Basic Infertility Treatment
The basic infertility treatment (BIT) offers patients/couples a simple and affordable infertility treatment options. The goal is for the woman to develop one to four eggs with or without stimulation drugs, ovulation induction, and intrauterine insemination (IUI). All BIT are monitored, requires less medication, and a fewer monitoring appointments.
The types of basic infertility treatments
Timed Intercourse – Is the most basic form of infertility treatment. Timed Intercourse is the process of monitoring your ovarian cycle via ultrasound, and having sex around the time (2-3 days around a positive ovulation indication. Time intercourse is best for treating unexplained infertility or ovulation disorders where the ovulation doesn’t occur normally or regularly. Primarily, patients who are recommended for this will have a normal semen analysis, with proper motility, count, and morphology. That is, there is no male factor infertility factor to consider. Duni Women’s Healthcare and Fertility, our providers will closely monitor your ovarian cycle for the optimal time for intercourse. Sometimes, becoming pregnant simply comes down to the timing. Our fertility monitoring helps identify the optimal window for your naturally occurring fertility.
Medicated Timed Intercourse – With this protocol, our providers will prescribe fertility medication to assist in stimulating the ovaries to produce more eggs (oocytes) than the typical one. Your chances of conception should rise with each extra egg that is produced. Because of this, there is a risk of multiple pregnancies, so you should discuss this option with your fertility doctor at your initial consultation. Typical medications are oral pills like Clomiphene (Clomid) or Letrozole (Femara). Sometimes an injectable fertility medication may be recommended with LH (luteinizing Hormone) or HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin).
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or artificial insemination is a fertility treatment where sperm cells are places directly into the uterus through a catheter (a thin flexible tube) inserted through the vagina. IUI is often prescribed as a first treatment option for unexplained infertility when regular, ovulation-timed sexual intercourse has failed.
IUI is often recommended for women/couples with:
patients using a sperm donation or sperm donor
a patient with cervical mucus
cervical mucus problems, or other issues that may prevent sperm from reaching the uterus
male infertility including, low sperm count or poor motility
irregular period and in conjunction with timed intercourse