Assisted Reproductive Technologies ARTs

Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) involves the sophisticated treatment and processing of human eggs and sperm to help you become pregnant. The treatments that you receive will depend on a variety of issues, including your health and that of your partner, your concerns and desires, and your particular fertility situation.

Examples of ART include intrauterine insemination (IUI), which is commonly referred to as artificial insemination, and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which results in what some people call test tube babies. Depending on your circumstance, you may be offered various other specialized techniques, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo assisted hatching, and cryopreservation of sperm and embryos. Each of these ART procedures is discussed in detail in this chapter.

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If you are seriously considering assisted reproduction, you need to understand what medical conditions or circumstances you have and why natural conception has not worked for you. You'll want to set realistic goals and understand your chances of success with each available option. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the pregnancy success rates for many U.S. clinics on its website, cdc.gov. Be sure to discuss pregnancy success rates with your doctor and find out how it applies to your particular situation. In general, it's usually best to try the least invasive procedures first. This may save you time, money, and emotional concern.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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