Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART): Infertility Treatment

Assisted Reproductive Technologies

There is hope awaiting you. Every cloud has a silver lining. For now childless couples, can take the help of Fertility Treatments. This could be both in the form of medication or even a surgery for that matter. There have been researches carried out, which shows that approximately 2% women had some infertility related problem last year. 10 % women had had similar problems the previous year. Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) refers to a infertility treatment, which is done with the help of artificial; means. Previously the term Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), was used only to refer method of external conception. This was namely the procedure termed as in vitro fertilization or IVF.

Today, the term Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) is used to refer to other modes of externally assisted reproduction techniques. Nowadays there are several modes to which medical practitioners can take recourse to. Let us go through some Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) techniques.

Let us come to- In vitro fertilization (IVF). This is a surgical procedure in which the eggs are removed from a woman’s ovaries. Soon after this there are some laboratory procedures which are initiated. It is here that the next step is taken up. The sperm and the ovary are made to fuse. Once external fertilization takes place, the embryo which evolves, is now placed in the women’s uterus. Generally the placement takes place after a period of 3-5 days.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) refers to a technique in which a microscopic needle is used to inject the sperm into the egg from the female reproductive system. The embryo is placed back into the uterus of the woman.

In the donor egg or embryo procedure, the problem of the incapacity of the female egg to fuse with the male sperm is looked into. This technique helps to provide a solution by in which a female egg belonging to another lady is fused with the male member’s egg. The resulting embryo is placed back in the female womb. It is left here to evolve into full formed baby.

There are even more options available ranging from surrogacy to the use of a gestational carrier to even seeking recourse to Gamete intrafallopian transfer or (GIFT). In the first case, it is another woman, who lends her womb for the development of the embryo. In the latter case, the eggs are externally made to combine with the sperms belonging to the male partner. Then it gets placed in the womb. It is here that fertilization takes place following which the gestation period of the embryo begins.

Do talk to you medical practitioner on the fertility treatment that would suit you the most.