If you've been trying to conceive for over a year, it could be time to see a specialist. Read on for a break down of fertility options
The good news: according to Jason Hitkari, co-director of Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia, the techniques and technology available to help you get pregnant are better than ever. We asked him to walk us through the most common fertility treatments – including how they work, how much they cost and their success rates. Read on for the basics, then talk to your doctor about which one may be right for you. Once you’ve chosen a clinic, get to know your physician, advises Hitkari. “Going through fertility treatments is emotionally demanding and often costly,” he says. “It’s a bit easier if you can develop a rapport with the person who’s on that journey with you.”
How it works: This involves inserting a sperm sample, which is specially prepared, directly into the cervical canal through a thin, flexible tube. Women often take a fertility drug (like Clomid) as well, to increase their chances of fertilization.
Best for: Men with slow-moving sperm, low sperm count or erectile issues.
Cost: $300 per un-medicated insemination (this increases by $100 when done in conjunction with Clomid, and up to $1,000 more with fertility injections).
Success rate: Nine to 15 percent per try.
Read on for more fertility methods including IVF and egg donation>