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Family Matters: 4 Things to Try if You’re Having Trouble Getting Pregnant

You want to expand the family, but getting pregnant has been rough. Consider these four options when faced with the possibility of infertility.

Fertility Drugs

Clomiphene and Gonadotropins are the most popular drugs that many couples rely on when they are experiencing fertility struggles. The drugs are most effective when used between three to six months. Most women find the effectiveness of Clomiphene true after just three months of consistent treatment. Gonadotropins have similar effects.

The good news is that Clomiphene costs hundreds of dollars less than its Gonadotropins counterpart. You can pay anywhere from $10 to $100 for Clomiphene, whereas Gonadotropin injections require anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 financial commitment per month. The overall price of Gonadotropins depends on the dosage amount and how long you will need to take injections.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

This process involves depositing sperm from the male partner into the woman’s uterus. A catheter is usually used so that sperm passes through the cervix. Cramping is common after an IUI procedure, and the success rate is as high as 16 percent per stimulated cycle. IUI treatments have average price tags of $865.

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is carried out by doctors removing eggs from the woman’s ovaries and sperm from the male partner. The two solutions are combined in the laboratory with the results being embryos transferred back to the uterus for growth.

The side effects of IVF include cramping and spotting after eggs are removed from the woman. Cramping and spotting may also occur after inserting the embryo into the uterus for a full-term pregnancy. An IVF treatment has a success rate of 40 percent for women under the age of 34. Even women over the age of 43 have a five percent chance of getting pregnant with this procedure. Unfortunately, IVF procedures do not run cheap. You can pay well over $12,000 for one cycle that may or may not produce positive results.


When considering the possibility of expanding the family despite having struggles with fertility, you may want to think of adopting a child. It is true that the adoption process includes twists and turns that may involve court costs, attorney fees, and other miscellaneous things. That being said, the benefits of such route are immeasurable. Not only do you fill the void in your life that infertility may have created, but you also make a huge difference in a child’s life. Work with an adoption agency like A Child’s Dream or someone similar to get through the process correctly.

Whatever method you choose to follow, the important thing is not to lose hope. One way or another you can add a child to your family and experience the joy of parenthood.

Tim Esterdahl

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