Taking Charge Of Fertility: Steps Taken To Help You Have A Baby

Posted on: 22 November 2014

When you are struggling to have a child, it might be time to talk with your doctor about your fertility history, medical history and whether it might be a good idea to use IVF medications to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

Birth Control Pills

Prior to using IVF medications, your doctor may have you go on birth control pills. This may not make sense since you are trying to get pregnant. However, by going on IVF medication and birth control, you can reduce your risk of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome.

This is a condition that usually has mild symptoms. However, there are some cases in which it can become life-threatening. Fertility treatments designed to help you get pregnant can cause your ovaries to become enlarged, which is normal. However, ovaries that are enlarged too much can leak fluids in the chest and belly area.

Ovarian Cysts

You will also reduce your risk of ovarian cysts. These are fluid-filled sacs that develop in the ovaries. Certain ovarian cysts can lead to fertility problems. Endometriomas is tissue that normally would grow inside your uterus, but that instead grows on the outside of the uterus. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is when you have several cysts on your ovaries and these can contribute to fertility. Other types of cysts usually do not affect fertility unless they are sizable.

The birth control pills also give you an increased chance of success in the IVF treatment by giving the physician more control over the process. The physician will have more control over when he or she will be able to use the treatment.

Your Period and IVF

Another option is to begin the treatment based on your own ovulation. Either the doctor will ask you to tell him or her when you detect ovulation or the doctor will use progesterone to bring on your period. You may need to take a GnRH agonist prior to this to prepare your body.

Medications That Are Used for Fertility

There are several medications that are used to increase the chances of you becoming pregnant. Antagonists assist in preventing you from ovulating prematurely. HCG induces eggs to mature so that they can be retrieved. GnRH Agonists allow the body to create a larger number of quality eggs before you begin the treatment.

Doxycycline helps reduce the low levels of bacteria found in the semen of partners who are unable to get their partners pregnant. These medications will work on some women and not others, so you will need to consult with your doctor so that you can achieve your goal of a pregnancy.