IVF is not always the only route open to couples wishing to conceive.

Your fertility centre diagnoses each patient’s case after a thorough investigation into possible causes and symptoms and the results of these findings could reveal that IVF is not the only procedure to follow.

The fertility drug clomiphene citrate is often prescribed where anovulation is present. The condition, which causes the ovaries to fail to release oocytes (eggs), will mean that ovulation doesn’t occur and an ovulation stimulant is required. Clomiphene is administered orally and can be used for up to six cycles. This can also be a viable option for women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Similarly, ovulation induction through injectable gonadotrophins (fertility hormones) can be very effective, especially when followed up with artificial insemination (intrauterine insemination). Think of the process of follicle stimulation as preparing the ultimate fertile ground for conception to occur and then, through the insemination, helping it all happen through optimal navigation!

Of course, regular sexual intercourse without too much stress and expectation remains important, as does a lifestyle audit to ensure that you are eating well, managing your weight and avoiding stimulants, narcotics and too much sugar. This goes for both men and women as they prepare to get serious about their fertility.