To an infertile couple, nothing matters more than having a happy, bouncing baby by their side. But infertility is a big hurdle and the root cause of not being fertile must first be identified. If you can't figure out what's wrong, then how can you seek the right treatment? So determining the cause of the problem is the first thing to do.
Having determined the cause of their infertility problems, many couples opt for IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). IVF is getting more popular by the day but is this the best option for you? Is it always effective for problems of infertility? Not really. IVF is costly and have lots of negative side effects for the woman.
Luckily, there are several non-invasive and cheap alternatives to IVF treatments that may produce the result that you so desire. For example, ovarian stimulation, timed intercourse and artificial insemination are viable options.
Infertility can be caused by many factors so it is important to get the right treatment for the right cause. Alternative treatments to IVF can be considered as long as they help the couple to conceive.
You and your partner must make a decision whether or not to go for IVF. If you decide not to go for IVF, there are a number of other options that you may choose as an alternative treatment or solution to having a child :-
1. Child Adoption.
Adopting a child is also getting fashionable these days, thanks to movie stars who are adopting children from all over the world.
Just as in IVF, adopting a child also has its own set of problems. There are many issues and answers that you will have to resolve when trying to adopt a child but thankfully none of these will affect your health directly. When adopting a child, you must seek guidance to help you prepare yourself mentally for the onerous task of raising someone else's kid.
There are issues involved in child adoption but none that you cannot handle. However, if the idea of adoption doesn't appeal to you, then you may consider fostering a child instead. Fostering occurs when the parents of a child cannot presently support their offspring. This could be a good short-term commitment for you.
2. Gamete Interfallopian Transfer (GIFT)
GIFT is a cheap alternative to IVF treatment that you can try. This procedure is a similar to IVF in terms of fertilization of the eggs but note that the eggs are transplanted back into fallopian tubes and not into the uterus as in IVF. GIFT makes conception more natural but it may not be suitable for all couples due to different medical conditions.
3. ZIFT (Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer)
ZIFT is a method that closely resembles IVF and GIFT. This method can be defined as : "a way of treating infertility by removing eggs from a woman's ovaries, fertilizing them in the laboratory with sperm from her partner or a donor, and inserting one or more of the fertilized eggs into one of her fallopian tubes"
4. Tubal Embryo Transfer
This procedure is similar to ZIFT and GIFT. It can defined as "a procedure, usually performed via laparoscopy, in which one or more embryos are inserted in the fallopian tubes via a thin catheter a few days following egg retrieval"
Although most people think that IVF is THE preferred choice in assisted fertilization, it doesn't always work for lots of couples. For some couples, In Vitro Fertilization cannot address specific problems. For others, it is not as cost effective as other methods and may have only limited benefits.
So think carefully before deciding to go for IVF. There are always other options you can try which are not as expensive and stressful as In Vitro Fertilization.