Fertility Drugs, IUI, IVF, and Other Fertility Treatments
By Rachel Gurevich, About.com Guide
- Clomid Essentials
- Fertility and Other Drug Treatment
- IUI and Artificial Insemination
- IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
- Side Effects and Risks
- Coping During Treatments
- Alternative and Non-Medical Treatments
- Lifestyle Changes
- Fertility Treatment Costs
Of all the fertility drugs, Clomid is the most commonly prescribed. There's good reason for that, too. Clomid is successful in achieving ovulation 80% of the time in women with irregular or anovulatory cycles. Before you take Clomid, though, you may have questions. Like will you get pregnant with twins? What are the side effects of Clomid? And what happens if Clomid doesn't work? Get the answers to your questions on Clomid here.
Fertility and Other Drug Treatment
While your doctor is familiar with the drugs she's prescribing you, they're most likely all new to you. What can you expect during drug treatments? What kind of side effects are likely, and what's the success rate of these treatments? What are your chances of getting pregnant with twins -- or more? Find the answers to your questions about drug treatment here.
- Commonly Prescribed Fertility Drugs
- Fertility Drug Risks
- How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection
- How to Give an Intramuscular Injection
- How Does Heparin Help Treat Recurrent Miscarriages?
- Metformin for PCOS
- Treatment for PID-Related Infertility
IUI and Artificial Insemination
IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is typically used in cases of male infertility, or as the next step after Clomid or injectable fertility drugs. "Artificial Insemination" is an older term for IUI, but is still used to refer to some forms of insemination. How is IUI performed? What's the success rate? What are the different kinds of artificial insemination? Learn what you need to know for an IUI treatment cycle here.
- What Happens During Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- The Four Kinds of Artificial Insemination
- What are Your Chances for IUI Success?
- Fertility Drugs Used During IUI
IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Contrary to popular belief, IVF is not a treatment of "last resort". Maybe you've tried fertility drugs and IUI already, or maybe IVF will be your first encounter with fertility treatment. In either case, you probably have questions. Find the answers you need here.
- IVF 101: What Is IVF, When It's Used, What to Expect
- Understanding IVF Step By Step
- IVF Success Rates
- Advanced ART Options for IVF
- Treatment of PID-Related Infertility
- ICSI for IVF: Why and How It's Done
- How Much Does IVF Cost?
- What Does In Vitro Mean?
- What Is Mini-IVF?
- Egg Freezing and Vitrification
- Early Pregnancy After IVF
- Share Your IVF Success or Failure Story
Side Effects and Risks
As with all drugs and medical procedures, fertility treatments come with risks. Before you begin, it's important that you understand what potential side effects can occur. Being informed can help you make smarter choices. In this section, get the facts you need on the side effects and risks that may accompany fertility treatments.
- General Overview of Fertility Drug Risks
- Side Effects of Clomid
- What are the Chances of Having Twins With Clomid?
- Do Fertility Drugs Cause Cancer?
- Symptoms and Treatment of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
- Should You Purposely Get Pregnant With Twins?
Coping During Treatments
Coping with infertility is hard. Really hard. Research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by women with infertility is similar to that of women coping with illnesses like cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. The two-week wait –- the time between ovulation and your expected period –- is especially a time of high anxiety for many couples in the midst of treatments. Find help on coping during the two week wait, and the rest of your treatment cycle, here.
- 10 Ways to Be Happier When TTC
- Two Week Wait Survival Tips
- Before You Take a Pregnancy Test
- Coping with Getting Your Period
- Reasons to See a Fertility Counselor
- Coping with the Sadness of Infertility
- Checklist: Could You Be Depressed?
- Should You Tell Other People About Your Infertility?
- Reader Stories: Deciding to Stop Treatments
- About.com’s Fertility Support Forums
Alternative and Non-Medical Treatments
Treating fertility doesn't have to solely involve drugs, surgeries, or assisted reproductive technologies. Studies have shown that acupuncture, lowering stress, and even changing your diet may improve your chances of conventional treatments working. If you're looking for alternatives to infertility medications, or looking to complement your medical infertility treatments, this is the place to learn more.
- 8 Bad Habits to Break to Improve Fertility
- Mind-Body Therapies for Fertility
- 10 Tips to Increase Your Fertility (For Men)
- The Research on Infertility and Acupuncture
- Can a PCOS Diet Help You Get Pregnant?
- What to Expect During Acupuncture Fertility Treatments
- Find a Fertility Acupuncturist
- Book Review: “Fully Fertile: A Holistic 12-Week Plan for Optimal Fertility"
- Review: "Help with Fertility" Guided Imagery Program
You may be able to improve your fertility by making lifestyle changes. Do you exercise a bit too much? This can be hinder your fertility, and cutting back may help. Do you or your partner smoke? Dropping the habit will improve your chances of getting pregnant. Learn more about lifestyle changes you can make that that may improve your fertility, plus increase the chances of fertility treatments working.
- 10 Tips to Increase Your Fertility (For Men)
- 8 Habits to Break to Improve Your Fertility
- Could You Be Exercising Too Much?
- Does Caffeine Affect Fertility?
- Could Just Being Overweight Make Getting Pregnant More Difficult?
- Calorie Calculator
- Male Smoking and Fertility
- Female Smoking and Fertility
- How May Stress Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant?
Fertility Treatment Costs
Paying for fertility treatments can wreck havoc on your budget. How can you afford the treatments you need? Does insurance ever help pay? What are your options? Find the answers to these questions and more, in this section on affording the costs of infertility treatment.