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What is assisted reproductive technology?

Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are methods used to help couples to have a baby when they cannot get pregnant naturally. There are many different types of ARTs available. Before starting any form of ART, it is important to try and identify any factors that could be affecting your fertility, as the type of ART needed will depend on the cause of the fertility problem. Some of the most common methods of ART include: Artificial insemination - is the process of inserting sperm into a woman's vagina or uterus, using a device such as a syringe, if the man has a low concentration of sperm, or if he has functional problems such as impotence or an ejaculation disorder; In vitro fertilization - is the process of fertilizing a woman's eggs with sperm outside the body in a laboratory. Once an embryo is formed, it is placed into the woman's uterus, and; Ovulation induction - is the process of stimulating a woman's ovaries to release eggs.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Fertility


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