Confronting the idea you'll need intervention to get pregnant can be emotional and overwhelming. Luckily, an abundance of treatment options is available these days to make the dream of expanding your family a reality.

Of those available treatments, the two most common procedures remain intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The IUI process

IUI is the lower intervention option of the two procedures. The IUI procedure is timed specifically around when you're ovulating. Depending on your fertility and your family-planning goals, your doctor may put you on medication to help you ovulate or produce more follicles (eggs), thus increasing your chance of getting pregnant.

Your doctor will do ultrasounds of your developing follicle(s) every day from cycle day 10 onward until the follicle(s) mature. At that point, you will inject yourself with a "trigger" shot, which will cause you to ovulate approximately 36 hours later.

IUI is a simple procedure that can even be performed in the doctor's office without sedation. First, your partner provides a semen