Most women usually get pregnant by finding a suitable partner they're in love with. They have intercourse and hope for their pregnancy test to come out positive. But, for a lot of women out there, things are not as simple.
Some of them find it hard to get pregnant for various reasons; some because of medial issues like infertility, some couples are gay and it's physically impossible for them to conceive, and some women have simply given up on finding partners and feel that they are better off on their own.
No matter what your case may be, have no fear, because there are a lot of alternative ways you can get pregnant. Still, none of these guarantee that you will, as there are some people out there who cannot have children, no matter how hard they try.
Intrauterine Insemination is a procedure also known as IUI. It can also be referred to as artificial insemination. However, this is a procedure that's far from artificial and, for most people, it's the one and only alternative for conceiving a child. There are a lot of women out there that choose this option above all others for various reasons.
Women that have partners who are not fertile go to sperm banks that help them find sperm donors that match their spouse’s specifications. Once they find a suitable donor, the chosen sperm is transported to a fertility clinic, and this is where women undergo insemination during or before their ovulation period. Women whose partners are sub-fertile can use their partner's sperm in the procedure.
However, the sperm must first be concentrated in the fertility clinic so that its potency is increased for better chances of conceiving. Women who are also sub-fertile can take fertility medication so that their ovaries can produce better quality and more eggs before they undergo the IUI procedure.
In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a procedure mostly used by couples who are struggling to conceive, and who are already tired of trying out other options. Usually, you will have to go to a reproductive endocrinologist or to an infertility specialist to get this kind of procedure. The procedure takes place in a sterile room.
Your specialist will give you medications which may cause side effects and carry certain risks. Faintness and nausea are some of the most common side effects that may be caused by this kind of egg production stimulation. After that, your specialist will insert a small needle in your pelvic cavity to gather eggs and combine them in a lab with sperm. Once these two make an embryo, the specialist will take it and put it back into your uterus using a catheter.
Although most women claim that this kind of procedure is painless, there are some who have experienced mild cramps after the procedure.
This is a procedure that is not typical to health-care providers. But, there are a lot of people that do it, as it can give results, and people can get a little impatient when they've had trouble conceiving for a while. The people who choose this method are usually lesbian couples. To do it, you will have to get sperm from a sperm bank or from a reliable donor and "implant" it using a turkey baster.
It may sound awkward, but it's really not. People who have tried this method say that it's not painful at all, although you might try using a sperm-friendly lube for maximum comfort. There is no recovery time, and it's recommended that you lie in a pelvic tilt for some time (10 to 15 minutes) so that you maximize your chances.
Women who don't produce eggs anymore can use donor eggs programs to get pregnant. Another woman goes to an IVF and donates eggs for infertile women. After this is done, the embryos are inserted into the infertile woman after she has previously taken the necessary medication to prepare her uterus for the procedure. Both the donor sperm and the donor eggs can be used for this procedure.
If you are having problems getting pregnant, I suggest trying some of these options. Bear in mind that there is much more to it. Consult your doctor to see what option suits you best.