Video Transcription: Hello. I'm Dr. Jessica Herzberg. Here at Moreland OB-GYN, we understand the emotional and physical strain infertility has on couples. We offer a variety of fertility services for couples looking to conceive including fertility evaluations, preconception counseling, and fertility education. We also provide several services for treatment for fertility including Intrauterine Insemination or IUI which is done here in our clinic. As always, it's Moreland OB-GYN's goal to lead women to better health.
Overview: Approximately 15% of women are infertile. Women are considered infertile if they have been unable to get pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. The first step is to have an evaluation done by your obstetrician for causes of infertility. The providers at Moreland OB-GYN know how many questions can run through the mind of someone struggling with fertility. Continue reading to learn about IUI and IVF treatment options on our blog.
Your treatment options depend on the cause of infertility. Here is an overview of treatments that are offered.
The two most common medications are Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid) and Letrozole. Both of these medications can be used for 6 cycles before alternate treatment should be considered.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI), or “artificial insemination” as it is commonly called is a procedure where healthy sperm are placed in the uterus at the time of ovulation to increase pregnancy rates. To do this, the sperm is collected, washed with special solutions, and then placed into the uterus through a small tube. This procedure is used when the semen analysis shows abnormalities or to augment ovulation induction to increase pregnancy rates. We now offer IUI at our Waukesha location. Talk to your provider if you have further questions or to see if IUI is an option for you.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a process that is typically managed by a reproductive endocrinologist. The need for IVF depends on the reason for infertility and whether other less invasive procedures have not resulted in pregnancy.
In this procedure, women are given hormones to stimulate the production of many eggs. These eggs are then removed from the ovaries through a needle in the back of the vagina. Sedation is offered for this procedure. After the eggs are retrieved, they are fertilized with your partner’s sperm. The fertilized eggs, known as embryos, are then grown in a lab for up to five days. After this point, one or more embryos are placed into the uterus through the vagina. This is called an embryo transfer.
The risks of IVF include multiple pregnancy (twins or more), ovulation hyperstimulation syndrome related to hormones given, and possible increased risk of birth defects.
The cost of IVF varies on where you seek treatment but typically costs more than $10,000.