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What is Assisted Reproductive Technology? Definitions of 8 Infertility Treatments

I learned how to do in vitro fertilization (IVF) before I realized it was a type of “assisted reproductive technology” (ART)! If you can’t get pregnant, these definitions of eight different types of infertility treatments: ZIFT, ICSI, SUZI, MESA, TESE, MIST, GIFT, and IVF will give you something new to think about…

“Assisted reproductive technology has helped many childless couples to become parents,” writes Dr Miriam Stoppard in Conception, Pregnancy & Birth. “Originally in vitro fertilization (IVF) was the only form, but now there are a number of techniques aimed at helping a couple conceive and give birth to a healthy child. The rewards are wonderful, but the emotional costs can be high. Any couple considering assisted reproductive technology needs expert support.”

Many fertility clinics won’t provide treatments or assisted reproductive technology unless the couple has talked to a counselor or psychologist (and that can cost extra, depending on the type of infertility treatment). For more information on getting pregnant and healthy pregnancies, click Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today’s Parents. And, read on for the definitions of eight different types of fertility treatments or assisted reproductive technologies…

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