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9.2 Treating Female Factor Infertility




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This article is from the Infertility FAQ, by Rebecca Smith Waddell bec@fertilityplus.org with numerous contributions by others.

9.2 Treating Female Factor Infertility

Anovulation, irregular ovulation, and weak ovulation: All are treated
with clomiphene citrate, menotropins (Pergonal, Humegon), and
urofollitropins (Metrodin, Fertinex) to enhance follicle
production. Some women also treat this problem with accupuncture or
herbs. Check
http://www.healthy.net/clinic/therapy/chinmed/specifics/fertility.htm
for more information.

Endometriosis: Some can be removed with laser during laparoscopy. Also
treated with Danazol, Lupron or birth control pills.

Polycystic ovaries (PCO): Can be treated by using superovulation
drugs, steroids, and ovarian surgeries mentioned below. Current
studies are looking into the use of GnRH.

Immune problems: Some autoimmune problems are treated with low-dose
aspirin and Heparin. Alloimmune problems are treated with paternal
white blood cell immunization and IVIg. See http://www.inciid.org for
more information.

Adhesions and scarring: Treated with laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for
laser removal of scar tissue.

Infectious: STDs and PID are treated with antibiotics when
possible. May also require surgery for adhesions and scarring.

Recurrent miscarriage/pregnancy loss: If a cause can be found, it
usually lies within one of the above-mentioned fertility problems,
such as an immune problem or infectious disease. See
http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/miscarriage/rpl.html for testing
information.



 

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