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Struggling With Infertility? These Are Your Options

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If you’ve been trying to conceive for over one year (or six months if you’re over thirty five) you might be wondering what your options are. While most people will be able to have their own baby eventually, it’s a tough thing to go through. It helps to know what your options are and where you stand, read on to find out more.

Start tracking your cycles

This is something you can do at home, before speaking to a doctor and even before you plan on trying for a baby. Being in the know about your cycle can be so helpful, it can help you to work out the length, if you’re ovulating and therefore when your most fertile days are. It enables you to find out if your body is likely to be working the way it should, if not, you have information to take with you to the doctor and help them find the cause of the problems more quickly. One of the most effective methods is body basal temperature tracking, a small rise in temperature which is sustained over a number of days can confirm whether or not you have ovulated. Do some research into this and start keeping a record.

Fertility medications

If you discover that you’re not ovulating it can be a bit of a worry, however, there are some simple things you can do to help. The first is lifestyle changes, getting close to your ideal bmi gives you the best chance and eating healthily and exercise can all help to regulate hormones and get you ovulating again. If that doesn’t work, often medication can help and for many women this is as far as they need to go.

IVF

If you’re still struggling to conceive after this, the next step is likely to be IVF. Depending on where you live and whether or not you already have children, you may be eligible to have the costs covered. Otherwise it can be pricey, so check out the success rates and costs and see if it’s something you want to do.

Surrogacy

There are two kinds of surrogacy options to consider. The first is with a donor egg, usually the surrogates own egg. The other option is to have your own embryo implanted into the donor. If you’re unable to sustain a pregnancy yourself then this is an option. Look into how to find a surrogate if you feel as though this is the right choice for you.

Fostering and adoption

Finally, if you have the love to give to a child but are unable to have one yourself then adoption and fostering are always options too. You still get the experience of parenting while providing a child a loving home that they desperately need. Fostering and adopting can give you some of the more rewarding experiences of your life and it can be mutually beneficial for both you and the child. It can be a difficult decision and many couples put off adopting as they can feel as though it’s ‘giving up’ on the idea of their own baby. But for the right kind of people it could be an amazing decision.

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