Are There Alternatives To IVF?

As many as 1 in 6 Indian couples will have difficulties conceiving when they decide to start or extend their family. Pregnancy delay is still a relatively ‘silent’ topic, especially in India, with many couples preferring not to openly discuss their difficulties when trying for a baby. As a result, there is still a lack of knowledge in this area, with many couples maintaining an unrealistic concern that seeing a fertility specialist or IVF doctors will automatically result in them having to go down the IVF route. It should be reassuring to know that there are many effective alternatives to IVF, if you do decide to seek help from a fertility doctor.

The Alternatives
Fertility doctors are expert gynaecologists and obstetricians who specialise in fertility. They assess your full medical history and unless there is a good reason for moving straight to IVF, most fertility specialists will recommend a less invasive form of fertility treatment first. For women that don’t ovulate regularly or at all, for example those suffering from PCOS, Ovulation Induction can sometimes be enough to help them fall pregnant and only involves oral medication and an ultrasound scan.
The next, most common alternative, which can be effective and for those where regular ovulation is not the issue, is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI treatment). This is also commonly referred to as artificial insemination and involves placing the male partner’s sperm inside the woman’s uterus. This is a quite affordable procedure, and is performed in a doctor’s rooms or a fertility clinic, and is a similar feeling to undergoing a pap smear.
If a medical condition, such as endometriosis, is thought to be the cause for the pregnancy delay, keyhole surgery may be discussed as an option to rectify the issue. Many women successfully achieve a pregnancy post-surgery without further intervention.