Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) includes in vitro
fertilization-embryo transfer (IVF-ET), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT),
zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and frozen embryo transfer (FET). These
techniques also apply to oocyte donation and gestational carriers.
Approximately 99 percent of ART cycles performed are IVF-ET. IVF-ET has helped
many couples conceive successfully. ART may be recommended when other
treatments (such as intrauterine insemination) have not been successful or when
there is severe male factor infertility, severe endometriosis or tubal
generates a wide range of emotions. Waiting, uncertainty, and the demands of
treatment can lead to feelings of frustration, confusion, and resentment. We
believe that the more you know about the tests and treatments, the less anxiety
and concern you will feel about your condition. If you are going through this
process with a partner, please review this information together.
Most centers utilize a multi-disciplinary professional team. During your
treatment cycle, many team members, in addition to your individual physician,
will participate in your care. Advanced infertility procedures require time and
energy, as well as an emotional and financial commitment. The entire staff
should make every effort to provide you with personal and compassionate care in
order to make this difficult time as comfortable and manageable as possible.