Infertility and Fertility Treatments

An unfulfilled desire to have children and any subsequent, but not always immediately successful, treatment frequently causes women to reach the limits of their psychological resilience. The reasons for unwanted childlessness are often complex. Organic causes, hormonal disorders and even psychological conflicts may be responsible for this. The causes should not be sought in the woman alone. In up to 30-50% of cases, the possible causes are distributed equally between the man and the woman. In around 10-25% of cases, the causes are found in both partners.

The unfulfilled desire to have children is therefore a problem that affects both partners equally. Both partners should therefore be involved when seeking possible causes and also when treating childlessness. The chosen form of treatment depends on the causes of childlessness in each case.

Some cases may only require hormone levels to be corrected (e.g. thyroid hormones). A disorder affecting egg maturation can be treated using hormonal stimulation. Fertilisation can then take place in the natural way. If the quantity and mobility of the sperm is limited, insemination may be required. This means the sperm are administered directly into the uterine cavity. In the event of severe female and/or male fertility problems, more specialised treatment methods are employed.