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The treatment and management of infertility in women may involve lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery or a combination of these three approaches.

The goal of treatment is to correct anatomical and/or hormonal abnormalities, when these treatments are not appropriate or they fail additional reproductive technology may be considered. In some cases, treatment strategies will not be successful or a couple may decide not to continue treatment. Adoption remains an alternative for couples seeking children.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Alternative and complementary therapies
Surgery

References:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Diabetes and pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp051.cfm . Accessed July 2010.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp136.cfm . Accessed November 2009.

American Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.ama-assn.org/ .

American Society for Reproductive Medicine website. Available at: http://www.asrm.org/ .

International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination website. Available at: http://www.inciid.org/ .

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association website. Available at: http://www.resolve.org/ .



Last reviewed December 2013 by Andrea Chisholm, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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