It happens. Sometimes. If you have been planning for a baby for a long time and have been having unprotected sex for a while now but are still not pregnant, then it’s time to make an appointment with your gynaecologist. You don’t need to immediately head to a fertility clinic. But it is good to meet your doctor to see what’s going on.
There are a number of reasons why you may not be able to get pregnant
- Irregular or no ovulation
- Low sperm count
- Polycystic ovaries
- Blockage of the fallopian tubes
- Your age
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With the advancement in science and technology, however, you have a number of options available if you are not being able to conceive naturally. So don’t despair just yet! You should know that your lifestyle and diet also play an active part in your treatment plan. Your doctor will always advise you to start with theÂ least invasive course of treatment.
What are yourÂ options ?
- Fertility Drugs: These drugs release hormones that induce ovulation to boost egg production and make the uterus more receptive to embryo implantation. Surveys have shown that as many as 50 percent of women ovulate as a result of the shots andÂ get pregnant.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI):Â The sperm is placed in the uterusÂ or in the fallopian tubes to facilitate the fertilisation process. Doctors may recommend that you take fertility drugs in addition to this treatment as it increases the chance of getting pregnant.
- In Vitro Fertilization: This is a multi-step processÂ in which the eggs are extracted and fertilised with sperm in a lab. Once embryos develop, one or two are implanted in your uterus and the rest are stored. This is a costly process and only recommended when all else fails. Not that this is a sure shot way ofÂ getting pregnant either. If you have opted for this method of treatment, it could take a few cycles before you get pregnant, so don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t work the Â first time.
- Surrogacy: The surrogate is a woman who will bear the baby. The surrogate is impregnated using artificial insemination, using the father’s sperm or through IVF with the couple’s embryo. Donor eggs and sperm may also be used. The surrogate is not responsible once she has delivered the baby. This is a very emotionally intense option, so choose wisely.
- Adoption: This non-medical option is gaining popularity among people.Â Some countries have a very long drawn out processÂ and that’sÂ whyÂ childless couplesÂ are actually travelling to other parts of the world to adopt. These children mayÂ not be your own flesh and blood, but they will still be a part of youÂ in every other way. There are way tooÂ many unwanted kids waiting for a family. So if you can find it in your heart, adopt a child and give them a home.
TheÂ most popular IVF clinic in the country are:
Max Heathcare – Delhi
Address: 2 Press Enclave Road, Saket New Delhi – 110017
Dr L.H Hiranandani Hospital – Mumbai
Address: Hill Side Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai Mumbai – 400076
Nova IVI Fertility – Ahmedabad
Address: 108 Swastik Society, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380009
The Apollo Hospitals Center for Assisted Reproduction – Bengaluru
Address: 154/11 Bannerghatta Road, Opp IIM Bengaluru- 560076
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We understand that this is extremely emotional and draining and could lead to very stressful times. Stay positive and keep your mind and body relaxed and healthy. Surround yourself with people whoÂ make you happy andÂ will emotionally support you.
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