These treatments for infertility are surgical procedures that can improve a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Whether these options can help an individual woman to conceive a baby depends on the reasons for her inability to get pregnant. To determine the cause of infertility, women (and men!) must see their doctor and take a few fertility tests.
Here’s what Dr Miriam Stoppard, author of Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today’s Parents, says about surgical procedures to help women get pregnant:
“Microsurgical techniques, involving laparoscopy, have greatly improved doctors’ ability to repair any damage to the fallopian tubes,” she writes. “If you have clomiphene-resistant PCOS your doctors may suggest you have surgery, such as ovarian drilling. In this operation, holes are drilled in the surface of your ovary with diathermy or laser to stimulate ovulation.”
For more information on improving both male and female fertility, read the The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Infertility. And, here are three operations for women who can’t get pregnant, from Dr Stoppard’s book on conception, pregnancy, and birth…
3 Operations That Can Help Women Get Pregnant
Fimbrioplasty. The fimbriae are at the “frond-like ends” of the fallopian tube, and they can fuse together. They then block the fallopian tube and prevent eggs from entering from the ovary. A fimbrioplasty is a microsurgical technique that can open the blocked tubes and allow eggs to go through – and hopefully help the woman get pregnant!
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Tuboplasty. A possible reason for infertility is scarred and narrowed fallopian tubes. A tuboplasty is a surgery that can unblock fallopian tubes – and it’s a fairly simple procedure. “A small balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into the blocked fallopian tube,” writes Dr Stoppard. “The balloon is then inflated to open the damaged tube and create a passage for fertilized eggs to pass through to reach the uterus. The balloon is then deflated and removed.”
If you are coping with female infertility, you might find Acupuncture for Fertility and Your Chances of Pregnancy helpful.
Reversal of sterilization. If female infertility is caused by sterilization, then a reversal can do more than improve fertility…it can help a woman get pregnant. The sterilization operation that severs the sections of the fallopian tubes can be reversed, by rejoining those severed sections. In this case, pregnancy rates can be as high as 92%…though in Conception, Pregnancy & Birth, Dr Stoppard says success rates depend on the skill of the surgeon. She also says that sterilization in which the tubes have been clamped (as opposed to cut) has the highest chance of being successfully reversed. Also, in vitro fertilization may be the best way for women who were sterilized to get pregnant.
If you are considering an operation or surgical procedure to help you get pregnant, I encourage you to talk to different fertility specialists and doctors. Try to get a second and third opinion, to make sure you’re doing the right thing.
If you’re not in your 20s or 30s, read 15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40.