Infertility FAQ 002: Can Infertility Be Cured?


Yes and no. Diagnostic tests will be able to determine if there is any physical reason why you can’t have children. Operations, for example, may be able to clear fallopian tubes to such an extent that it is possible to conceive. Then there are all of the lifestyle factors to consider. Clean up your diet, make sure you are getting enough of all the right things, reduce your alcohol intake to a minimal level, stop smoking… Even how tight the male partner’s underpants are may have an effect on your ability to conceive! Some couples have reported good results from traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture.

Other couples may prefer to become parents through the adoption process, or to foster children.Of course, there is a whole range of fertility treatments that may be offered to couples. Often these are referred to as IVF, or in-vitro fertilisation. In fact, this is just one of the techniques of which infertile couples may be able to take advantage. Some couples, after exploring all of their avenues, decide not to pursue the idea of having children any further and follow other dreams, painful though this process may be.


It really depends on the problem. Most forms of infertility can be treated, so that the woman can become pregnant. But few can actually be ‘cured’ (so that she can then become pregnant on her own without further treatments) and some types are not treatable — and some women just have no luck with treatments. (The only 100% untreatable infertility would be a complete lack of a uterus. [A woman without ovaries could become pregnant with donor eggs and IVF])

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year, you need to see a fertility specialist for a complete evaluation. (you and your partner.) Fretting over what *might* be happening is just a waste of energy, and solves nothing.


Some treatments correct factors that cause infertility. If they work, the infertility should be reversed and a couple should be able to achieve one or more pregnancies. In contrast, other therapies are used to establish pregnancy in a treatment cycle without permanently correcting the underlying problem.

In some cases, medication can improve or correct an underlying medical condition that makes it difficult to conceive. Women with endometriosis, cervical infections, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or hormonal imbalances can be treated with medications, thus easing barriers to conception.

When a woman has blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, surgery to repair them is an example of treatment aimed at curing infertility. If it is successful (meaning the tube is both open and able to function normally), she should be able to conceive one or more times without further medical intervention. However, many experts believe that, for most women with blocked tubes, the chance of becoming pregnant is greater using in vitro fertilization(a technique to get around the problem) than surgery.

When considering various treatments, ask whether each approach is supposed to circumvent infertility or cure it. Get information about the chance of success with each approach (in light of your age and diagnosis) and its costs (including learning if your insurance carrier covers it).



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