Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a collection of treatment options used for couples with infertility that cannot be successfully treated using simpler and less aggressive methods. The main ART treatment is in vitro fertilization, also known as IVF or “test-tube babies.” While IVF has excellent success rates, it is more invasive than artificial insemination, and it requires a significant investment of time and money. For all of these reasons, IVF can be stressful for patients.
At the Mesa, Scottsdale and Glendale AZ offices of Advanced Fertility Care, we understand this stress and we work with you to reduce your anxiety. One of the best ways to reduce the stress associated with IVF is by helping you understand and anticipate what you may expect as far as procedures and visits. We encourage you to learn more, freely ask questions of your medical team, and to watch or read additional educational resources. Understanding the applications for each procedure will help you obtain the appropriate treatment and maximize your chance for success.
What is In Vitro Fertilization?
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that helps couples dealing with infertility conceive. The process involves extracting a woman’s eggs, collecting a sperm sample and combining the egg and sperm manually. After the egg and sperm have been combined in the laboratory, the embryo or embryos are transferred to the uterus. Although more costly, time consuming, and invasive than artificial insemination, IVF has excellent success rates for overcoming various types of infertility. Some of these include tubal factor, endometriosis, male factor infertility, age related infertility, diminished ovarian function, polycystic ovarian syndrome and unexplained infertility. Other implications for IVF are gender selection and preimplantation genetic screening for parents at risk for passing down genetic disorders.
There are additional options for IVF, like ICSI, PGD, assisted hatching, donor sperm, and a gestational carrier. Our goal is help you have a healthy baby, the least invasive, most cost effective way. The Advanced Fertility Clinic physicians will go over every possible option with you to guide you in making a more informed decision about the process that is right for you.