Finney Hospoital & Fertility Center
Fertility Treatment Options
Anovulation is the commonest cause of infertility and the easiest to treat. The treatment is call ovulation induction and the aim is to restore ovulation in the most natural way possible.
It involves the woman taking fertility drugs, either in the form of tablets or injections, to help the ovary produce and release a single egg each month. Injections are only used if there is no response to the milder tablet drugs. The response to the medication is monitored with a series of ultrasound scans in the first half of the cycle (follicle tracking) and a hormone blood test for progesterone 7 days after ovulation
- Intracytoplasmic injection (ICSI) is a special form of IVF in which individual sperm are injected into the egg under microscopic vision.
- This is the treatment advised for couples where the sperm quantity or quality is very poor or when IVF has resulted in failed fertilisation. It is also used when the sperm has been collected through surgical sperm retrieval...
This may be slightly uncomfortable, a mild period pain sensation but otherwise is relatively quick and painless.
There is no need to take time off work or limit usual daily activities following IUI but you should plan for 2 to 4 visits to the ACU during your treatment cycle for scans and the insemination itself. If you do not have a period 2 weeks after insemination, a pregnancy test should be done. This can be a standard home pregnancy test or you may choose to come to the clinic for a blood test. If the test result is positive we can arrange for you to come in for an early pregnancy scan 3 weeks later (you will be 7 weeks pregnant at this stage).
The fertilised eggs are allowed to grow in the laboratory for 2 or 3 days before being replaced in the woman’s uterus (womb). It is the treatment of choice for women with blocked, damaged or absent fallopian tubes but, it is also used when there are moderate sperm abnormalities or the infertility is unexplained. An ovary has a pool of immature eggs.
In a woman’s natural cycle, it is usual to produce one egg each month, which is released from the developing follicle (fluid filled sacs) two weeks before the next period starts. In IVF cycles the aim is to achieve the growth and development of several follicles in order to maximise the chance of collecting several eggs.