Explore Fertility Treatments Other than IVF



Medications form the backbone of many fertility treatments. Medications we use include clomiphere citrate, progesterone, letrozole, leuprolide, human chorionic gonadotropin, and gonadotropins. Each of these serve a specific purpose and can greatly increase a woman's chances of conception and carrying a child to term.

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Intrauterine insemination is a procedure that can help patients with poor sperm quality or inhospitable cervical mucus conceive. The IUI procedure involves inserting sperm into the uterus using a small catheter. This process allows sperm to reach an egg more easily, without having to migrate through the cervix. Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs, under certain circumstances, recommends this less invasive treatment for patients before undergoing more intensive high tech procedures such as in vitro fertilization.

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Besides intrauterine inseminations (IUIs) and in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are other treatment options for male infertility, depending on the underlying cause and severity. Surgery can occasionally improve physical problems. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, weight loss and avoidance of toxic chemicals or heat can have a positive impact. Various hormone imbalances, such as low testosterone, can be corrected with various medications. Infections can be treated with specific antibiotics. However, more serious Male Factor Infertility problems generally must resort to assisted reproductive technologies including IUI and/or IVF.

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Before utilizing technology and medications, couples trying to become pregnant depend on aligning the mind and body through yoga, acupuncture, meditation, or massage. Active, healthy people who capably manage stress tend to have an easier time conceiving, so it makes practical sense to focus on your overall health when trying to become pregnant. Dr. Jacobs offers many complementary services that may increase your chances of pregnancy and live birth.

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A healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet can increase your chances for fertility. By getting rid of excess fat and increasing lean muscle, female patients can increase their chances of becoming pregnant and successfully carrying a child. Excess fat can lead to hormonal imbalances and abnormal endocrine function. This can negatively affect a patient's ovulation cycle. Weight loss, even as little as 5 to 10 percent, can normalize ovulation in many cases. Weight loss can also help patients bodies' more accepting of important fertility medications.

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A hysteroscopy treats the interior uterine cavity. It involves Dr. Jacobs threading a micro-camera into the cervix to discover and resolve problems such as uterine polyps, fibroids, scarring, or anatomical abnormalities. By addressing these issues, Dr. Jacobs can improve many women's chances of becoming pregnant, and also reduce miscarriage risks.

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