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Assisted Reproduction

Tackling fertility problems often begins with drugs to induce ovulation, or the surgical correction of structural abnormalities. However not all couples’ fertility problems can be resolved in these ways. If this is the case, you and your partner, may have to consider more advanced treatments, which are known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART. For some couples, assisted reproduction technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) are the only treatment option. IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are the most commonly used ART procedures.

The precondition for IVF treatment is that good quality egg cells can be obtained from the woman and that suitable sperm cells are present in the man. As the woman’s age increases, the quality of the egg cells decreases. Despite advances in the area of fertility, nothing can be done about the quality of egg cells. In contrast there is much greater opportunities for obtaining sperm cells from the man and, using the ICSI technique (injection of sperm into the egg), egg cells can still be fertilized with very few sperm cells. However if there are no (longer) any suitable egg cells, then egg cell donation, among other things, can be considered. If there are no (suitable) sperm cells, then donor sperm can be considered.  

Although there are no guarantees with advanced infertility treatments, the success rates are encouraging. This section gives you more information about advanced infertility treatments such as IVF and ICSI, but also about IUI, egg and sperm donation and surrogacy.

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In its broadest sense, the term Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) refers to any treatment intended to improve the chances of a pregnancy for couples with reduced fertility. In day-to-day practice, ART is reserved for those interventions in which fertilization is aided by bringing the egg and the sperm closer together such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), or in which fertilization occurs outside the body in the laboratory such as with in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes combined with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This section provides an overview of ART procedures.

Acknowledgement: Organon India Ltd., a subsidiary of Schering-Plough Corp.For further information:

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4 - 6
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Annual Meeting of the Middle East Fertility Society

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