natural environment since because eggs from the woman are collected, mixed with sperm from the man in a petri dish, and then placed directly inside the fallopian tubes. This is great in the situation where woman has at least one functioning fallopian tube and/or the man has a low sperm count or sperm with poor motility.
Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT)
Last but not least, in this case the embryo is inserted into the fallopian tube, not the uterus as in the case of IVF.
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