Fertility Treatments and Information
Below are some of the
most common Fertility Treatments (click
on each title for more detailed information and links
to stories about that topic):
- Intrauterine Insemination.
Sperm that has been put through a centrifuge is injected
into the woman's uterus using a catheter. IUI
is relatively painless for most women and is
done as an outpatient procedure. IUI is the same procedure
used for Donor
Insemination. IUI is also referred to as AI
(artificial insemination) or AIH
(artificial insemination - husband) and AID
(artificial insemination -
- In Vitro Fertilization.
Aspirated ova are mixed with sperm in a petri dish.
IVF can be combined with ICSI
(see below), with egg
donation and with sperm
donation. Embryos created with IVF can
also be used in embryo adoption.
with ICSI - Intracytoplasmic
sperm insertion. A more sophisticated version of
IVF frequently used with severe male factor
infertility. A single sperm is injected directly
into the egg. When obtaining sperm is very difficult,
surgical sperm extraction methods such as MESA
and TESE may be used.
- FET - Frozen
embryo transfer. Embryos that were not transferred
during the original IVF cycle can be thawed for future
cycles. FET eliminates the need to
start the ovarian stimulation cycle
from the beginning, thus saving the woman a significant
- There are two main types of surrogacy.
- when the surrogate mother carries a baby who has no
biological connection to her and Traditional
Surrogacy - when the surrogate mother is
the biological mother of the baby. In traditional surrogacy,
generally IUI is used for conception.
Infertility & Donor
Insemination - Useful information about understanding
the results of a semen
analysis; treatment methods and personal
experiences written by women and men and by children
conceived using donor sperm. Links
to additional information and resources.
Egg - When a woman's own eggs cannot be used, possibly
because of premature menopause.
This process is always combined with IVF
and may also be combined with surrogacy.
freezing or oocyte
cryopreservation- A new method for prolonging a
Children conceived with the help
of donor sperm & donor eggs - resources
PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian
Syndrome - One of the leading causes of infertility
in women. General information about PCOS
and personal success stories.
is one of the options available to women who had a tubal
ligation at some point and have now decided that they
want to try to conceive.
I pregnant? Information for women who can't wait
to find out.
Aspects of Infertility - Our Articles
with Infertility - by Rachel Inbar
Your Marriage Together During Infertility - by Dr.
and the Holidays Simultaneously - clever tips to
help you out.