When sexual arousal and stimulation reaches a climax, it causes contractions in the muscles within the penis, urethra and prostate gland. This results in semen been propelled through the urethra and out of the tip of penis. If the sperm are healthy and travel through a woman’s cervix and uterus into her fallopian tubes, one sperm may fertilize the egg. Men continue to produce sperm irrespective of their age.
While there are various fertility treatment options available, they tend to be quite costly and are not always successful. Many of these treatments may also have severe side effects and therefore are not always safe to use. Fertility drugs such as clomiphene and gonadotropins may help to regulate a woman’s reproductive hormones and also to trigger the release of one or more eggs per ovulation cycle.
These drugs, however, do have side effects such as headaches, hot flashes, cramping, bloating, visual problems and vaginal dryness. In addition, you may also run the risk of having twins or more! Surgery may help to fix blocked fallopian tubes and certain other defects. It may also be the answer if you need to remove endometriosis, fibroids or ovarian cysts.
Artificial insemination involves a concentrated dose of sperm from your partner or donor injected into your uterus by a doctor. One of the most common high tech fertility treatments is in vitro fertilization (IVF). It may help you to conceive if you have blocked fallopian tubes, ovulation problems or if your partner has a low sperm count.
Other fertility treatment options include gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), donor eggs and embryos or gestational carriers (surrogate mothers).
Because so many side effects have been associated with fertility drugs, men and women are opting for a more natural approach. Natural treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used to establish pregnancy with excellent results.
Herbs such as Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry) have been used as an effective treatment for thousands of years to promote hormonal balance and health in women. Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh) has a beneficial effect on hormone functioning because of its phyto-estrogenic properties.
It is also used by herbalists to prevent miscarriage. While Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng) has a variety of medicinal uses, it is also known to support sexual functioning, libido, promote sex drive and is often recommended as an aphrodisiac. In addition, Siberian Ginseng may also improve hormonal balance and tone the uterus thereby increasing your chance of conception.
Powerful fertility enhancing herbs for men include Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed), Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) and Tribulus terristis (Gokshura). Epimedium grandiflorum (Horny Goat Weed) is well known for its aphrodisiac properties, the ability to promote male potency while also increasing sperm production. Centella Asiatica (Gotu kola) improves the functioning and development of the male sexual organs, sperm motility and health.