Assisted Reproductive Technology

The assisted reproductive technologies include such procedures as intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), to name a few. When you reach a decision to undergo one of these ART procedures, you may feel the conflicting emotions of both excitement and dread. It's normal to be excited, because this scientific approach offers tremendous breakthroughs and success in the world of fertility. With such high pregnancy rates and successful outcomes, it's only natural that you feel optimistic and joyful. At the same time, ART procedures require a big commitment from you and your partner. You'll both undergo many invasive tests and procedures. You'll be subjected to numerous medications, each with its own potential side effects. Add to that the financial burden associated with ART, and it's no wonder that you feel anxious and apprehensive.

Most women agree that this can be difficult from an emotional, physical, and financial standpoint. Plus, you have to come to terms with the fact that you probably aren't going to be able to conceive a child on your own without some kind of medical intervention. That's probably not an easy statement for you to accept, especially on an emotional level. Share with your partner and decide how much you want to reveal to other people about what you're going through. Some people find comfort in sharing all of the details with close friends and family. Other people are more private and choose to keep matters to themselves. You're likely to cope better if you have a supportive and understanding partner, considerate close friends and family, and a support group where you can vent to like-minded women.

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