Infertility treatments vary on the diagnosis cause. Some treatments are non-invasive, while others can involve surgery.
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Infertility: What are some infertility treatment options? Depends on what our underlying diagnosis is. If we have a couple who we just don't think has been having appropriately timed intercourse, we'll do something as simple as to teach them when they're ovulating, how to figure out when they're ovulating and when they have appropriately timed intercourse. If it's something that's more complicated where they've been having regular intercourse and we found maybe a blockage of the fallopian tubes, then we'll talk about options such as surgical repair of the fallopian tubes verses something fancier such as in vitro fertilization. If they've abnormalities that are structural abnormalities of the uterus, we can do surgeries to repair the uterus and return the uterus back to its normal shape and normal size and if it's male factor infertility, it depends on how severe the male factor infertility is. Mild male factor infertility we can treat with simple things. Severe male factor infertility requires something fancier like in vitro fertilization. It's interesting no matter how sophisticated we are in our field of reproductive endocrinology, one thing we have a hard time doing is increasing the males' sperm count. So if a male has a low sperm count, we have a hard time improving that. But what we can do is work with the female and fancy technologies that allow you to conceive even though your sperm count is low. The good news is that of all people who enter infertility treatment, over 90% will have a baby. The bad news is that only half of all patients with the infertility ever seek treatment. And I know a very few medical conditions in the world which have a greater than 90% success rate which is what we do have.
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