Treatment Option Shortens Path to Pregnancy

By Ashley | February 24, 2010
Treatment To Get Pregnant

Pregnancy is the consequence of the fusion of male and female hormones, which in turn is the result of mating of individuals of the opposite sex. As such, pregnancy is a natural biological phenomenon.

However, there are couples who are not able to conceive naturally. The reasons for not being able to achieve a natural pregnancy are:

  • Abnormality in the sexual organs of either of the partners is one of the causes why couples opt for artificial insemination.
  • Lack of sex hormones like the gonad stimulating hormones referred to as gonadotropins, estrogen, and progesterone in females and testosterone in males is one of the prime causes of infertility in couples.
  • Incorrect process of mating may also be one of the reasons for not being able to conceive naturally.Therefore, the couples are recommended to follow a medical fertility treatment. The treatment for fertility is of the following two types:
  • A gonadotropin-stimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment in which the sperms are injected in the cervix of the female and the gonads are stimulated artificially by ganodotropins.
  • A clomiphene citrate-stimulated intrauterine insemination treatment in which the male and female gametes, that is, the sperms and the ovum are infused in an artificial environment in a petri dish and the zygote is implanted in the uterus of the female.

In IUI or the gonadotropin-stimulated intrauterine insemination treatment, the first stage is the intrauterine insemination to stimulate the cell division and growth of the female gamete called the ovum (this process is called ovulation). The next stage comprises three series of gonadotropin-stimulated IUI cycles, and then the six series of in vitro fertilization. On the contrary, in the clomiphene citrate-stimulated intrauterine insemination treatment, the gonadotropin-stimulated stage is omitted. This may be attributed to the fact that in this treatment option, the fertilization of the male and female gametes is carried out in an external environment, thereby negating the need to stimulate the gonads.

The results of an authentic research by a division of the Harvard Medical Association clearly indicate that the route to pregnancy is shortened to 8 months by the clomiphene citrate-stimulated intrauterine insemination, compared to 11 months by the gonadotropin-stimulated intrauterine insemination.

The shortened path to pregnancy is increasingly gaining popularity on account of the decreased time and effort in the process of artificial fertilization. However, it must be kept in mind that when you prepare for clomiphene citrate-stimulated intrauterine insemination treatment, you must do adequate research on the topic and consult skilled specialists for the process. Lack of expertise and care and the hurry to shorten the path to pregnancy may lead to adverse and hazardous results.

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