Infertility Talk

Learn about the treatment options available for couples who are having difficulties trying to get pregnant.

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-Hi everyone, I'm Kara Sundlun with Parents TV. When it comes time to have children, then many couples who unfortunately are gonna figure out it's much harder than they ever dreamed of. As many as 1 out of every 6 couples will experience infertility. The good news is there are many options and experts to help you conceive. When you meet Liza Gulwakee and her 2 children, Nicolas and Caroline, you would never know all she went through to become a mom. -It was probably 9 months of trying before we decided to get some help. -She was 38, her husband 39 and they knew the clock was ticking. She went through numerous procedures including 4 cycles of in-vitro fertilization, but more doctors said her chances of conceiving with less 5%. -We just weren't ready to give up. we're-- neither of us are the kind of person that gives up without a fight and we just decided to go for it and now I have a little fun. Nicolas is almost 2 now and now he has a baby sister named Caroline who's 3 months old. Both miracle children conceived with Science. -I think the major reason you're seeing that is not because infertility is more common and more prevalent, but is because people for whatever reason their careers or whatever have postponed having children. Infertility is defined as a couple has been trying to actively conceive with appropriate midcycle timed intercourse for about 1 year's period of time. -After the given nature of shot, doctors will investigate your medical history and run some tests. -When you look at couples with infertility, about 40% of the time is due to female factor, about 40% of the time is due to a male factor, 5% of the time we find both, and then a large percentage 15% to 20% it's unexplained. -Ultrasounds are often used to look at a woman's reproductive organs, men to give a sample. -So after the man gives a sample, it ends up here and you actually count the number of sperm, right? -We do. Okay. They used this machine to keep track. -Exactly. So count motile, barely motile, just twitching and then we also count and then I slide the finger over and that's actually non-motile. -A collected sperm are frozen in here. Did you know the average man produces 50 to 150 million sperm each time? But sometimes, the sperm needs some help getting to the egg. -A vast majority of sperm doesn't make it up into the upper reproductive tract. -The cost can be under $500. For the woman, it's no more invasive than a Pap smear. If more needs to be done, in-vitro fertilization is the next option. -The first thing we do is we stimulate the female with injectable fertility medications and she takes those medications for about 8 to 10 to 12 consecutive days so she is doing a once or twice a day injection. That's a very simple process. -Doctor Nelson says that part is painless then-- -We take a little needle that goes to the vaginal wall and we're going to each ovary and we aspirate out the eggs on each ovary. The process takes 10 to 15 minutes. The patient stays with us 45 minutes to 1 hour afterwards just until the anesthesia wears off. -The eggs and sperm are mixed together to create embryos and a few days later those embryos are implanted. -Because with IVF you have precise control in terms of how many embryos you transfer back. Having a birth an excess of twins is relatively uncommon. -Success depends a lot on your age. -In our program here at the center and someone who's 30, 32 years of age, our success rates 50% to 55%. By the time you reach 40, that's down to around 35%. By the time you reach 43, you're at best 10% to 15% or less. -And it's expensive. How much? -Cycle of IVF is somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000 to $20,000. -Fortunately as a teacher, Lisa's insurance paid for everything, but emotionally she felt spent. -It definitely is a test on your marriage. You know, when we started dealing with this when we were newly weds and then we had 2 pregnancies and a miscarriage and 7 IVF cycles, all within 2 years. -Then the moment they were born, Nicolas and Caroline made all of the agony disappear. -Yeah, for anybody that's going through, it's so worth it. -In addition to traditional fertility treatments, you can also explore the mind-body connection for having a baby. -Duane Fishman is a registered holistic nurse and she spent decades using energy therapy to heal people. -We do know that the more that you want something, if you're going after it with the intention of a lot of stress behind it, they just seems to hold the process back from occurring. But when you actually do it in a more relaxed state, we found that you have better results. -15% of infertility is unexplained. Meaning doctors can't find the physical problem. -So easier to believe that that actually may be just on an energy level a blockage somewhere? -Oh sure. Sure. -And even if there is a physical reason for the infertility, doctors at the University of Connecticut often recommend different types of energy therapy to help women respond better to in-vitro fertilization. -Sometimes, it's just aiding the person to be able to endure gone through their procedure they need to go through. -She uses touch to re-balance energy and teaches her patients how to breathe away stress. -Deal with anyone and I would say take a breath really and then always when I'm asking you to take a breath, you're breathing in deeply. Very good. Nicely good. And then exhaling out and just letting go with that stress and relax. Energetically, what I find with people is that probably more times than not when I'm working with them is that they'll disclose something that they've been feeling or holding on to that they have about becoming pregnant, maybe it's a fear base, you know, to it. -For energy therapy to work, you have to be willing to practice the relaxation techniques in your daily lives. And the things you learn will certainly serve you well when you do conceive. -Once you have the baby, boy, you'd love to have this, you know, relaxation techniques. If you're experiencing difficulty getting pregnant, the best thing to do is seek the advice of an expert in the field of infertility. There are many options out there to help you have your baby. Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. I'm Kara Sundlun. -Thank you for watching Parents TV, our families, our lives.