We encourage you to explore all available fertility treatment options, including a less aggressive option called mild/minimal-stimulation ovulation induction. It combines oral fertility drugs and low-dose injectable hormones. This approach reduces both the cost and the risk of multiple pregnancies compared to using injectable hormones alone.
Oral and injectable medications are used to stimulate ovulation. Fertility drugs may be used alone or in combination with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Your doctor will recommend the combination of fertility drugs and other treatments that's right for you. Our fertility nurses will teach you how to use these drugs effectively.
After semen is carefully washed to remove irritating substances, concentrated sperm is inserted directly into your uterus in a process called intrauterine insemination (IUI). IUI has been found to improve fertility in men with low sperm counts, and in women with unexplained infertility, even if the sperm count is normal.
Washed sperm is placed directly on the eggs to achieve fertilization. If sperm problems are suspected, your doctor may recommend intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ISCI), where a single sperm is injected into each egg.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Injectable hormones stimulate the maturation of several eggs, which are retrieved through the vagina using a long needle. To avoid discomfort, an anesthesiologist provides monitoring and intravenous sedation.
Embryos are transferred into the uterus through a catheter using ultrasound guidance three to five days after fertilization.
Frozen Embryo Transfer
Embryos that have been frozen during previous IVF cycles may be thawed and transferred into the uterus during a subsequent cycle. Estrogen patches and vaginal progesterone help optimize the uterine lining and timing of the transfer to maximize the chances for the embryo to implant and develop into a pregnancy.
Tubal Ligation Reversal
Women who have had their “tubes tied” can often regain fertility by having them surgically reconnected. This outpatient surgery is performed microscopically through a very small abdominal incision.