You’ve had it with the questions from nosy relatives eager to know when you and your partner were going to start a family. Each month, your hopes of a burgeoning pregnancy get dashed and you are so tired of hearing well-meaning friends entreat you to, “Just relax and it will happen!”
The problem is that pregnancy is just not happening for the two of you. You’ve been trying to conceive naturally for so long and have gotten really frustrated. Your relationship with your partner has even started to suffer as a result of your infertility issues. Is there any help out there for the two of you?
There Is Indeed Good News
There are good reasons to remain hopeful while you are trying to conceive. After all, you live in an era where there are many options available to couples struggling with infertility issues. Just a generation ago, infertile couples were being encouraged to turn to adoption to begin their families. Now, you have all sorts of assisted reproductive technology (ART) options to try, like the following:
Genetic counselors work with couples whose medical histories may complicate their situations when they are trying to conceive. Both PGT-A (preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies) and PGT-M (preimplantation genetic testing for monogenic diseases) can be useful when doctors assist couples with infertility issues.
According to Dr. John Zhang, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New Hope Fertility Center in New York City, using preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)
can “increase the success rates of pregnancy by as much as 30 percent.” For many childless couples, It can be the answer to their infertility dilemmas.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
There are all sorts of IVF technologies that infertile couples might want to use when trying to conceive. There’s even a MINI IVF protocol that requires fewer injections and less medicine and can even be administered by you or your partner in the privacy of your own home.
Preserving Fertility with Egg Harvesting and Freezing
Maybe you’re not even trying to conceive right now but know that one day, you very much want to start a family. Harvesting and freezing your eggs now will extend the window for motherhood for you until the time is indeed right to start your family.
Donor and Surrogacy Options
Same-sex couples who wish to welcome a baby into their union frequently explore sperm and egg donor options or may need a surrogate to carry their embryos to term. So may mothers-to-be who, for whatever reasons, are unable to sustain healthy pregnancies.
You Don’t Have to Suffer Infertility Silently
When you are trying to conceive, it can seem as if the entire world is populated by happily fertile couples and their offspring. But you no longer have to passively accept infertility issues. Be proactive and reach out to an infertility specialist who can help you overcome your obstacles and allow you to conceive and carry your biological child to term.