Fertility and IVF
Fertility is an issue which has been of huge importance to humanity since the beginning of our species. In the distant past fertility – or a lack of it – was often seen as the result of anything from luck to the alignment of the stars. In more recent centuries, the scientific understand of fertility has moved forward in leaps and bounds – but that doesn’t mean all natural methods for increasing fertility should be discarded. Let’s take a look at what a couple can do to achieve greater fertility, both through diet and everyday habits and through advanced technical procedures.
Natural Approaches to Fertility
There are dozens of methods that claim to help a woman become more fertile. These include massage techniques, special diets and the use of particular herbs, and of course supplements.
Beware that this is an industry full of well-meaning vendors whose products don’t really work. They may sincerely believe they work, but in many cases there is no statistical evidence to indicate a particular fertility booster really helps increase the chance of conception.
That said, there are natural methods for becoming more fertile that have been shown to have merit. The Sympto-Thermal method is one such practice which has some scientific backing. This method is based on carefully monitoring changes in the body, such as temperature, so a woman can know when she’s most likely to conceive.
Scientific Approaches to Fertility
There have been many advances in recent decades when it comes to helping couples get pregnant. In the past, infertile couples usually just had to face the fact that they would not be able to have children. These days, procedures like IVF have given otherwise infertile couples new hope.
IVF is a process which works by fertilizing an egg outside the body, and then implanting the embryo into the mother’s uterus.
While methods like IVF have been a blessing for many new parents, they aren’t without risks. The biggest risk with IVF is the possibility of multiple births, and there are conflicting studies which have called into question whether or not IVF contributes to the likelihood of birth defects. That said, many parents stuck in the infertility trap are willing to take what they see as reasonably small risks for the payoff of finally having a child to call their own.
Artificial insemination (also known as intrauterine insemination) is another scientific method which can be useful for couples in which the male is the one with fertility problems, or where a woman wishes to become pregnant on her own (using donated sperm).