When Conceiving Naturally Isn’t Possible: Learning Your Options
Being told that you and/or your partner are unable to naturally conceive a child can be a devastating blow. The dreams you may have had about having a family of your own, seem at the time, to be nothing more than something that will never come true. Though it may feel like having a child is impossible, there are several other options couples can try to get their wish. Reviewing each of these options and determining which is best for you is recommended.
If the problem isn’t severe, your doctor may be able to prescribe infertility medication to help you try and conceive naturally. Drugs like clomid, are often prescribed to women who have low egg counts. The medication increases the production of eggs in the ovaries. If this doesn’t work, there are other injectable hormones that may be provided to help with the quantity or quality of egg or sperm production for men and/or women.
If medication doesn’t work or isn’t something you’re interested in trying, there’s also the option to undergo infertility procedures known as In Vitro fertilization IVF or intrauterine insemination IUI. In both procedures, the woman is given hormones to increase egg production. In IUI, the semen is collected and injected into the uterus at the time of ovulation to improve chances of fertilization and implantation.
With IVF, however, the egg is removed from the female and the collected semen is placed with the egg to create embryos outside of the womb. The embryos are then placed back into the womb for a hopeful successful pregnancy. If the man and/or woman in a relationship are unable to conceive a surrogate or sperm donor can be used to complete the process.
For those who don’t want to go through the sometimes costly, and emotional process of infertility treatment, adoption is another option. They can find a local agency to work with to find a child in need of care. You can click here to learn more about the full adoption process, however, in a nutshell, potential parents are required to undergo a series of background checks to ensure they’re fit. Then, they are paired with a child or expectant mother of their choosing and the process begins. Baring in mind that there are emotional, financial, and lifestyle factors that need to be considered before adopting, it can be a very meaningful way to create your family.
If adoption isn’t something you’re sure you’re ready for, perhaps fostering a child would suffice. You would essentially be agreeing to open your home to children who aren’t able to be with their biological parents for a multitude of reasons. The placement is generally temporary, but can give you the chance to experience what it’s like to love and raise another human being, and also gives the child a chance to live in a loving environment.
Being diagnosed as infertile is rough, but it doesn’t mean the end of your desires to be a parent. There are lots of couples who have undergone infertility treatments and successfully conceived a child of their own. There are also lots of individuals and couples who have fostered or adopted a child who needed the kind of love, affection, and support they had to give. Each of these options has their ups and downs, so be sure to review them carefully and determine which would be the best for you.