Treatments for infertility vary depending on the underlying cause. Treatments include surgery, hormone treatments, insemination of the woman with donor sperm or her partner’s sperm, and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Some people try natural treatments such as herbs, acupuncture and meditation These may improve well-being but are unlikely to improve chance of conception. However, addressing lifestyle factors such as quitting smoking and getting into the healthy weight range can increase the chance of getting pregnant.
Surgery - In cases of endometriosis, uterine fibroids and polyps, or partially blocked Fallopian tubes, surgery may be recommended. In men surgery can be used to reverse a vasectomy.
Hormone treatments - First-hand treatment for women with ovulation disorders is hormone treatment to induce ovulation. This can be a course of tablets or a series of injections. Hormone problems affecting fertility in men are rare but for men with this problem, hormone treatment may be needed.
Insemination – Just before ovulation is expected to occur, a small amount of sperm (from the male partner or a donor) is deposited in the uterus to improve the chance of conception.
ART – Assisted reproductive technology is the term used for procedures that involve retrieval of eggs from the ovaries and includes in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) which is used when there is a male cause of infertility. Download the VARTA brochure What is assisted reproductive treatment (ART)?
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